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Column: National Black Arts Festival marking 25th anniversary
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
June 26, 2013 11:59 AM | 2583 views | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
The National Black Arts Festival is commemorating its 25th anniversary with “A Love Note to Broadway”-themed gala July 20 at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead.

Each year the festival, as a worldwide leader showcasing the best of culture of the African Diaspora, hosts a major fundraising “Gathering of Colors” benefit to support year-round programming showcasing film, visual arts, an art festival and performing arts, in addition to education and public programming events.

The special anniversary affair will take its cue from Broadway-style performing arts. Guests will enjoy a gala cocktail reception before the main event featuring video presentations, entertainment and an elegant dinner. The invitation says de rigueur dress is white dinner jackets for the gentlemen and pastels with pearls for the ladies.

The honorary co-chairs for 2013 are Curley M. Dossman Jr. and Joseph R. Bankoff. Charmaine Ward and Verna Cleveland are serving as the event co-chairs.

Attendees supporting the gala will ensure the festival can continue to fulfill its unique nonprofit mission to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression. The festival also offers comprehensive education and humanities programs to promote understanding between diverse communities with artistic, educational and cultural initiatives.

Reservations and information: (404) 730-6369 or visit

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Bark for Art July 20 at Mason Murer Fine Art on Armour Drive in south Buckhead will mark nine years of financial support for the crucial Atlanta Lab Rescue program.

The evening of refreshments and libations along with a silent auction featuring pet-centric art, trips and other surprises is crucial to the future of special rescue efforts. All of the funds will go directly to claiming and care for at-risk Atlanta Labrador retrievers and Lab mixes.

Before the Labs are adopted, each dog undergoes an extensive examination by Atlanta Lab Rescue veterinarians, is treated for health issues, updated on vaccinations, spayed or neutered and microchipped. In addition, each adoption includes free training to ensure a loving companion for years to come.

Atlanta Lab Rescue is an all-volunteer nonprofit whose mission is to identify and rescue the Labrador breed and Lab mixes from overwhelmed shelters and abusive situations and place them in secure, caring homes. Since 2007 the local organization has rescued more than 2,000 dogs and maintains an average of 40 dogs at any given time.

Tickets and information: (404) 261-5227 or visit or

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