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The National Black Arts Festival Hosts a Sold Out ‘Fine Art + Fashion Benefit’ in Partnership with Neiman Marcus Honoring James Keith and Marilyn Nance



The National Black Arts Festival Hosts a Sold Out ‘Fine Art + Fashion Benefit’ in Partnership with Neiman Marcus Honoring James Keith and Marilyn Nance


This week the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) hosted it’s 18th Annual ‘Fine Art + Fashion Benefit’ at the Atlanta History Center. It was an evening filled with great food, fashion designers, student scholarships, dancing and more, all in the name of highlighting black art.

Certain notables who were in attendance include City of Atlanta Mayor, Andre Dickens, Monyetta Shaw (Real Housewives of Atlanta), Fulton County Chairman Rob Pitts, Derek J (Fashion Queens), Director of Fulton County Arts & Culture David Manuel and more!  

James Keith was awarded the Designer Extraordinaire Award and the inaugural Radcliffe Bailey Award for Excellence in Visual Arts was introduced in honor of the late visual artist Radcliffe Bailey, and given to visual artist Marilyn Nance. His mother, brother, and wife were also among the special guests in attendance. In tribute to Bailey, there was a moving dance performance originally created by ADAMA and Komanse’ Dance Theatre for the High Museum entitled, “Permanent: EW, SN”.

The evening was concluded with a fashion highlight from the event’s title sponsor of 14 years, Neiman Marcus, set to tunes provided by DJ Princess Cut.

About National Black Arts Festival – (NBAFNBAF is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to expose, educate, engage and entertain audiences by presenting and supporting the art and artists of African descent.
NBAF is committed to continuing its legacy of providing stellar artistic and educational programs across the disciplines of music, dance, film, theatre, visual and literary arts.

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