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Charlotte SHOUT! surrounds you with inspiring art at every turn. But Zone 7, focused on the VAPA Center, invites you to dive in and make art yourself.  

Every day, VAPA is home to hundreds of makers, creators and performers, ranging from improv comics to illustrators, photographers and fiber artists. During the 17 days of SHOUT!, you can help paint a mural, create a work of art to take home, go on an indoor scavenger hunt and more.  

For families, VAPA is an ideal oasis for kids, parents and caregivers. When you’re in VAPA, you’re not only encouraged to touch the art … you’re invited to make it, too. (And, it’s air conditioned with public bathrooms.) 



Zone 7 is an active space for creative activities of all mediums inside of the VAPA Center. Here is what to expect. 

Starting Saturday, March 30, creatives, visitors and patrons are invited to join in on the fun and contribute to a new, interactive mural inside VAPA’s multipurpose room. Selected artists are each taking a letter in the word “COMMUNITY.” They’ll start it and you will help fill the mural in.  


When you visit VAPA, go on a three floor scavenger hunt to find art and complete activities inside of VAPA. Explore the building and meet the creatives in residence. This is a perfect way for kids to get excited about art! 

This immersive painting experience, hosted on Saturday, March 30 at 1 PM, offers an interactive experience working side-by-side with abstract artists. Participants wear head-to-toe jumpsuits and use their entire bodies to paint their own masterpiece. 

Find a full schedule of SHOUT! events here. [PRO TIP: Make sure to select the activity category and venue.] 




Zone 7 is home to numerous, large-scale murals created by local and international artists in and around the VAPA Center. For more information about the pieces below, check out this link. 


  • “Delight in Dancing” by Pichiavo 

  • “Aerial Mural” by Nick Napoletano  

  • “EGO” by Ledania  

  • “Talking Walls Mural” by Matt Moore and Matt Hooker 

  • “Talking Walls Mural” by GLeo  

  • “Equity” by Nick Napaletano 



Here are some locations in Zone 7 you can enjoy and visit during SHOUT! … and anytime you’re Uptown.  


Home to artists in residence from across Charlotte and around the country, the McColl Center hosts gallery shows and events for creatives of all ages to connect with the creative community and experience different art forms. 

In addition to a company of 28 professional dancers, the Charlotte Ballet building is always abuzz with youth dancers honing their skills. 

Friends of 4th Ward offer a self-walking tour of the neighborhood highlighting historic homes, parks, businesses, cultural, religious and educational landmarks.  



Within walking distance from Zone 1, Zone 7 has several options for transportation and is accessible via car or light rail along 9th Street.   


  • For parking, we recommend the VAPA parking lot and surrounding on-street parking. More info here. 

  • Take the light rail into Uptown from Pineville or University City. Zone 7 is a short walk from 9th Street stop or the 7th Street Station stop and Zone 1. LYNX schedule here.