National Black Arts Festival

National Black Arts Festival was established with the first festival in 1988 and is a nonprofit organization with a twenty-eight 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.

What has struck me in particular about the Audience Building Initiative and Roundtable is that it aligns the philanthropic focus and interests of a major Atlanta foundation with the real needs of its local cultural community and arts organizations. In developing and launching the initiative, the Arthur M. Blank Foundation affirms its understanding that our effectiveness at audience building is foundational to the sustainability of our organizations. And in bringing together organizations that typically operate in isolation from each other to share war stories, solutions, ideas, best practices, tools, methodologies and resources, the Foundation has provided a rare opportunity for exchange, collaboration and shared learning.
— Grace Stanislaus, Executive Director


Grace Stanislaus

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