Three award-winning films, a dynamic host and the honoring of a local legend will be a part of this year’s ArtSmart Continuing Arts Education Series’ 16th Annual African-American Film Festival (AAFF) at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Hosted by William “Bill” Nix, this year’s event theme is “A Salute to Education: Stories of Triumph” and honors AAFF founder James Drayton and takes place on the evenings of February 1, 8 and 15.

A strong advocate for equal rights and equality, the late James Drayton is a former West Palm Beach city commissioner, founder of the annual African American Film Festival, the African American Heritage Bookstore in West Palm Beach, and the Together We Stand Democratic Club, furthering his goal of imparting to future generations the knowledge from his years of experience. More information at

The Kravis Center Broadway series is in full swing featuring CATS (February 8 – 13); ANASTASIA (March 9 – 13); MY FAIR LADY (April 19 – 24).

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