2018 Schedule of Events

Below is the Schedule of Events from the 

Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas in 2018


The CFBAI will provide opportunities for discussions on a variety of topics that connect Black arts to other important areas in our society. Education, the economy, quality of life, neighborhood revitalization, pride, social justice, accessibility, racism. How do the arts impact these areas of life in Chattanooga and America. Check the schedule below for when and where YOU can join the conversation.

This is the “Ideas” part of the festival.

June 14 at 6:00pm

Staged Reading of

"Don't Suffer in Silence"

When Sexual Abuse Hits Your Home!

By Charles Patterson

In the United States and other countries, children are sexually attacked by random strangers lurking in dark places or in plain view. In this stage reading the abuser is someone the child knows and trust. Let's help to identify some alternatives to stop an abuser. "Don't Suffer In Silence"

For victims, the effects of child sexual abuse can be devastating. Victims may feel significant distress and display a wide range of psychological symptoms, both short and long-term. They may feel powerless, ashamed and distrustful of others. The abuse may disrupt victims' development and increase the likelihood that they will experience other sexual assaults in the future.

Chatta. Theatre Centre (CTC) 400 River St.


Panel Discussion starting at 7:00pm

June 15 at 6:00 pm

Screening of the

2018 Inspired Faith Film Festival

Best Short Film Award

“Michael Valentine"

By Shelia Wofford

MICHAEL VALENTINE is a top executive career oriented woman who has her eyes on the prize of becoming the successor as the CEO of the Advertising Firm she works for. Michael has exactly what she wants. The love of her life Robert Hart wants her as his wife. Michael must make a choice of following her heart with the love for Robert or for the love of her career. But then life sometimes throws an unexpected twist.


by Shelia Wofford

Skye White returns home for a family emergency. Being back in her father's house brings up deep memories which unlocks a story that leads to a treasure that changes her life forever.

Chatta Theatre Centre (CTC) - 400 River St.


Panel Discussion starting at 7:00pm

June 16 at 11:30​am

Black Music Month Celebration!

Professionally staged out doors festival featuring some of Chattanooga's best musicians. Festivities kick-off with a tribute to the roots of ALL music with a drumming circle. Jazz, blues, rap, hip hop, classical and more will be performed.

Musical Line-up

11:30am   African - Kofi African Druming Circle/

12:00pm   Ogya World Music Band

1:45pm   Classical - Brewer / Jones Strings

3:00pm   Blues - Tee Bumpass Band

4:15pm   Pop - Young, Gifted & Black

5:30pm   Hip Hop / Rap - Seaux Chill

6:45pm   Jazz Fusion - Dexter Bell & Friend

Artists exhibition and sale along with crafts, food and more.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and stay all day!

Come support our next generation of Black musicians. Make a donation to support the Howard High School Band!

Adult beverages will be on sale.

Chatta. Theatre Centre - 400 River St


Drumming Circle is open to the public! Bring your drum !

June 16 at 9:00 PM

Poetic Kama Sutra Open Mic Night!

This spoken word group of artist who wanted to remix the synergy of poetry will perform in the main lobby of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Combining spoken word with music, dance and a whole lot talent will give you that PKS EXPERIENCE!

Adult beverages will be for sale.

CTC - 400 River Street in Coolidge Park

$25 per ticket

June 16 at 11:00pm

End of Riverbend Fireworks Show

Chattanooga Theatre Centre's Lawn is the perfect spot for CFBAI attendees to enjoy the fireworks on the last night of Riverbend.

Sit back relax and enjoy an adult beverage as the unofficial start to summer begins.

Adult beverages will be for sale.

CTC 400 River Street in Coolidge Park


June 17
3:30pm Panel Discussion
5:00pm Music begins

"Black Dads Matter"

Father's Day Gospel Concert

Bring your father or fathers bring the kids to this celebration of Black Fathers on Father's Day.

There will be food trucks as well as local restaurants a stones through from the stage. You​ are encouraged to bring your own picnic spread and enjoy the music presented by four local gospel groups starting at 5:00pm.

5:00pm   Enoushall M. Kilgore

5:45pm    Courtney D Slocum

6:30pm    3D aka 3 Dreamers

6:45pm    Trent Williams

At 3:30 there will be a panel discussion with local clergy about the impact and influence of the church on the

Black community.

What are ways the faith based

organizations can help move the Black Community forward.

CTC 400 River Street in Coolidge Park


Panel Discussion with local clergy at 3:30

June 18

6:00pm Panel discussion

7:00pm "Let Freedom Ring"

Local artist Charlie Newton will be Artist in residence at the AVA: Association for Visual Arts June 1 through June 22, 2018.

During the month long residency Mr. Newton will produce a large scale painting on canvas entitled “The Lamentation of Ed Johnson”. The painting will depict the historic event in 1906 when Ed Johnson a 24 year old black man was wrongfully accused of raping a white woman and lynched on the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga. CFBAI is happy to partner with Mr. Newton and AVA as we host a special viewing of the exhibition along with a panel discussion dealing with access for local Black visual artists.

AVA 30 Frazier Street on the North Shore


Panel Discussion at 7:00 pm at AVA

June 19 at 12pm


Commemoration Ceremony

The festival will begin its decent on the steps of City Hall, where local educator, actor and playwright LaFrederick Thirkill will present a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. Immediately preceding and after his reading there will be performances of traditional Negro Spirituals. Mayor Andy Berke will read his proclamation declaring June 14 through June 19, 2018 a celebration of Chattanooga Black Arts and Ideas in remembrance of Juneteenth. The Negro National Anthem Lift Every Voice And Sing as arranged by internationally recognized Chattanooga educator, composer and conductor Dr. Roland M. Carter will bring the program to a close.

Chattanooga City Hall Steps 100 E. 11th Street


Michael Chase