NBAF’s programs are aligned with our mission of discovering, promoting, presenting and celebrating the arts and the contributions of artists of African descent and are designed to nurture the creativity and support the aspirations of our youth, foster dialogue, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural artistic exchange and learning and designed to be accessible to audiences of all generations, cultural and economic backgrounds.

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.

NBAF’s education programs are focused on bringing arts to the schools under the umbrella of our Youth Engagement Series (YES) and in general supporting the aspirations, academic achievement and creative talent of our youth of all ages. With a special focus on school children, their families and educators, NBAF offers access to resources, events and to arts education and enrichment programs that are powerfully transformative.

Adopt-A-School Program
Through the signature Adopt-A-School program NBAF has established a deep and sustained partnership with a local school through a Move/Dance! project, working closely with the principal and teachers to define needs, structure, approach, performance/success metrics and outcomes that best supports the school’s academic, health and arts education goals. NBAF has partnered with Sylvan Hills Middle School which has a diverse student body but limited access or resources for arts education. Move/Dance! project will offer a new curriculum on Black dance, a dance competition and public presentation, dance instruction by teaching artists, scholarships linked to a small-scale financial literacy program. The project is designed to have a measurable impact on the school, specifically on academic achievement, arts education and appreciation, the health of the students and, by extension of their families. The program and project will be replicated within Atlanta and throughout the region.

NBAF’s multidisciplinary public programs include the visual, literary and performing arts, activities, events, film screenings, symposia, lectures, panel presentations and programs for all ages that fall within and extend beyond the three-month festival program season. The Visual Arts Program, which launched in 2015, includes a Fine Art of Collecting series, artists in conversation, gallery hops- programs that brings collectors and aspiring collectors together with artists and experts on art, to inspire a new generation of collectors and to educate about the value care and conservation of works of art. A Literary Arts, Performing Arts and a Film Program supports and presents artists at various stages of their careers.

The NBAF NextGenArtists Program is a new 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 NBAF’s mission. The NBAF NextGenArtists Showcase will offer public showcases to feature the work of young talent in all creative disciplines and industries, including the performing, literary and visual arts, film, multimedia, and fashion-artists who have been identified by their teachers, mentors and peers for their exceptional creative talents, demonstrated commitment, hard work and aspiration.