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New England Foundation for the Arts Selects NBAF as Hub Site for National Dance Project


NBAF (National Black Arts Festival) has been selected by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to serve as a hub site to its National Dance Project a program designed to encourage the creation of new work in dance designed to tour audiences throughout the United States. Neil Barclay, President & CEO of NBAF, is one of six new field leaders chosen to serve as a hub site representative in 2011.

Atlanta, GA, November 20, 2010 --(PR.com)-- NBAF (National Black Arts Festival) is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to serve as a hub site to its National Dance Project – a program designed to encourage the creation of new work in dance designed to tour audiences throughout the United States. Neil Barclay, President & CEO of NBAF, is one of six new field leaders chosen to serve as a hub site representative in 2011.

With lead funding provided by the Doris Duke Foundation, NDP Hub Sites are leaders of U.S. – based presenting organizations with extensive knowledge of the dance community, and play instrumental roles in developing new dance work and dance audiences within their communities. NDP Advisors are artist and organizational leaders from the dance field. Together, this group makes funding recommendations and provides feedback on program development and policy.

"It is my great privilege to once again serve as a hub site representative for NDP," states Barclay. "The project has provided a vital source of funding for the creation and touring of some of the nation's most respected dance artists for over 15 years."

As a new hub site representative, NBAF joins a noteworthy list of distinguished, progressive Arts organizations that support the National Dance Project's initiatives. This includes Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (University of Maryland), Bates Dance Festival, Danspace Project and other others.

Media inquiries for NBAF can be directed to Margaret Kargbo, PR/Marketing Associate at (404) 224-3463 or mkargbo@nbaf.org. For more information or complete bios of hub site representatives and advisors, visit www.nefa.org.

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About NBAF
NBAF (National Black Arts Festival) is one of the premier national and international celebrations of the art, music and culture of people of African descent. The mission of NBAF is to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression. NBAF produces year-round education programming, as well as events presented in collaboration with our partners, in addition to the annual summer festival for which the organization is named.

Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners through the Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of Education, Georgia Humanities Council, and the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. NBAF was recently granted a $1 million 5-year restricted grant to participate in Leading for the Future (LFF), a program of the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The grant focuses specifically on the use of technology and new media as a tool for communication and development of new audiences as well as the dissemination of creative ideas and expression.

About National Dance Project
The National Dance Project is supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.

NEFA creatively supports the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, makes vital connections between artists and communities, and builds the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region’s creative sector. NEFA is a nonprofit that operates with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations, and individuals.

NEFA currently administers grantmaking programs of regional, national, and international scope that support the performing arts, public art, and Native American artists. NEFA also leads projects and initiatives that range from the analysis of the impact of the creative economy to the creation of online tools which link and advance the cultural community. For more information on NEFA’s grant programs and services, please visit www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010.
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Margaret Kargbo
404-224-3463
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www.nbaf.org
Darlene Hamilton
404-730-0186
dhamilton@nbaf.org

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