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The National Conference of Artists, Inc. (NCA), founded in 1959, is the oldest and largest continuously operating national African American visual art organization based in the United States. A nonprofit voluntary professional membership organization headquartered in Chicago, NCA provides a national and international forum for emerging and established artists of African descent. Its stated mission is to preserve, promote, and assist with the development of African and African American artists and their various forms of cultural expression, as well as to support the creative forces that emanate from the African world experience.

Founding Rationale

The founding of the NCA was based on a need felt by African American artists to overcome the effects of centuries of racial segregation and cultural separation during which ...

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