Black Arts Festival

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Black Arts Festival

About the Black Arts Festival Event  

The Black Arts Festival is a family-friendly event hosted by the Ames Public Library and community partners to celebrate and promote greater awareness and appreciation of the artistic and cultural contributions of Black visual and performing artists in the community.  

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Performances & Artist Talks
in the Library's Auditorium

  • 10:15–10:55am
    Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey (spoken word)
  • 11–11:30am
    Mister K (storytime/puppets)
  • 12:30–1:20pm
    Kamryn Williams (artist talk)
    ZMKD (spoken word)
    Adriana Ballew (Irish dance)
    Nebula Sula (artist talk)
  • 1:40–2:30Pm
    ZMKD (spoken word)
    Unique Vibrations (Hip Hop music)

Walk-in Craft

  • 11am–1pm, Teen Space
    Ankara Wrapped Bangle Bracelets w/ ISU Memorial Union Workspace

Artist Vending

  • Starting 11:30am,  Auditorium Lobby


  • Starting 11:30am
    Free tickets for one lunch item available to attendees (while supplies last)

Festival Emcee

  • Basi Affia
    Sensiil Studios Owner/Founder

Artist Exhibits

  • April 2 - 30
    Nebula Sula - Vestibule
    Kamryn Williams - Auditorium Lobby


Provided in partnership with:

Ames Public Library, Ames Branch of the NAACP, ISU Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and Octagon Center for the Arts.

Supported by Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.