The Mission

FLIGHT is a citizen-organized fund designed to propel creative urban projects.

Our model is simple:

Private donations fuel the fund.

Creative people apply for support.

We give grants.

Cool things happen.


The Story

FLIGHT was born over coffee and croissants at lucettegrace in downtown Raleigh.  

Jed Gant had hatched The Raleigh Murals Project. Pam Blondin had organized Raleigh’s first parklet, raleigh [  ] space. They both wondered how to keep adding fuel to Raleigh’s creative fire. Neither is known for backing down on a good idea.

Enter: VAE. The Visual Art Exchange’s mission is to incubate and support creativity. Perfect match. Conversations happened, excitement turned to action.


The Projects

We hope this is the start of something big, something long-lasting, something truly impactful.

We have been intentionally general in our description of what constitutes a “project” because this isn’t just about art. It’s about creativity in an urban setting.

Applications open in January 2016 and we will continue making awards as long as we have money to grant. Projects will be featured on this site and in social media.