The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is a nonprofit organization with a twenty-seven year legacy of providing stellar artistic and educational programs in music, dance, film, visual arts, theater and the literary arts. Celebrated within and outside of Atlanta, NBAF is recognized as the oldest multidisciplinary arts organization in the United States focused exclusively on the arts and on artists of African descent. Through its annual festival, world class performances, commissioned works, visual arts programs and its arts education and public programs NBAF offers local, national and international audiences experiences that are extraordinary and enriching.
NBAF continues to offer multidisciplinary programs that educate, enrich and entertain our diverse audiences by showcasing the art of local, national and international artists of African descent through our Spotlight Series, which offers programs over a two-month program season (September – October) with a spotlight on one discipline. We continue in 2016 to offers in-school arts education programs, to nurture the creative talents of our youth through our youth development/engagement programs, and to support artists at all stages of their development and career.
This year our Spotlight Series is focused on theater with world-class performances, talk back/conversations, master classes, symposia, film screenings and conversations, and gallery hops that intersect the visual art and theater through pop-up performances in the participating galleries.
July Programs and Events
GALA Platinum and Purple: A Marquee Evening
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Flourish by Legendary Events
Family Day/Culture Fest
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Auburn Avenue between Boulevard Avenue and Jackson Street
ON THE HORIZON AND MORE TO COME!
An Evening with Nnenna Freelon, Masterclass and talkback/conversation
“African American Architects at the Forefront”
Step Afrika! THE MIGRATION: REFLECTIONS ON JACOB LAWRENCE
“Boundaries Crossed: Migrations Yesterday and Today”
MULTIMEDIA THEATRICAL PRODUCTION
“Soundtrack ’63: Reflect, Renew, Remix… 1963”
“A Brown Tale,” Penumbra Theater Production
“National Black Theater Companies: Still Thriving/In Crisis?”
“Still Raising Hell: The Art, Archives, and Activism of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch” Exhibition
“Call and Response: Contextualizing African American Presence in the American Theater”
VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
The Fine Art of Collecting
ONGOING EDUCATION & PUBLIC PROGRAMS
ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM
Adopt-A-School Program and Move/Dance! Project
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS
NextGenArtists Program and Showcase