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 launches 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 NextGenArtists Showcases offers public showcases of the artist’s work 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 for their exceptional talent, and demonstrated commitment.