The National Black Theatre founded by the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer has been a cultural landmark on Fifth Avenue and 125th Street area since 1968. The theatre and educational institution is a hallmark to African American and African Diaspora arts, intellectual and cultural aesthetics.
According to NY1 Media we have the Borough President Scott Stringer to thank for keeping the resource open for business as he was the one to arrange financing for that purpose.
When you look at the continued works of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre even for this month we have to admire and respect her lasting commitments and traditions extended to us by her dedicated and loving staff.
NBT just did a youth empowerment program and now it promotes an original play by its own, Sade Lythcott from June 21 to July 8th, a Celebration of Juneteenth on June 19th with Wiley College and provides retrospectives of the legendary FESTAC Festival in Nigeria 35-years ago with reflections from the likes of arts notables including: Dr. Ademola Olugbefola, Ed Sherman, Dawn Alli and Aduke Aremu. What more evidence is there that an institution must do to remain credible and worthy to be supported financially by everyday…arts and theatre people; educators, rappers, intellectuals, fine artists, sports, TV and music performing African Americans, Africans and all concerned populations who consider art, education and culture valuable contributions to [our] past, present and future. Call to help (212)722-3800
Celebration of the 35th Anniversary of FESTAC
A NBT Communication Arts Symposium
Saturday, June 23, 2012, 7:00pm
The National Black Theatre (NBT), founded by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer in 1968, announces its third symposium exploring the “Black Arts Movement” with a “Celebration of the 35th Anniversary of FESTAC.” Come and Join NBT as it explores that festival and its impact with a multimedia presentation and panel of distinguished artists, historians and performers. Panelists will include Dr. Ademola Olugebefola, Ed Sherman and Dawn Alli with Aduke Aremu as moderator.
Learn about FESTAC and its effect on the world view of African people. Interact with the panelists as they reveal their experiences and connections made at this historical and epic event of over 17,000 artists from all over the African Diaspora. As Dr. Teer said “Keep Soul Alive,” come and understand how your culture is important in developing one’s spirituality and global perspective in the 21st century.
This event is free. The public is asked to call 212-722-3800
for reservations and further information.
The Communication Arts Program (CAP) along with the Theatre Arts Program (TAP) and the Entrepreneurial Arts Program (EAP) form the cornerstone programs of the National Black Theatre. CAP, a series of lectures, workshops and conversations, provides an opportunity for the community to address concerns of dignity, cultural identity, leadership and trust. Intended for a multigenerational audience, it integrates the arts and cultural activism.
This program is funded in part by Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th C.D., Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts and individual contributions.