National Black Arts Festival announces June through September events

Wynton Marsalis will serve as the NBAF’s inaugural Spotlight Series curator. AJC FILE PHOTO

Wynton Marsalis will serve as the NBAF’s inaugural Spotlight Series curator. AJC FILE PHOTO

BY SHELIA POOLE / AJC

The National Black Arts Festival will mark its 26th year in June, with a new vision and a plan to make the program an“epicenter” of arts in the African diaspora.
The festival runs from June through September and will feature prominent and promising musicians, artists, playwrights and actors. They include jazz legends Wynton Marsalis, who serves as the NBAF’s inaugural Spotlight Series curator; and saxophonist and composer, Jimmy Heath,
The strategic plan will put the festival “back on the map in a new way and give it a new direction,” said Sonya M. Halpern, chairwoman of the board of directors. The focus is on fewer – but higher quality- events.
Mayor Kasim Reed also announced that the city was pumping $20,000 into the NBAF, which ended the last season in the black with five months of cash on hand.
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