An annual, multi-sensory & multi-disciplinary event that promotes important Black artists, art movements and art genres, the NBAF Black History Month series focuses on bringing Black art history to life.

Every Black History Month, NBAF will host immersive programming that takes a deep dive into an aspect of African American fine art, placing it squarely into historical context while highlighting the contemporary artists moving the art form forward.

In February 2023, the NBAF Black History Month Program will celebrate the important legacy of Black Theater with our program, "The Living Word."

"The Living Word": A Celebration of Black Theater
Sunday, February 26, 2023
The Woodruff Art Center
Rich Auditorium

A continuum of African folk traditions, Black Theatre combines storytelling, mythology, rituals, music, song, and dance with ancestor worship from ancient times to the present. It has afforded black artists a cultural gold mine to celebrate what it has been like to be an African American in The New World. - "Historical Dictionary of African American Theater" by Anthony D. Hill

This interactive, immersive experience into the history of Black theater features:

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Video projections of Black Theater icons in conversation

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Photo timeline of Black Theater history

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Screenings of iconic Black Theater snippets

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Pop Up live theatrical performances

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3D Themed Photo Booth

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Stage Readings

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& More


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