Chattanooga Festival of Black Art & Ideas will be June 14-19. (Photo: Contributed)

Organizers with the inaugural Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas are seeking visual artists, crafters and small black business owners to participate in the upcoming festival.

The CFBAI will be June 14-19 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Coolidge Park and other locations throughout the city.

Vendors/artists are sought for the Saturday, June 16 and 17 showcases. Booth registration is free, but only a limited number of tables are available for the event.

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This exhibition is open to “all artists of African descent within a 50-mile radius of Chattanooga.” Two and three-dimensional art will be allowed.

More information is here.

The first CFBAI will celebrate “the extraordinary contributions of artists” through music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film and literature throughout the week.

From a news release:

The multidisciplinary festival aims to spotlight emerging and established black artists and build greater community awareness of the diversity of black arts within Chattanooga and Hamilton County, says festival founder and CEO Ricardo Morris. The event will also provide opportunities for discussions on topics that connect black arts to other areas of the life of the community.

“The first and most important outcome I want the festival to achieve is to awaken the greater Chattanooga community to the broad spectrum of exemplary work by black artists in our own backyard,” Mr. Morris says. “This celebration will allow other ethnicities to better understand and embrace the concept that while these works of art may be created Black people and reflective of the Black condition, they, more importantly, speak to the human condition in ways that only the arts can do.”

Morris created the popular CultureFest in 1999. This festival coincides with the observance of Juneteenth, a U.S. holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas — and the emancipation of African slaves throughout the former Confederacy — on June 19, 1865.

An initial schedule of events is available here. 

Community partners include ArtsBuild, Benwood, Footprint and Lyndhurst Foundations, Chattanooga Neighborhoods Arts Partnerships, Brewer Media, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, the City of Chattanooga and Sankofa.

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