The 2009 National Black Arts Sponsors Luncheon is the festival’s way of saying thank you to the corporations, NGOs, government agencies, and private individuals who provide that most vital of resources to the arts community – funding.
At this year’s luncheon, the sponsors were given three very special treats. The first was the official changing of the guard for the NBAF’s Executive Producer position. Outgoing Producer Stephanie Hughley was honored as a “22 year veteran of fighting the good fight for the arts” in Atlanta. Hughley will be returning to the Northeast for a second stint at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Assuming her role is Neal Barclay, formerly of the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Here are some clips from the farewell presentation to Stephanie Hughley.
Next up on the luncheon agenda was a candid discussion between US Ambassador and former Atlanta mayor, Andrew Young, and Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of the Black female a capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. The two veterans of the Civil Rights movement shared their wisdom and experiences on topics ranging from music as protest medium to why Atlanta is THE only place where an event such as the NBAF could be born.
Since the luncheon was held at the Atlanta Civic Center, attendees were also given complimentary passes to the America I Am exhibit which will be on location at the Civic Center through September 6.
Lunch was provided by A Legendary Event, an Atlanta-based catering and special events company owned by Tony Conway. The event was planned and coordinated by Judy Hanenkrat, NBAF Special Events.
For a full list of sponsors for the 2009 NBAF, visit: www.nbaf.org/sponsors
The NBAF Summer Festival goes from July 29 – August 2, 2009. The 5-day long festival highlights the artistic and cultural contributions of Africans and African-Americans in the US. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.nbaf.org/events. To donate to the festival, visit www.nbaf.org/support.