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.


Saturday, September 10, “National Black Theater Companies: Still Thriving/In Crisis?”

Sunday, September 11, “A Brown Tale”

Saturday, September 17, “Call and Response: Contextualizing African American Presence in the American Theater”

Sunday, September 18, “GOREÉ CROSSING: A Staged Reading”

Friday, September 23, Gallery Hop I: “Intersecting Disciplines: Visual Art/ Theater/Dance”

Saturday, October 1,  “In Conversation with Phil Freelon, An Architect at the Forefront”

Sunday, October 2, An Evening with Nnenna Freelon

Saturday, October 8, “Boundaries Crossed: Migrations Yesterday and Today”

Saturday, October 8, “Step Afrika! The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence”

Saturday, October 15, “New Movements in Dance: Atlanta’s Rising Choreographers”

RESCHEDULED: New Date TBA, Gallery Hop II: “Intersecting Disciplines: Visual Art/ Theater/Dance”