Celebration of Black Arts ( CBA) is July 1- 31, 2018. Check out our events schedule for more details!


What is CBA? Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Arts Festival (CBA) is one of the most prominent African-American literary and arts events in the nation putting the spotlight on black literary, visual and performing arts.  Larry Robin of Robin’s Bookstore originally founded the event as a one-day gathering of literary scholars and authors 34 years ago.  After taking over in 2001, Art Sanctuary has transformed the celebration into a month-long festival showcasing the talents of people of African descent of all ages, background and interests. This May, black art and culture will fill the city of Philadelphia with a month-long exhibit, community literary and performance events, author readings, and workshops for emerging writers and artists.  This year is sure to be the biggest celebration yet!


Great! How long does it run? From July 1st to July 31st. For specific information about all of our events, please visit our Festival-At-A-Glance page.  


What’s new about this year’s festival? What isn’t? For one, our 20th Birthday + Festival Block Party will take over the block outside of our headquarters - there will be something for everyone!  We’ll partner up with the African-American Museum in Philadelphia to host a special Film Screening featuring works from HBCU students and alumni at their location on 701 Arch Street.


How do I find out about all of the events? While our website will always be the most comprehensive source for updates on all CBA has to offer, we also will be sending weekly updates and reminders to our subscribers and followers! Sign up for our newsletter, and follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to make sure you don’t miss a beat.


What happened to the Celebration of Black Writing? It’s expanded!! While CBA initially started as the Celebration of Black Writing, we’ve since added programming that spans other mediums, while keeping our foundational art form in mind. While there are still several literary opportunities from our festival, we are proud to now offer the full range of black art Philadelphia has to offer.


How much does it cost to attend these events? ALL events are FREE! Please see our Festival-At- A-Glance page for more information on each event, including our 20th Birthday + Festival Block Party which should not be missed!


Special Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors and Partners

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