ATL: NBAF And Neiman Marcus Team Up For Fabulous ‘Art + Fashion Benefit’ Honoring Keith And Marilyn Nance

March 29, 2024

By HWM

In a dazzling uptown style at the historic Atlanta History Center, the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) celebrated its philanthropic18th Annual ‘Fine Art + Fashion Benefit.’

The philanthropic evening unfolded with a delightful blend of culinary delights, Haute showcases, scholarship awards, and rhythmic beats, all in homage to the richness of black artistic expression.

Among the esteemed attendees were luminaries such as Atlanta‘s own Mayor Andre Dickens, reality TV personality Monyetta Shaw from the “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and Fulton County Chairman Rob Pitts and many others.


Including, to not to be missed were the notable presences of fashion icon Derek J from “Fashion Queens” and the esteemed Director of Fulton County Arts & Culture, David Manuel.

The spotlight shone brightly on James Keith as he was honored with the prestigious Designer Extraordinaire Award, while the inaugural Radcliffe Bailey Award for Excellence in Visual Arts paid homage to the late visionary artist Radcliffe Bailey, presented posthumously to visual artist Marilyn Nance.

Among the touching moments, Keith’s family, including his mother, brother, and wife, shared in the celebration.

A poignant dance performance, “Permanent: EW, SN,” originally choreographed by ADAMA and Komanse’ Dance Theatre for the High Museum, paid tribute to Bailey’s legacy, evoking a powerful emotional response from the audience.

Closing the evening in style, the event’s longstanding title sponsor, Neiman Marcus, took center stage with a captivating fashion showcase, accompanied by the infectious beats of DJ Princess Cut.

Truly, it was a night to remember, where art, fashion, and culture converged in a symphony of celebration.

National Black Arts Festival (NBAF)

NBAF 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.

Photo credit: All by KO Photography.



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