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NBAF Artist Ball

A new iteration of the NBAF Gala, The Artist Ball aims to support our work while also convening Black artists, arts professionals, and art lovers from all over the nation to celebrate artistic excellence!

Gala Reservations
Mahogany: A Celebration of Black Arts
Saturday, October 7, 2023 • 5:30PM
Southern Exchange Ballroom
200 Peachtree St. NW; Atlanta, GA 30303

Join us for an elegant evening highlighting artistic excellence as we celebrate 35 years of providing quality arts within the community. Showcasing the best in the arts, "Mahogany" will be an evening of vintage glamour incorporating all shades of beautiful brown for a bold black-tie affair that offers a spectacular immersive experience of fun, food, and art!

NBAF is proud to honor one of Hollywood’s most influential and record-breaking producers, Will Packer, with our Trailblazer in the Arts Award during our 2023 Gala.

Will Packer, Founder/CEO of Will Packer Productions, has produced or executive produced a wide range of movies that have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, including "Girls Trip", "Night School", "Ride Along," "Think Like a Man," and "Straight Outta Compton". Will Packer Media produces episodic series across platforms and compelling content for brand clients. Will Packer produced the 2022 Academy Awards, serves on the board of the Atlanta Hawks Foundation, is a longtime supporter of HBCU initiatives and a magna cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University (FAMU).

NBAF’s gala dinner menu curator, Marcus Samuelsson, is the renowned chef behind restaurants including Red Rooster Harlem, MARCUS Montreal, Streetbird at Yankee Stadium, Marcus at Baha Mar Fish + Chop House in the Bahamas, and the recently opened Marcus Bar & Grille in Atlanta, among others. Samuelsson has won eight James Beard Foundation awards as chef, author, and TV personality.

In addition, Gala attendees will enjoy performances by Broadway Musical Theatre performer Maiesha McQueen, dance performance by the Maynard High School dance students, live musical performances by NBAF Artist Project Fund Recipient and Saxophonist K. Calloway, and the Charles R. Drew Charter School Senior Academy Jazz Band, and a silent auction of 35+ works by Black artists!


NBAF Artist Ball - Atlanta, GA - Fall 2024

An exciting evolution of the NBAF Gala, The Artist Ball is a multi-dimensional interactive experience built around a Black arts-related theme in support of NBAF’s year-round arts programming.

A party with a purpose, the Artist Ball calls together our community to highlight all that we have achieved over the year while tasking us with uplifting and supporting the artists and arts organizations that are moving the culture forward.

Saturday, October 26, 2024

Intercontinental Hotel
3315 Peachtree Rd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
7 pm VIP Hour
8 pm Doors Open


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Artist Showcase: NBAF Gala Official After Party
Saturday, October 7, 2023 • 8:00PM
Southern Exchange Ballroom

The official after party for the NBAF Gala, The Artist Showcase celebrates the art and artists that NBAF has supported throughout the year with live performances, a silent auction, complimentary cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres!

Enjoy intimate headlining performances by Carl Thomas and Donell Jones!


Artist Showcase attendees will also enjoy performances by NBAF Artist Project Fund Recipient and Saxophonist K. Calloway & The Boys, dance performance by Spelman Dance Theatre students, live musical performances by NBAF Artist Project Fund Recipient and R&B Singer, Dri Jack, and a silent auction of works by Black artists!

Artist Showcase tickets can be purchased separate from Gala tickets. Gala tickets include access to the Artist Showcase.

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