Event Information


National Black Arts Festival

Piedmont Park
Atlanta, Georgia (South)

Event Dates: 7/7/18 - 7/8/18
Application Deadline: 4/22/18 Midnight EST
60 day(s) and 8 hour(s) remaining


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application fee): $25.00


Event Summary
Established in 1988, National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) celebrates its 30th anniversary by bringing back the tradition of an outdoor festival and artist market featuring African American Artist. The National Black Arts Festival is recognized as one of the top festivals in the country. 
NBAF HAS A proud reputation as the oldest multidisciplinary arts organization in the country representing artist of African Descent.  The mission of the National Black Arts Festival is to advance the Arts and contributions of artist of African descent. 

This festival is a professional event featuring skilled African American artists who are selected based on their expertise in artistic mediums including painting, ceramics and sculpture, jewelry design, glassblowing among many other arts. The festival will feature an artist market, live music, dance, food and much more. 

This year's festival will be placed at one of the largest and most enthusiastic venues in the Southeast, Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. With an expected 15,000 plus visitors, it is sure to be a celebration of unique visual artworks, musical performances, delicious food, and various activities for adults and children. 

We invite you to come join us in celebrating our 30th Anniversary by attending the 2018 NBAF Arts Festival and activities at Piedmont Park ON JULY 7&8 2018. For more information about the event, please visitwww.nbaf.org.

Festival Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00...

General Information
Accept applications: November 02, 2017
Application deadline: April 22, 2018
Jury dates: April 23-25, 2018
Notification of acceptance:  April 26, 2018
Accept invitation & purchase deadline: May 15, 2018
Wait List Released:  May 20, 2018
Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the Director and included in the Wait List.
Cancellations by confirmed artist participants must be received in writing before 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2018, for a refund of booth fee.  Application fees are non-refundable.

Artists will have the opportunity to apply in two different categories.

1) As an Independent Artist with their own set-up (10x10) showcasing their own work. (or)
2) In a Juried Exhibition, showcasing only three pieces of work.

(Guidelines are listed below)

Independent Artist 
2-D Mixed Media: Includes more than one type of physical material such as collage, papermaking, encaustic, pen and ink, paint, pencil, watercolor, or photography.  Finished art suitable for wall mounting. 
3-D Mixed Media: Includes more than one type of physical material such as mosaic, papier mache, clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or any other 3-dimensional objects.
Ceramics: Original shaped and fired clay including earthenware, porcelain, and raku.
Digital Art: Two-dimensional works from which the original image is manipulated by the artist using a computer using programs such as Drawing, Illustrator, Paint or other software applications. 
Drawing & Printmaking: Original drawings made with pen, pencil, charcoal, pastels or chalk.  Printmaking process may include pulled plates, linoleum prints, etching, engraving, silkscreen or lithography.  All prints must be signed and numbered by the artist. Photocopies are not permitted.
Fiber: Works created from fibers including basketry, batik, weaving, papermaking, knitting, and quilting.  Embellishment of manufactured materials is not permitted.  
Glass: An object made of glass including blown, fused, stained, cast and molded.  Embellishment of manufactured materials is not permitted.
Handcraft:  Handmade items made by the artist from manufactured, recycled, or repurposed materials transforming the combined materials into a unique product in a cohesive collection.  A complete description of items required.
Jewelry: All Jewelry crafted from metal, glass, stone, clay, or other materials.  Commercial molds or casts are not permitted.  At least 50% of the organic materials in the finished product used must be produced by the artist.
Metal: Functional and non-sculptural works incorporating metal.
Painting: The use of oils, acrylics, watercolors, and tempera suitable for hanging.
Photography: Prints, transparencies or digital images made from the artist’s original negative or taken with a digital camera that has been processed by the artist.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional work is done in any individual medium.
Wood & Furniture: Original works in wood that are built, turned, carved or tooled. Embellished manufactured wood items are not permitted.
-       T-shirts and commercial clothing
-       Posters
-       Manufactured toys
-       Commercially manufactured or reproduced items (resale)
-       Jewelry made from more than 50% manufactured components
-       Any item that employs the use of commercially available molds or patterns
NBAF Juried Exhibitions
In celebration of its 30th Anniversary, NBAF will feature two (2) juried exhibitions during its summer festival in Piedmont Park, July 7th - 8th, to showcase the phenomenal artistic talents of African American artists in the following categories.

NBAF presents “30 Under 30”  
Submission Guidelines:
· Original works no larger than 36″ in any direction. Acrylic, Airbrush, Assemblage, Charcoal, Color Pencil, Collage, Digital Art, Drawings, Encaustic, Fiber Art, Graphite, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media, Oil, Painting, Pastel, Photography (Traditional and Digital), and Watercolor, will be considered. * Sorry no jewelry or sculpture for this exhibition
· Artists must be under 30 years of age
· $30 for 3 images
· Deadline: April 22, 2018
· Notification:  April 30, 2018

NBAF presents “Our Roots Run Deep: Georgia’s African American Female Artists”
This exhibition is dedicated to the spirit and creativity of African American female artists living in Georgia.

Submission Guidelines:
· Original works no larger than 36″ in any direction. Acrylic, Airbrush, Assemblage, Charcoal, Color Pencil, Collage, Digital Art, Drawings, Encaustic, Fiber Art, Graphite, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media, Oil, Painting, Pastel, Photography (Traditional and Digital), and Watercolor, will be considered. * Sorry no jewelry or sculpture for this exhibition.
· Artists must reside in Georgia
· $30 for 3 images
· Deadline: April 22, 2018
· Notification:  April 30, 2018
A two-person jury panel will review artist submissions to determine which work will be shown in the 2018 exhibitions. 

AWARD Ribbons
The Jury will award Exhibitor applications based on technical ability, originality of the art and quality of the booth display.  Judging and awards will be held on Saturday for Best of Show, Fine Arts; Best of Show, 1st Place; 2nd Place; 3rd Place; Honorable Mention (two) and Best Booth.  
- Snacks and water will be provided for artists on Saturday and Sunday.
- Booth Sitters are available during event hours upon request.
- Designated Festival Hotline available during event hours regarding assistance, emergencies, questions, concerns, etc.
- Friday load-in (Friday only load in)
- 24 Hour on site Security
- AFFPS is among the top award-winning art festival organizations in the southeast. 
- Voted Best Festivals by local media and Nationwide with three shows in the TOP 100.
- AFFPS is contracted by the National Black Arts Association to manage the event only. 
- The National Black Arts Festival at Piedmont Park is owned by the NBAF Foundation.
- NBAF employs professional marketing strategies including:
            - PR and online media platforms
            - Print and online media ads
            - Radio and TV
            - Billboards, banners, posters and yard signs
            - Extensive business partner collaboration
            - Social media
            - Dedicated interactive website
            - Direct mail
            - 300+ online calendar entries

Media Sponsor:
BLACK ART IN AMERICA™ (BAIA) is a leading online portal and network focused on African-American Art.

Free parking will be available at the event site.  On street parking is also available in the surrounding neighborhood. 
A wait list will be maintained.  Selected wait-listed artists may be contacted when the Wait List is released through one day prior to the event date.
Artists who have not checked-in on Friday, July 6th, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. will be considered a “no-show.”
No Show artists are not eligible for refunds.  Assigned space(s) will be forfeited to a wait-list artist.
If as an Artists you have not checked in and set-up on Friday, July 6th, 2017 you will not be permitted to set-up for the event, no exceptions/ no deviations from the rules and regulations will be made/ granted.

There will be no “rain date” and fees will not be refunded in the case of inclement weather.  The event will take place rain or shine.
Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting Sales Tax.  A Sales Tax reporting documents are provided to participating artists at check-in at the event.  The current Sales Tax rate for this event is 8% (Georgia 4%, Fulton County 3%, City of Atlanta 1%).
All AFFPS Festivals support the National Black Arts Festival organization, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a stronger arts community.  

To view the NBAF/ AFFPS Event Policies for Artists online CLICK HERE.

1. The Festival provides only the ground space for exhibits.  Each Exhibitor must provide and prepare his/her own displays.  We require ALL Exhibitors to use white top tents of EZ UP quality or higher.  All tents must be weighted and APPROVED prior to Check-IN.  Click here for Tent & Weight Compliance.  An Image of your tent set-up must be submitted with your application to be considered (or/ you will be REQUIRED) to rent a tent from Classic Tents at an additional cost.
2. Prior to the Festival, Exhibitors will be notified of their site location and detailed setup information.  Plan to set up your booth on Friday before the Festival.  (Please do not call for booth assignments, they will be posted on Zapp once they are completed).
3. After unloading Exhibitor vehicles must be moved to designated parking.  Vehicles will not be permitted to remain in the exhibition space during the Festival, nor may they enter the Festival grounds until approved by the Festival Committee.
4. Exhibitors shall be responsible for obtaining any required licenses, permits or approvals under state laws applicable to his/her activity at the Festival and for paying any taxes, sales taxes, fees or other charges that may be applicable to any Exhibitor's activity at the Festival.
5. The Festival is a rain or shine event.  Cancellations must be made submitted in written form by mail or email before  May 15, 2018.  By mail: send to P.O. Box 422571, Atlanta GA 30342.  By email: to info@affps.com.  No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the event date or for no-shows. 
6. The Festival reserves the right to cancel an Exhibitor's contract.  The Festival may require the Exhibitor to leave the Festival at any time if the Exhibitor is in violation of any rules and/or regulations stated herein.
7. Neither AFFPS nor its agents or representatives will be responsible for any injury, damage, or loss that may occur to the Exhibitor, the Exhibitor's agents or representatives or his/her property from any cause whatsoever.  Exhibitors should obtain, at their own expense, insurance against any loss, damage, or injury they may require.
8. All Artist Market merchandise must be original, handmade and created by the Exhibitor.  Reproductions must be clearly identified as such. Original art must occupy at least 50% of the artist's space.  Browse bins may occupy only minimal space and must be aesthetically pleasing and not obstruct patron flow.  All artwork on display must be for sale.
9. Artists may only show work in categories approved by the Jury.
10. Artists must be present with their work for the duration of the Festival.  No commercial agents, dealers or salespeople may operate an artist's booth.
11. If you do not follow the Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines as set forth by the management of the event, you will be asked to leave the event and forfeit any refunds, monies or claims to recourse.

Booth Information
Application fee: $25 ($35 for mail-in)
Standard booth fee: $300
Standard booth with Tent Rental: $550

Double booth fee: $600 (limited availability)
Corner upgrade: $100 (limited availability)
Electricity: $100 (limited availability)
Assigned booth spaces are approximately 10’ deep and 12’ wide or greater. Double booths are also available.  Please note that the festival route is along a street with some areas that are not level.  All work exhibited must be confined to the assigned space(s). Artists are responsible for providing their own means of displaying their work.  All artist tents must be weighted with a minimum of 40 pounds per leg with a white canopy. 

ALL WORK MUST BE CONTAINED WITHIN THE BOOTH SPACE. No one is permitted to have items outside of their tent or allocated space. Violations of this rules will subject to immediate forfeit of space.

Artists will be able to unload near their booth during set-up and tear down. Artists can load-in only during the designated times and must check-in with a photo ID. The lane of traffic where the festival takes place is only wide enough for one vehicle. Therefore, we depend upon artists’ cooperation to keep traffic moving at a pace that will allow everyone equal time to set-up. We ask that upon arrival at your booth location you unpack then move your vehicle before you start set-up. Artists will be responsible for hand carting in additional merchandise after the designated load in time.