Youth on the Move!

About the Project

Broken homes. Poverty. Childhood Obesity and Health Disparities.  Youth in underserved communities deal with much more daily than we may realize when they come to school, and that’s why we partner with Atlanta Public Schools to support efforts that lift student’s spirits, build self-esteem, address issues related to nutrition and exercise, and support their academic success.   The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) has served over 400 students in middle schools in Atlanta through its Move/Dance Program for the last few years.  

The Move/Dance Program was established by the National Black Arts Festival as part of its new Adopt-A-School Program.  It brings much-needed arts education and physical education back into local Atlanta middle schools.  The program encourages and nurtures the talent and the ‎aspirations of middle school students while supporting the school, parents, and guardians -  and the academic as well as the health and wellness goals.  As an interventionist project the Move/Dance Program marries the creative arts with the goal of addressing prevalent health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity and other ‎conditions that plague our communities, with fun dance lessons that support movement and exercise. 
  
The program supports academic studies by presenting the history of Black Dance, dance techniques and style, and financial literacy. This academic year, NBAF is supporting over 300 youth from Sylvan Hills Middle School and Young Middle School and we’d like to serve more students. Move/Dance is a successful program because it focuses on addressing the needs of the whole child – on supporting, nurturing, expanding and improving their creativity, talent, knowledge, academics and health.
   
Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by the City of Atlanta, Office of Cultural Affairs and will go directly to support these program activities:

-Teaching Artist Salaries
- Program staff time to execute all activities
- Healthy snacks and meals

- Program and performance supplies
- Health Assessment Tools 
- Curriculum Development & Program Evaluation Assessments
- Program Evaluation Assessments
- Field Trips

Thank you to all of our donors and the City of Atlanta for your support of the National Black Arts Festival and our work with Atlanta Public Schools.
 

The National Black Arts Festival celebrates a 30-year legacy of providing stellar artistic and educational programs in music, dance, film, visual arts, theater and the literary arts. Celebrated within and outside of Atlanta, NBAF is recognized as the oldest multidisciplinary arts organization in the United States focused exclusively on the arts and on artists of African descent. Through its annual festival, world-class performances, commissioned works, visual arts programs and its arts education and public programs NBAF offers local, national and international audiences experiences that are extraordinary and enriching. 



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Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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    Support NBAF during our 30th Anniversary - In 2018, NBAF celebrates 30 years of presenting multidisciplinary and educational programs and art that educates, enrich and entertain our diverse audiences and that support and nurture the cultural life of Atlanta. Please support us by donating $30.
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