Festival Season 2016

image-NBAF16_fbThe National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) offers 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, we offer programs over a two-month program season with a spotlight on one discipline.

The Spotlight Series is focused on theater from the 18th to the 21st centuries with an exciting menu of world-class theatrical, musical and dance performances and talk back/conversations, master classes, panel presentations, a symposium and gallery hops that intersect the visual art, theater, and dance.

Along with our Spotlight Series, in 2016 and beyond NBAF will continue to offer in-school arts education programs, to nurture the creative talents of our youth through youth development and engagement initiatives and to support artists of all ages and at all stages of their development and career.

NBAF Selected as Curator for Atlanta Hawks’ 2016 Black History Campaign

The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) has been selected to help shape the program and select the participants for the Atlanta Hawks’ True Comes In All Colors: Celebrating Black History campaign. With this unique partnership, the Atlanta Hawks and NBAF join in recognizing and celebrating the extraordinary artistic richness and the profound transformational impact artists working in all disciplines have had in Atlanta, America and across the world. “Partnering with the Atlanta Hawks to showcase Atlanta’s Black trailblazers, luminaries and rising stars aligns with our long cultural legacy of fostering dynamic and strategic partnerships within and outside of Atlanta,” said Lolita Browning Jackson, chair of the board of directors, NBAF.

NBAF is enthusiastic about collaborating with the new Atlanta Hawks leadership and support its demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their operations.

NBAF’s Executive Director, Grace C. Stanislaus noted, “With this campaign, the Atlanta Hawks continues to demonstrate its commitment not just to diversity and inclusion but to supporting arts and culture and meaningfully engaging its local communities. NBAF shares their commitment and values our new partnership in supporting arts and culture in Atlanta; something we have done for over twenty-eight years.”

The collaboration is part of the Atlanta Basketball Club’s expanding focus on speaking directly to multicultural audiences that are represented throughout the metro area.

“The NBAF is the pre-eminent leader in showcasing the expansive contributions of black artists in the diaspora. We are honored they have chosen to partner with the Atlanta Hawks in our mission to entertain and unite the city through showcasing unique storytelling and artists. Our alliance is another amazing opportunity to highlight Atlanta’s distinctive history as the nation’s home for civil rights as well as a modern cultural mecca,” said David Lee, Senior Vice President, External Affairs of the Atlanta Hawks and Executive Director of the Atlanta Hawks Foundation. NBAF Selected as Curator for Atlanta Hawks’ 2016 Black History Campaign

NBAF is pleased to announce the following artistic focuses for the February Atlanta Hawks games:

FEB: 1: A celebration of Blacks in Cinema
FEB 5: A celebration of Poetry and Song
FEB 8: A celebration of Jazz
FEB 19: A celebration of Afro-Caribbean Music
FEB 20: A celebration of Stepping
FEB 22: A celebration of Dance
FEB 26: A celebration of Gospel
FEB 28: A celebration of Theater

For more information on the Atlanta Hawks’ True Comes In All Colors: Celebrating Black History events please visit http://www.hawks.com/truecolors.

CONTACT Ms. Tracy Murrell National Black Arts Festival Phone: (404) 730-7315 Fax: (404) 730-7104 Email: tmurrell@nbaf.org Or Janet Smith Atlanta Hawks Phone: (404): 878-3729 Email: janet.smith@hawks.com


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A Special Gift from NBAF and Olu

From everyone here at NBAF we wish you and yours the most joyous of holidays. 2010 has been an exciting year for us and we are looking forward to bringing you the best of art and culture from the African Diaspora in the New Year.

One of our favorite artist, Olu, sent us his soulful jazzy rendition of ‘Carol Of The Bells’’ from his new project, The Holiday EP Vol 1. When we heard it we knew it would be the perfect gift from us to you.  For a limited time, you can download the single for free.
Click here and enjoy!

Have a safe holiday and we will see you in 2011

The National Black Arts Festival ~

Click here to listen to The Holiday EP Vol. 1 (CD Baby)

Click here to listen to The Holiday EP Vol. 1 (ITunes)