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Cultural Affairs
About the Department
The Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for ensuring that a variety of quality artistic, cultural, and heritage-based opportunities are available and accessible to the citizens and visitors of Savannah.

The Department of Cultural Affairs has four administrative employees and four program employees. To provide a broad range of cultural and educational opportunities, local, and regional artists and program organizers are contracted by the department. The Cultural Affairs Commission, an advisory board appointed by the Mayor and Aldermen, meets annually to recommend purchases of cultural services from eligible organizations within the community. The services include a variety of programs such as theatrical and dance productions, classes, youth camps, workshops, visual art programs, lectures, exhibitions and festivals. In 2015, this department will administrate the contracts with Savannah's cultural agencies and directly produce over 1500 services for the benefit of Savannah's citizens and visitors. 

Each year, the Department of Cultural Affairs supports and/or directly produces a number of major festivals, most of which are free and open to the public. DCA in-house produced event is the Tara Feis Irish Celebration in March. Festivals that are funded by the DCA include:

  • Black Heritage Festival in February
  • Savannah Music Festival in March
  • International Festival in March        
  • Savannah Jazz Festival in September
  • Picnic in the Park in October   
  • Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival in October
  • Fiesta Latina in October
  • Savannah Film Festival in October   
  • Savannah Children's Book Festival in November

Technical Resource Center
In addition to producing and presenting cultural opportunities, the Department of Cultural Affairs serves as a resource center providing technical assistance to cultural organizations, program information and marketing services, a cultural calendar, grant writing and funding workshops, an e-newsletter, a cultural cable program.

The Department of Cultural Affairs sends out a monthly e-newsletter, "Arts Resource Link." The publication contains information on upcoming arts and cultural events. If you would like to be on the e-mail list to receive this brief monthly update, sign up here.