ATLANTA, GA, Sep. 28, 2018
Over the last three decades, the Atlanta-based National Black Arts Festival has persisted in its mission to advance the contributions of artists of African descent by showcasing Black artists from all over the country in Atlanta.
In the process, it has become a staple in the art community for Black artists, who now have a platform to impress their art into the fabric of society.
Though the mission has always remained the same, the direction of the organization has certainly changed.
One of the driving forces behind that change is CEO Vikki Morrow, whose vision is to work directly with artists to progress their careers, implement programs to foster new talent and reimage what the organization can do for Black artists.
Founded in 1987 by Michael Lomaz, former Chair of the Fulton County Commission and President of the United Negro College Fund, the organization hosted its first biannual festival back in 1988.
Over the course of its 30-year history, the NBAF has engaged in partnerships with the High Museum of Art, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Rialto Center of Arts, the Auburn Avenue Research Library, Emory University, Spelman and Morehouse Colleges, and the Atlanta Beltline. The organization’s most significant partnership to date is one that it shares with Atlanta Public Schools (APS).
In honor of NBAF’s 30th anniversary, the organization offered an entire month of festival programming, showcasing a number of events and exhibits that capture NBAF’s past accomplishments and future goals.