The Arts Empowerment Project

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Natalie Frazier Allen, CEO and Founder
Primary Contact Name
Natalie Allen
Main Address

(VAPA Center) 700 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
United States

The Arts Empowerment Project's Mailing Address
15105-D John J Delaney Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
United States

What We Do

TAEP operates in the Charlotte Community to break the cycles of trauma through arts opportunities which ignite change in vulnerable youth. Our vision is to provide a community that gives every child art experiences that broaden horizons, foster resilience, and build life essential skills. We provide high quality arts programming, enrichment experiences, and social and emotional development for children in need of access to light, hope, equity and opportunity. Our location at the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VAPA) in Uptown Charlotte provides underserved children in our community a safe place to express their creativity in an environment that promotes self-acceptance, awareness, and healing.

Interesting Info
  • Over 1,400 children have participated in our programs in Charlotte which have emotional and social learning components to build essential life skills.
  • In 2023, we served distributed 326 HeART packs, had cumulative attendance of 1,450 students and 83 classroom sessions.
  • Our Annual Fundraiser is coming up in October 16, 2024 at the Mint Museum of Art at 6 p.m. Please Save the Date!
Geographic Location

The Arts Empowerment Project’s Annual Fundraiser
Duration of 3 hours
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