Upcoming Events & Programs

July - October


Telfair Museums


King Tisdell Cottage Foundation Beach

King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation & Beach Institute 

Capturing the Soul: Portrait Photography from the W.W. Law Collection

May 2018 - January 2019, The Beach Institute African American Cultural Center 

Capturing the Soul: Portrait Photography from the W. W. Law Collection is on display at the Beach Institute African American Cultural Center at 502 East Harris Street now through January 2019. Featuring thirty portraits from the W. W. Law Photograph Collection, the exhibit highlights the evolving nature of photography, portraiture as an art form, as well as material culture through time. The images date from the 1870s through the 1990s and document the lives of individuals both prominent and anonymous.

"The Up of the Down Beat" with Jazz Legend Teddy Adams

September 26, 6 pm, The Beach Institute African American Cultural Center 

Composer, musician, and educator Teddy Adams will share his reflections of the jazz scene on East Broad Street in the 50’s that ignited his career playing music around the world with all the jazz greats.  Mr. Adams is the Co-leader of the Savannah Jazz Orchestra and a Co-founder of the Savannah Jazz Festival and Coastal Jazz Association.

"Prison Reform" with Robert Pawlicki

October 24, 6 pm, The Beach Institute African American Cultural Center 

Psychologist and columnist Robert Pawlicki will discuss the societal impacts of prison overpopulation, racial inequities in sentencing, private prison contractors and incarcerating the mentally ill.

"Westley Wallace Law: A man of letters and a man for all seasons" with Dr. Michael Benjamin 

November 29, 6 pm, The Beach Institute African American Cultural Center 

Dr. Benjamin will share his research and reflections on civil rights activist and historian WW Law who found value where Jim Crow told him there was none, put his finger on the art, artifacts, documents and objects containing that value, and passed it on as a permanent record of Savannah’s low country, coastal African American life.  


Ford Stage Image

Coastal Jazz Association 

Savannah Jazz Festival

September 23-29, 2018, various locations

The Savannah Jazz Festival is a free week-long program taking place in venues throughout the city, culminating in three days in Forsyth Park, and traditional ‘after-hours’ jam sessions around town. Visit http://savannahjazzfest.com for more information. 


Savannah Philharmonic

Picnic in the Park 

3pm, October 7, 2018, Forsyth Park 

Savannah’s largest outdoor musical event, Picnic in the Park (PIP), attracts nearly 20,000 attendees to historic Forsyth Park each October to share in the camaraderie. Free and open to the public, this event is a true collaboration with the City of Savannah, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, local colleges, and several corporate and community partners, as well as the 3rd ID and veteran groups.

Picnic in the Park not only gives Savannah Philharmonic the opportunity to share world-class music to a wide-range of citizens, it also enables us, in partnership with local schools and colleges, to give students the opportunity to perform on stage, in a live professional environment. In addition, the U.S. Army Band performs with the presentation of the US Color Guard and Salute Battalion. The combined performances and experiences will create a festive atmosphere aimed at generating social solidarity all while exposing a diverse audience to positive impacts of quality music.