The NBAF NextGenArtists Showcase is a signature program for young artists that identifies and recognizes the next generation of talented artists and supports them in the early stages of finding and developing their creative voices and in establishing themselves as professionals.

The goal of nurturing the creativity, supporting the talent and professional development of emerging artists of African descent is a core value of the National Black Arts Festival’s mission. The Showcase will feature young talent in all creative disciplines and industries, including the performing, literary and visual arts, film, multimedia, and fashion. Identified by their teachers, mentors and peers for their exceptional creative talents, demonstrated commitment, hard work and aspiration, the emerging artists will be selected to participate in The Showcase by a NBAF multidisciplinary advisory committee.

The NBAF NextGenArtists program is a multi-tiered program that provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences, among them, opportunities to: showcase their talents through public, spotlight events, which could include small-scale musical and theatrical performances; displays in galleries and on run ways; screenings of new films, literary readings and spoken word presentations etc.; expand their network by connecting them with mid-career and professional artists/mentors; participate in apprenticeships with established professionals in their industry; participate in NBAF’s master classes and; attend lectures and workshops that expand their knowledge about their industry and build their professional and business acumen.