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National Black Arts Festival

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Since 1988, Atlanta has hosted the National Black Arts Festival – a celebration of art and artists of African descent in dance, film, music, theater and more. Earlier this year, the NBAF named Vikki Millender-Morrow as its new president and CEO.

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Courtesy of the National Black Arts Festival

The National Black Arts Festivals is dedicated to highlighting and celebrating artwork by artists of African descent. And every year, they focus on one discipline. This past fall was theater.

Since it was started by the Fulton County Arts Council in 1988, however, the National Black Arts Festival has transitioned from a yearly three-day festival to a year-round organization. One of their recent initiatives dives into Atlanta’s schools systems.

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Sep 14, 2016
Allen Weeks

The National Black Arts Festival holds quite a title, from its website: “it is the oldest multidisciplinary arts organization in the United States focused exclusively on the arts and on artists of African descent.”

The nonprofit organization is based here in Atlanta, but it draws people from across the country to participate in its expansive programming from visual arts to dance to the literary arts.