A legacy of providing stellar artistic and educational programs in music, dance, film, visual arts, theater and the literary arts.

About the Project

The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) has proudly presented in-school educational artistic programming for over 15 years. Since 2017 the NextGen Artist Program has served over 200 high school students with an aim of nurturing dreams, creativity and artistic talents of emerging artists of African descent which is a core value of NBAF's mission. The program provides a structured artistic curriculum with workshops, classes, lectures, mentoring, business and professional development, and opportunities for competitive scholarships. This transformational experience merges industry partnerships and leaders in film/media, visual arts, and fashion as the first-year disciplines for the students engaged in the program. The program goals include increased presentation skills (written and verbal), creating academic success, higher education graduation rates, and pathways to higher education. Additionally, "Rising Stars" students participate in the Summer Immersion program with Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD), for a one-week live on campus experience attending classes in their artistic discipline. Students engaged in this innovative academic program hail from Booker T. Washington High School and Benjamin E. Mays High School on Atlanta's Westside.

About National Black Arts Festival

The National Black Arts Festival has 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 Season, 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.

With strong leadership and support from the community, the Season, a centerpiece of NBAF’s mission, is an annual showcase of artists of African descent who are creating, innovating and producing extraordinary work. Over its three-decade long history, NBAF has attracted millions of people from  the region, across the country and around the world to events and programs that  are entertaining, educational and enriching. By featuring artists from the African Diaspora, from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America, NBAF promotes art and culture as vehicles for bringing diverse communities together. 

Over the years, NBAF has featured acclaimed artists Maya Angelou, Wynton Marsalis, The O’Jays, Toni Blackman, The Manzari Brothers, Pearl Cleage, Harolyn Blackwell, Varnette Honeywood, Spike Lee, Katherine Dunham, Harry Belafonte, Maurice Hines, Maxi Priest, Sonia Sanchez, Radcliffe Bailey, Bill T. Jones, Youssou N’Dour, Giwayen Mata, Carrie Mae Weems, Julie Dash, Amiri Baraka, Tito Puente, Ousmane Sembene, National Ballet de Guinea, Gladys Knight, Les Nubians, Philadanco, The Heath Brothers, Cicely Tyson, August Wilson, Chakaia Booker, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Louis DelSarte, Alfre Woodard, Angie Stone, Omar Sosa, Jessica Care Moore, Nikki Giovanni, Russell Gunn, Gregory Porter, among many others.

NBAF promotes diversity and success in the arts for people of African descent by working to grow our next generation of artists. Its school-based education programs present the rich history of the arts, and particularly artists of African descent, provide artistic and professional development for public school students, improve their academic success and open pathways to higher education. NBAF also showcases emerging artists to help market their work and advance their careers.  

Join us in celebration of our 30th Anniversary!

Help NBAF ensure that every child in our community, regardless of their circumstances, can enrich their life and build their future through the arts as we work to uplift the next generation. 

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. 



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    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 or more.

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