Founded in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, Visual Arts Coalition for Equity (VACE) was formed by eight small visual arts organizations who saw the need to come together to make our field more equitable, visible, and sustainable.

VACE is initially funded through a grant from the Arts Equity Reimagined Fund.

mission and values

Our core values are Equity and Economic Sustainability

We believe there cannot be equity without economic sustainability. We will work to create living wages and  dignified working conditions for arts workers and artist as well as sustainable models for funding and governance that help organizations to thrive.

An equitable arts sector is one where resources and opportunities are allocated intentionally to achieve fair outcomes for everyone, especially people and communities who have been historically marginalized or harmed by our field.


Dominique Chestand is a multimedia artist, educator, and arts administrator whose work explores the experiences of Black, queer, and other marginalized identities.

She also serves as a core member for Chicago BIPOC Playwrights, a support organization for playwrights and writers of color interested in alternative systems of theater-making and storytelling.

As an educator and arts administrator, Chestand has worked for organizations such as Camera Ambassador, OUT OF SIGHT, Young Chicago Authors, the Danish Arts Council, the Los Angeles Dance Project, the Chicago Park District, Redmoon Theater and Adventure Stage.

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member organizations

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh exhibits, promotes and supports the work of visual artists who call Pittsburgh and the surrounding region home.

Boom Concepts

BOOM Concepts is dedicated to the development of artists and creative entrepreneurs representing marginalized voices.

Brew House Association

Brew House Association (BHA) cultivates a wide range of artistic development through an 11-month studio residency called Distillery, a curatorial support program called Prospectus, public gallery exhibitions, and flexible leased studio space.

Bunker Projects

Bunker Projects is a residency program and experimental gallery devoted to building a living laboratory for artists in Pittsburgh.

Casey Droege Cultural Productions

Casey Droege Cultural Productions is an artist-run/woman-owned business dedicated to building the Pittsburgh arts community by offering accessible, quality art experiences that connect the local and the global, encouraging the growth of a local arts community, and building a diverse arts audience.

Nafasi On Centre

Nafasi on Centre is a community development initiative utilizing art as the vehicle and is a partnership between the Hill CDC and #ArtsinHD, an action planning group, and subcommittee of the Hill District Consensus Group.

Silver Eye Center for Photography

Silver Eye promotes the power of contemporary photography as a fine art medium by creating original exhibitions, unique educational programming, and a space for artists to learn, create, and connect through their digital lab.

Women of Visions, Inc.

Women of Visions, Inc., is an women’s African American visual arts organization established in 1981.

Their mission is to promote arts, culture, and history of the African diaspora through collaboration, community outreach, and progressive opportunities.