An uplifting

The Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas "Juneteenth Independence Day Commemoration" (CFBA&I) is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary festival celebrating Black arts each year during May to June.

Wielding the transformative powers of the arts, our festivals are revolutionary acts of sankofa-- retrieving that which was ours and had been forgotten. The arts delight, instruct, console, awaken, and refine us and if we let them, they restore our humanity. Our mission is to showcase emerging and established local artists of African descent who are creating, innovating and producing extraordinary work in the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film and literature.

Black female embracing herself surrounded by shapes.
Black dancer break dancing.

Telling the
whole story.

Telling the
whole story.

CFBA&I provides audiences with artistic experiences created by Black artists that are phenomenal and enriching, creates opportunities for discussions and lectures on a variety of topics that connect Black arts to other important areas in our society, and awakens the Greater Chattanooga community to the broad spectrum of exemplary work by Black artists in our own backyard.

This celebration allows others to better understand and embrace the concept that while these works of art may be created by Black people and reflective of the Black condition, they more importantly speak to the human condition in ways that only the arts can do.

Our vision for CFBA&I extends beyond the Chattanooga area and we are determined to become a hub for Black arts celebration internationally. Our programming is low-cost or no cost in order to be accessible to all members of our community.

"All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up."

-James Baldwin

Our Team

Ricardo Morris

CFBA&I Founder & CEO, Founder of ChattaNAP

Barbara Shepherd

CFBA&I Board VP, Fund Development Committee

Victor Tyler

Creator of the CFBA&I logo and hieroglyphics

LaQuail Newman

CFBA&I Board Secretary and Volunteers/Vendor Coordinator

Julius Johnson

Board Member and Production Coordinator

Elizabeth Williams

Board Member and Fund Development Committee Member

Marsha Mills

Board Member, James Baldwin Festival of Words Coordinator

Our 2022 Partners