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The Black Arts Alliance was founded in August, 1998, by a group of artists and arts patrons. Recognition as a 501(c)(3) organization was established in an advance ruling by the Internal Revenue Service effective September 23, 1999. The Alliance is governed by a volunteer board of directors, including five officers: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Membership Secretary. Board members and officers are elected for staggered terms at an annual meeting held in June of each year. Alliance members in good standing are allowed one vote at each quarterly and annual meeting. 


As a multidisciplinary vehicle for the advancement of African-American arts and culture, the Black Arts Alliance serves as an advocate for arts and artists, nurtures emerging and veteran artistic talent, and develops new works in the performing, visual, and literary arts.


As an alliance, we regularly collaborate with other institutions that share our mission, including the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Cape Fear Museum, Cape Fear Community College, the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, et al. We have developed a loyal following of arts enthusiasts representing a broad cross-section of the community through distinctive programming.  

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