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2016 Contracts for Cultural & Arts Services

2016 Funded Organizations

In 2015 the City accepted proposals for two funding categories – Core Investment Program and Project Investment Program– for the production, the creation, and the presentation of cultural and art services.

These programs align with the Savannah’s City Council priorities of community development, economic development, cultural awareness, public safety, neighborhood vitality, improved communication, and educational attainment/technical skill development opportunities.

In 2016, programs are:

Armstrong State University $47,000

Savannah Asian Cultural Festival
A city-wide Asian cultural festival held on the Armstrong campus in Southside Savannah will help increase international awareness by exposing Savannah residents and tourists to a number of cultural events from different regions of Asia, a number of restaurants selling Asian cuisine, and an array of activities for children and adults designed to showcase Asian culture.
Art Rise Savannah $10,000
First Friday Art March
Savannah's cultural vibrancy and local artistic talent is highlighted during this monthly art walk through the neighborhoods South of Forsyth Park. The Art Walks occur every first Friday of the month from 6-9pm. Art Rise has also proposed to incorporate educational programming. 

Coastal Jazz Association $50,500
35th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival
Managed by an all-volunteer organization, the Savannah Jazz Festival pairs local talent with national/regional jazz artists.  A program format ranging from artist demonstrations/clinics, lectures, and performances helps to refine the participant’s understanding of Jazz. Program design, site selection, and collaborative relationships are mechanisms used to engage a demographically inclusive audience.

Deep Center, Inc. $22,000
Deep Center Literacy Programs

Deep Center Literacy programs bring the literary arts to public school students in Savannah through creative writing workshops and publication. Participating students compose original poems and stories, including programs geared toward neighborhood story-telling. Additionally, select participating students recite their original poems and stories at the bi-annual DeepSpeaks! event.

Department of Cultural Affairs $6,000
Programs proposals actively involve youth, seniors, and those who have limited access to arts based programs in Savannah. Various arts and cultural heritage programs are funded through an application process.

Live Oak Public Libraries $85,500
Savannah Children’s Book Festival
The festival celebrates the joy of reading, the power of the written word, and the magic of storytelling. It promotes literacy and presents reading as a pleasurable family activity, while encouraging and reinforcing use of the public library, a free resource available to all residents. Workshops targeting parents and educators will support literacy acquisition.  In addition, Festival organizers have partnered with the City’s Visual Arts division to present a month-long exhibition of SCBF Poster Contest Winners.  The Festival will culminate in an outdoor event featuring regionally and nationally known children illustrators, poets, and authors. 

Savannah Film Festival  $42,000
The Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, is one of the largest film festivals in the Southeast welcoming over 200 filmmakers, directors, producers, actors, and industry film professionals annually to historic Savannah, GA. The eight day festival consists of a student and professional film competition along with premiere evening screenings, honored guests, and exceptional panels and workshops.

Savannah Music Festival $119,500
27th Savannah Music Festival
The Savannah Music Festival produces an array of musical genres program, which extend cultural opportunities to broad audiences, enhance Savannah’s profile as a cultural destination, and educate youth about the musical arts. The 17-day musical arts festival features 360 world-class artists from across the globe, diverse selection of genres including jazz, classical, blues, gospel, bluegrass, rock, choral, opera and a wealth of international music styles.  Programs occur during the centerpiece 17-day festival and throughout the year. Musical Explores provide nearly 8,500 Savannah K-2 students & 303 teachers with arts integrated lessons and concerts tailored to the region’s cultural traditions.

Savannah Philharmonic $80,000
The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus comprised of a professional orchestra of highly trained musicians and an auditioned community chorus performs a full season of concerts providing a varied menu of music that includes classical, opera, choral, jazz, pops, and chamber music.  In addition to the broad range of orchestral and choral repertoire performed, the Savannah Philharmonic offers a diverse and highly impactful variety of free special events including Picnic in the Park, educational programs, and outreach initiatives.

Savannah State University $115,000
Savannah Black Heritage Festival
This family oriented festival seeks to expand awareness of the historical events, social forces, and political dynamics that gave birth to African American culture. Program design incorporates a variety of offerings to engage a demographically inclusive audience through the visual, literary, performing, and/or media arts. The depth and scope of collaborative partnerships with the public and private sector provides the presenting organization with a unique opportunity for expanded program offerings; for resource sharing; cross promotion; and for audience development.

Tara Feis Committee
Department of Cultural Affairs
Tara Feis: St. Patrick’s Family Festival
A volunteer led effort produces a family oriented celebration of Celtic culture. Tara Feis includes food booths, hands-on arts projects, cultural performances, musical performances, and spoken word performances that showcase this culture in a fashion that is suitable for an audience of all ages.

Telfair Museum of Art $103,000
Telfair will host a diverse series of public programming all year round--including arts outreach, festivals, free tours, educational workshops, scholarly lectures, performances, Free Family Days, and national exhibitions--in order to achieve widespread service to all areas of Chatham County, as well as foster tourism in Savannah.

West Broad Street YMCA $19,000
Y Creative Arts
A series of arts programs will expand the targeted audience’s access to cultural enrichment. By design, the program is multi-disciplinary, exploring visual arts, choreography, theatre, and other improvisation techniques with content that is crafted to ensure the broadest possible appeal; the program can serve an audience ranging in age from kindergarten to 17 years of age. Site selection further supports goals for accessibility among the targeted, under-served youth populations.