July 13, 2019 @ 7:00PM — July 14, 2019 @ 12:00AM
A Celebration of Culture with Art and Technology
With the movie Black Panther's effect on pop culture, we wanted to celebrate AfroFuturism — a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science and history that explores the African diaspora culture with technology.
The NBAF Gala will celebrate art and technology in all its fabulous manifestations — décor, music, performances and entertainment. NBAF is pleased to honor two of its most steadfast sponsors — UPS and Turner — for their support of art and technology to enrich our lives, to educate, to entertain, — to provide services and information around the globe.
Illustration by Steve Allen
ABOUT THE NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL
Founded in Atlanta in 1987 by the Fulton County Arts Council under the guidance of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, NBAF is recognized as the oldest multidisciplinary arts organization in the United States focused exclusively on the arts and artists of African descent. The United States Congress honored NBAF as a "national treasure" in 2008, and in 2018 NBAF received the Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities in Georgia. What began as a seasonal outdoor festival has evolved into a robust calendar of year-round school programming designed to support the artist of today and tomorrow, and public events that engage and entertain audiences who have a passion for the arts. Our programs not only promote artistic expression in young people; they pave the way for distinguished careers in the ﬁne arts, performing arts and literary arts. NBAF's mission is to advance the arts and the contributions of artists of African descent. We present, support and celebrate their work through excellent artistic and educational programs in spotlights and showcases, festivals and exhibits, and with arts education and youth development programs that nurture the talent of the next generation. NBAF realizes its mission through partnerships with local and national cultural and educational organizations, governments, individuals, corporate and private funders – partnerships that enable us, in part, to create pathways to success in the arts and in society for our community, children and youth, especially in under-resourced communities and disadvantaged circumstances.
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