WHO WE ARE

VALA, Venues for Artists in the Local Area, is a 501c3, non-profit arts organization originally founded in Redmond, WA.

MISSION

Connecting artists to artists, artists to the community, and the community to art.

VISION

A thriving art venue invigorating the local cultural scene by enabling the showcasing of artwork of artists in the Eastside community of Seattle.

BRIEF HISTORY

VALA was founded in 2010 by Jessica Kravitz and John Lambert. VALA’s mission to connect artists to artists, artists to the community, and the community to art is achieved by featuring local artists who are interested in connecting to the community in meaningful ways. VALA connects artists to artists through the VALA Artist to Artist Series, which spotlights featured artists to discuss their inspiration and process with other artists and is open to the local community. VALA further connects the community to artists by facilitating events and programs, like the VALA Artist Studio, that invites community members to create art alongside featured artists. VALA creates partnerships with local businesses and organizations to create non-traditional venues for artists.