The National Conference of Artists mission is to preserve, promote, inspire and support African American Art and Culture through the visual arts. The goals of NCA are to promote African American Culture through the visual arts and to support the creative forces of artists whose works are reflective the African American Experience. NCA is the oldest and largest continuously operating national African American visual art organization based in the United States. NCA is the premier African American visual artists organization with chapters nation wide. The National Conference of Artists was founded in 1959 as the National Conference of Negro Artists, at the University of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia. The concerns expressed by the founding members included culturally relevant art, improvement of skills, exposure to diverse artistic expressions of culture, interchange of ideas, increasing opportunities for exhibitions, honing basic survival skills, and developing an organization that could support these concerns.