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NBAF announces Dr. Michael Simanga as new Executive Director
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NBAF announces Dr. Michael Simanga as new Executive Director

Atlanta -- NBAF is an Atlanta-based, non-profit arts and cultural organization founded in 1987. 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 (National Black Arts Festival) recently announced its selection of Dr. Michael Simanga as Executive Director of NBAF. As the new Executive Director, Dr. Simanga will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of NBAF’s operation. He will also guide the administrative, fiscal, programmatic and community relationships for the organization.

“After careful consideration, NBAF’s Board of Directors has selected Dr. Michael Simanga as Executive Director of NBAF,” said Evern Cooper Epps, NBAF Board Chair. “Michael is mindful of the changing times and conditions that arts organizations face, and will work to complete the transition and develop a new business model for NBAF.”

 

While the original emphasis of NBAF was the summer festival, the organization is intensely focused on building its sustainability and creating a new model that provides art, educational and cultural programming throughout the year that is national in scope. Simanga was brought on to address the issues of relevancy and sustainability within the current organization structure and programming. His charge is to create a new strategic direction, based upon a new business model, in an effort to usher in NBAF’s 25th Anniversary celebration in 2013.  
“NBAF is a major cultural institution recognized by the U.S. Congress in 2008, for its importance to the cultural fabric of greater Atlanta and all of America,” said Dr. Simanga. “Our job now is to extend and expand its contribution and ensure it will continue to positively impact the conversation art forces us to have with each other. I look forward to working with the amazing staff and dedicated board to accomplish our goals.”
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