The National Black Arts Festival is one of the premier national and international celebrations of the art, music, and culture of people of African descent. The mission of the NBAF is to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Black United Fund, Georgia Council for the Arts, The Kendeda Fund, The Nonprofit Finance Fund/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Woodruff Arts Center: Alliance Theatre, Young Audiences, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, 14th Street Playhouse.
Just a few of the festival's visual arts offerings:
embrace: the fine arts fair of the national black arts festival
embrace: the fine arts fair of the National Black Arts Festival returns to the festival schedule this summer after two very successful years. Embrace is a unique gathering of the nation’s top art galleries, displaying and selling museum quality fine art to serious collectors looking to build their collections at reasonable prices.
July 17-20, 2008, Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324, Thursday July 17, Preview Party 7-10 p.m., Friday July 18, 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, July 19, 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday July 20, 12 p.m-6 p.m., Preview Party Pass $75 (Includes 3 day pass), Day Pass $10 (July 17-20), children free, day passes include admission to lecture series, 404.879.1500
Too Black Too Fast is an exciting exhibition which features paintings by Nashville’s Michael McBride and sculpture by Atlanta’s George Nock (formerly with the NY Jets). The exhibition spotlights the history of the slave jockeys that were the nation’s first professional athletes who contributed to the development and birth of the thoroughbred racing industry. This exhibition is supported by a documentary directed by Donnie Betts (Music Is My Life, Politics, My Mistress) and a soundtrack produced by three-time Grammy Award winning writer and producer Shannon Sanders (India Arie, Heather Headly, Lyle Lovett). Curated by Michael McBride and Linda Lima.
July 14-27, Opening Reception/Party: Monday, July 14, 6p.m. – 11p.m., Hours: Monday – Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m., 144 Walker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313, 404-688-2787
The Official National Black Arts Festival Artists’ Market moves downtown to the Georgia World Congress Center this summer to accommodate MORE independent artists, MORE art and MORE patrons. The Market features an eclectic array of original paintings, works on paper, sculpture, mixed media, photography, ceramics, unique textiles and beautiful hand-crafted jewelry. Textile artist K. Joy Peters, who has coordinated the market since 1988, returns to coordinate this special 20th Anniversary edition.
July 24-July 27, Thu-Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Georgia World Congress Center, $5