The National Conference of Artists is devoted to the preservation, promotion, and furtherance of African and African American culture, and the creative forces of the artists that emanate from the African World experience. The NCA proudly proclaims its existence as the oldest African American visual arts advocacy organization in the United States. Its members include artists, educators, scholars, exhibitors, art distributors, art collectors, and supporters of African and African American art and culture. The New Orleans Chapter of the National Conference of Artists, chartered in 1991, conforms to the goals and guidelines of the parent organization. NONCA has been at the vanguard of progressive cultural enlightenment by providing economic development, exposure, and acknowledgment for the arts and artists. NONCA has hosted national conventions, annual awards programs, mini conferences, art exhibitions, and art advocacy events.