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On October 30, 2021, NBAF will present the "Ascend" Annual Benefit and Horizon Awards Presentation. We invite you to "Ascend" as we reach new levels together to recognize, support, and elevate African American artists. The Ascend celebration will honor NBAF's mission to support emerging artists by hosting a highly curated experience that focuses on how collectively, we can transform lives in our community. Join us to celebrate the rich history and cultural legacy of NBAF featuring great food, live entertainment, and distinguished guests. With partners like you, we can rise above to safeguard artists' hopes, creations, and progress.


2021 Ascend Annual Benefit & Horizon Awards
October 30th
Guardian Works


For Sponsorship Information, please contact D'Anna Hawthorne at 404-702-1964 or





The Ascend Auction Committee is hard at work seeking and securing wonderful "must have" items for our guests to have the exclusive opportunity to bid upon during this prestigious event. Purchased items will enable NBAF to reach our fundraising goal and you will have the benefit of supporting a talented black artist while receiving a tax deduction.

For information about the Auction, please contact Ashley Minter at


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The National Black Arts Horizon Awards seeks to help emerging artists of African descent to scale their careers in the categories of visual arts, film and music. The award is highly competitive and grants the recipient in each category with a $10,000 awards package to fund their practice. Winning emerging artists have been working in their respective fields for at least three to seven years, have a proven track record of success, and have dedicated themselves to a career in their field.


For more information about 2021 Horizon Awards, please contact



Given the global impact caused by COVID-19, NBAF will implement safety protocols for this event including requiring our guests to wear a mask and provide proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test dated no earlier than October 27th. Thank you for respecting our policy and joining in our effort to convene safely for our annual benefit.



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About NBAF

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. NBAF realizes its mission through partnerships with 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, especially for those in under-resourced communities with disadvantaged circumstances. 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. 




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National Black Arts (NBAF)
For more information about the event please contact D'Anna Hawthorne

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