The application period for 2022 opens on January 15.
Weave-A-Dream is a flexible project-based program that aims to encourage small and emerging organizations and creative individuals to propose specific, innovative programming—programming that strengthens, diversifies, and expands Savannah’s creative sector.
The Cultural Affairs Commission’s Weave-A-Dream Panel seeks proposals that align with the City’s efforts to:
- Increase economic growth through skill-building, employment and entrepreneurship
- Expand art and culture to new audiences and participants
- Engage, develop and inspire young people
- Enrich the quality of life in Savannah
Projects should engage individuals who have limited access to creative programs and should reach communities across all Aldermanic districts.
Applications are reviewed by the Weave-A-Dream Panel who consider the project’s artistic merit, quality of design, quality of marketing strategy, and plan for assessing the project’s success. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must provide matching funds as outlined in the Guidelines below. The maximum amount that can be requested is $5,000 (with a one-to-one match) and proposed projects must be produced within the City of Savannah’s corporate limits.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public events will be on the condition of current Federal, State, and Local regulations regarding public gatherings. Approval does not indicate that an event may occur if there are active regulations prohibiting public activities and gatherings.
Please reach out to the Contracts Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions related to investment programs.
2021 Weave-A-Dream Recipients
Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club
Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club acted as the nonprofit fiscal sponsor for The Art of Health & Wellness’s Out of Africa Mask Program. This art and cultural enrichment opportunity allowed youth artisans an opportunity to create a unique African Mask and learn information about the individual countries and the continent of Africa. The completed masks were used to create an exhibit that will be displayed at the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club.
Hello Neighbor SAV
Hello Neighbor Community Pride Celebrations created a platform for engagement with neighbors in several Savannah communities with the purpose of placing the onus of good community relations on each resident and encouraging ways for residents to build neighborhood connections to highlight the value of their communities. Hello Neighbor community events featured community speakers, artists, musicians, entertainment, neighborhood association community booths, face painting, and activities for people of all ages.
The Love & Soul Family Festival is an annual festival held in the City of Savannah. The festival is free and open to the public and encompassed opportunities for the whole family which included entertainment performances, health screenings, vendors, food trucks, and more. This festival was designed to give Savannah youth a positive platform to share their art and talent and to provide a united platform for local Savannah musicians and artists. The festival featured performances from youth dance and music groups and local high school marching bands.
Savannah VOICE Festival
Savannah VOICE Festival’s VOICES That Heal Program is an integral part of the ongoing partnership between Savannah VOICE Festival and Hospice Savannah. As a commitment to showing the power of music, it was natural to partner with Hospice where lives have been improved through palliative care, particularly music. The project touches on providing comfort to families/caretakers dealing with the grief and stress of having a loved one in hospice care, creating a safe space for the expression of emotion, and providing exposure to and education about music to enrich people’s lives. VOICES That Heal aims to educate, relax, and enlighten people through curated listening labs to help individuals connect more deeply to music during this transitional life phase.
TIA: Through It All
TIA: Through It All’s Art in Civics Program sponsored youth involvement in creating art to encourage nonpartisan voter registration and awareness of the national, state, and local election process. After school hours educational programming was also supported multiple in low-income communities.
Whale Week conducted virtual programming on the importance of the State of Georgia’s Official Marine Mammal, the North Atlantic Right Whale, and the conservation of the Right Whales’ local marine habitat. The project inspired local youth to become advocates for protecting endangered species and coastal Georgia’s fragile ecosystem.