Downtown Raleigh Alliance
#Repost @vaeraleigh ・・・ One of our new priorities is putting money directly in artists' pockets with grants, fellowships, artist stipends, and through our Fiscal Sponsorship program that allows individual artists and non-incorporated art collectives to fundraise for creative projects using VAE’s resources and nonprofit status. Last year we hooked artists up with about $65,000 for their projects, and we hope to grow this amount in 2018! We have also increased our exhibition opportunities, showing the work of 1600+ artists in 81 exhibits in the past year, paying out over $27,000 in artist commissions. And perhaps most important of all is VAE's clarified focus on building partnerships and using our resources to amplify the voices of populations who are often the most vulnerable or overlooked. (Our current exhibition is work made by men serving life sentences in Central Prison. Come check it out!) . All of this growth happens because of you and for you. This is why I'm writing to ask you to consider donating your artwork to VAE’s For the Love of Art Auction. This fundraiser is our single biggest source of income for the year, fueling all the good work we do. Everyone who works at VAE is also a working artist, so we know how often you get asked to donate. But VAE’s fundraiser is one of few that raises money to directly benefit artists. Proceeds from your donation will support for YOUR own career. Each staff member donates their artwork to VAE’s annual gala alongside you. I am currently finishing the second of my two donations for this year's gala. We support this organization because we know, first hand, how important supporting artists' careers is! . So we hope we get to hang out with you tonight and raise a glass together to making this creative community everything it can be. And we hope that you'll consider supporting VAE by bringing an art donation along with you tonight! Besides that warm fuzzy feeling of a good deed done, other benefits of donating your work include the opportunity to connect with great curators and collectors, discounted gala tickets, and promotion of your artwork! . Pictured: "Goodbye" - @bmcordrey

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