Founded in Atlanta in 1998, AAFTA is a membership based non profit Georgia corporation encouraging collaboration between individual artists, groups and communities. It advocates for artists in the community through the presentation of forums, meetings, performances and exhibitions year round. The group meets monthly at various arts and cultural centers throughout the metro Atlanta area.
Promote the fine arts in the community via educational programs
Provide arts exposure activities for the general public in order to bring about a greater appreciation of the performing and visual arts
Join Us at our Monthly AAFTA Meetings
AAFTA meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month from 6:00 – 8::00 PM (except July). Place: Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
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Who Are We?
The mission of African Americans for the Arts is to be a united, proactive voice for cultural matters affecting the African American and Diasporic African Community.
The mission will be accomplished by:
Advocating for the Arts community
Presenting forums increasing arts awareness and their importance
Encouraging collaboration between individual artists, groups and communities
Increasing financial support to artists and art organizations
Assisting local arts organizations in strengthening their programs, membership, publicity and infrastructure
Stimulating arts interest and activity through seminars, exhibitions and performances
Providing technical assistance to arts groups and artists
Creating a supportive environment for the art community
Ensuring our creative arts support be commensurate with the quality of work
Ensuring our artists and institutions are better represented in the process of receiving funding
On March 18, 1998 at 6:35 p.m., the gathered friends of the Arts were called to order with Bishop John Lewis presiding. He and actress, director and teacher, Mrs. Georgia Allen, (also present) had sent out a call for a meeting of concerned community members.
Those answering the call and in attendance were Mr. James Patterson of Clark/Atlanta University Music Dept; Dr. Jimmy Brown, Psychologist; Rev. Jackie Stokes; Mr. Ed Spriggs, Director of the Hammonds House and by proxy, Ms. Andrea Frye, Director.
Ed Spriggs addressed the state of support for the Arts in Southwest Atlanta and specified the needs of the organizations. Needs ranged from facility requirements, to community awareness, to individual artists concerns of challenges to existing organizations longevity. This information spurred discussion, which finally brought up the question, “What are we going to do and how are we going to do it?”
AAFTA was organized to address this question by:
Bringing awareness to the inequitable treatment and attention given the Arts, Arts organizations and Artists in metro Atlanta.
Developing and presenting events, forums and activities that support the organization’s mission.