Atlanta to Host National Black Arts F...

Atlanta to Host National Black Arts Festival 20th Anniversary

There are 37 comments on the emergingminds.org story from Jun 16, 2008, titled Atlanta to Host National Black Arts Festival 20th Anniversary. In it, emergingminds.org reports that:

The 20th Anniversary of the National Black Arts Festival will be taking place in metro Atlanta over a ten day period beginning July 18, 2008 and will feature...

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Tory One

Boynton Beach, FL

#23 Jun 23, 2008
Diversity wrote:
They should combine the black festival with the gay festival so that only one weekend a year is messed up.
yes 100% agree

Since: Jun 08

CT but now live in Atlanta

#24 Jun 24, 2008
Lol wow I guess you told me.
Teacher

United States

#25 Jun 25, 2008
ShanabellaATL wrote:
We dont have White Arts festival but there are plenty of "Italian, Irish, Polish etc etc etc" festivals around.
Get over it! We are still catching up! Whites make more money selling art about us than we make selling our own art. Come. You might learn something.
Teacher

United States

#26 Jun 25, 2008
Get over it! Learn our history. Come. You might learn something. If the White people would allow the history to be accurately protrayed in the American History courses, we would not have to go to such extremes to keep our culture and history alive. Facts about it, white people make far more money from these events than black people do. Like I said...get over the hate and come have some fun!!!
Kenneth

Atlanta, GA

#27 Jul 3, 2008
The purpose of the festival is to educate and celebrate, everyone blacks included about the African Diaspora...just like the German Festival, Jewish Festival, etc...
vwp

Milldale, CT

#28 Jul 3, 2008
Have fun! And I hope no one gets shot.
Bix Nood

United States

#29 Jul 4, 2008
I predict at least a dozen shots fired.
NothingButTheOne Truth

Lilburn, GA

#30 Jul 5, 2008
Cerberus wrote:
God help us if there was a National White Arts Festival...that would be racist, but its OK to have a National BLACK Arts Festival.
There was never and will never be a national white arts festival. Customarily, ANY national arts festival or arts festival that's not specifically designated otherwise IS a national white arts festival. Whites have never NEEDED to designate any such function or entity. Historically in this country, ALL other racial groups were PROHIBITED to attend, join, participate or in any way reap the benefits of such function or entity. Necessity dictated those non-white racial groups establish analogous functions/entities that they could fully and enjoyably participate in. Oh, and yes, it was white racism that played a significant part in the establishment of a National Black Arts Festival. But, of course you knew this right???
Glasnos

Apopka, FL

#31 Jul 6, 2008
NothingButTheOneTruth wrote:
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There was never and will never be a national white arts festival. Customarily, ANY national arts festival or arts festival that's not specifically designated otherwise IS a national white arts festival. Whites have never NEEDED to designate any such function or entity. Historically in this country, ALL other racial groups were PROHIBITED to attend, join, participate or in any way reap the benefits of such function or entity. Necessity dictated those non-white racial groups establish analogous functions/entities that they could fully and enjoyably participate in. Oh, and yes, it was white racism that played a significant part in the establishment of a National Black Arts Festival. But, of course you knew this right???
Let's see ... Vanessa Wiliams won the Miss America title in 1983
So why do they have a Miss Black America pageant again?
Realistic Man

Orange Park, FL

#32 Jul 6, 2008
I bet they use a lot of red paint to simulate blood on the crack dealer that's on the painting.
Realistic Man

Orange Park, FL

#33 Jul 6, 2008
NothingButTheOneTruth wrote:
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There was never and will never be a national white arts festival. Customarily, ANY national arts festival or arts festival that's not specifically designated otherwise IS a national white arts festival. Whites have never NEEDED to designate any such function or entity. Historically in this country, ALL other racial groups were PROHIBITED to attend, join, participate or in any way reap the benefits of such function or entity. Necessity dictated those non-white racial groups establish analogous functions/entities that they could fully and enjoyably participate in. Oh, and yes, it was white racism that played a significant part in the establishment of a National Black Arts Festival. But, of course you knew this right???
We don't need a "White Art Festival" because our work is excepted anywhere in the world. Who does'nt like Norman Rockwell's work?
Leatrice Ellzy

Atlanta, GA

#34 Jul 6, 2008
I would like to take a moment and add some insight to this dialogue. NBAF celebrates 20 years this year and is enjoyed by people of all races, religions and orientations. Our name reflects our focus, a celebration of the artistic and cultural contributions of artists from throughout the African Diaspora. One thing that most people of African descent all over the world are is Black. Note: not all define themselves as Black, but most do. It is a word that is encompassing when presenting artists that are African, African American, Afro Cuban, Afropean, Afro-Asian, etc. If you are coming to the National Black Arts Festival you know that you are going to get a 10-day dose of the highest quality music, theater, dance, film, visual art, literature and humanities created by artists of the African Diaspora.

When we were founded in 1988 there were very few opportunities for artists of color to be presented to major audiences. Without that opportunity art suffers, audiences suffer and we all miss a chance to learn about not that which defines our differences, but that which defines our similarities. The National Black Arts Festival serves as a bridge to understanding and a haven for EVERYONE to explore the beauty of culture and creativity. We expose audiences to new experiences which give them a broader view of not only themselves, but of the world that we are all citizens of.

I make no excuses for who we are, what we have chosen to call ourselves or for the work that we do. We have a diverse board of directors and staff (black, white, Jewish, Hispanic, Asian) that stand behind a strong mission. As change is slow and complicated when it comes to issues of race and economics, organizations like ours continue to be important to the artistic continuum. Artists of color who create based on an essential point of view that is intertwined with inspired genius, creative ingenuity and sincerity would wither away and die without the National Black Arts Festival and cultural arts institutions like ours who add colorful threads to the brilliant tapestry of life. In the final analysis we all lose when creativity and voice is suppressed.

Sincerely,
Leatrice Ellzy
Manager of Artistic Programming
National Black Arts Festival

Since: Jul 08

Fortson, GA

#35 Jul 6, 2008
3rd garde teacher wrote:
<quoted text>Is it to late to get a refund on that education? You left out the comma after... No,
Did you get your refund yet?

A third "garde" teacher? I hope you're not truly a teacher, because not only will your students not know how to properly spell, they also won't understand proper usage rules when it comes to "to" and "too"!

Since: Jul 08

Fortson, GA

#36 Jul 6, 2008
Cerberus wrote:
God help us if there was a National White Arts Festival...that would be racist, but its OK to have a National BLACK Arts Festival.
Well, its not a "National White Arts Festival", but how about the "13th Annual Redneck Summer Games" in East Dublin, GA? Complete Confederate Flags and all. Check out the link below. All cultures and races are invited to (and do attend) events of the National Black Arts Festival, but how welcome do you think all are at this event?

Check out the video at the link provided below:

http://www.fox24.com/newsvideo.asp...
Glasnos

Apopka, FL

#37 Jul 7, 2008
DJBo wrote:
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Did you get your refund yet?
A third "garde" teacher? I hope you're not truly a teacher, because not only will your students not know how to properly spell, they also won't understand proper usage rules when it comes to "to" and "too"!
I wouldn't doubt she is a teacher.
I wish I had kept a copy of a test that was printed in an article. It was ten questions, and covered geography and grammar and such. The article went on to say 50% of the ones who took the test failed. It was a fairly straight forward test, and I had no trouble getting all ten questions right in less than two minutes. The artcle then asked who the results were from... 6th graders, 8th or 10th graders?
Something like 80% of the readers chose 8th graders.... but the answer was ... none ... these were teachers.
It is apalling who, not only our highschools are graduating, but our colleges as well.
lucky

Lake Worth, FL

#38 Jul 25, 2008
One of the largest displays at the NBAF is the section on urban painting where dozens of dumpsters covered in graffitti are displayed. Jusdged best new entry this year.
the real world

United States

#39 Aug 1, 2008
I read over all the comments you all posted and you should be ashamed of yourselves. I am an african American and live in Tyrone, Ga. The majority of my neighborhood is of the white race in fact I have lived with white people my whole life. I have never met anyone as racist as some of you all. Why does it matter what God made us all? It's a free country so I can't change what you think but I just know God made us in equal value. I have just one question do you go to church obviously not because racism is a sin.

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