2018 Cultural and Arts Investment Program

The City has completed a strategic plan, titled Savannah Forward, to guide focus areas and resources. To align FY18 resources with the Savannah Forward initiative, the City invested in organizations that position arts, cultural, and creative programs as catalysts to meet the City goals of Economic Strength, Poverty Reduction, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Public Safety.

2018 Cultural & Art Investment Program Organizations: 

Coastal Jazz Association -- Savannah Jazz Festival -- $52,000                         

Three nights of free performances in Forsyth Park and a week of concerts at Savannah venues features local jazz talent, national/regional jazz artists, and military bands.   Program design, site selection, and collaborative relationships are mechanisms used to engage a demographically inclusive audience. The festival is managed by an all-volunteer organization and is partnered with local business, schools, and universities.  Savannah Jazz Festival expands the audience’s appreciation and understanding of the jazz art form and brings free cultural activities to the historic district neighborhood and adjacent areas.

Deep Center, Inc. --
Deep Literacy Programming --  $65,000                              

Deep Center’s Literacy Programs bring the literary arts to youth through creative writing workshops, publication, and performances. Participating students compose original poems and stories, through the Young Author Project, Youth Leadership Program, and Block by Block. The creative writing programs provide positive experiences of writing, neighborhood engagement, and opportunities for youth to share their stories. The Young Authors Project provides 15 hours of workshops over 12 weeks. Block by Block (a program geared toward neighborhood story-telling) provides 150 hours of workshops over 10 months. In the Youth Leadership Program--a paid internship program-- each student receives 46 hours of programming over 10 months. Deep engages the community’s diverse youth as planners, performers, and creatives, and develops sustainable collaborative relationships with community organizations.

King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation -- $40,000

Beach Institute Genealogical Research Support Center (GRSC)

Beach Institute Lecture and Learning Series (BILLS)

King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation programming includes the Beach Institute Lecture and Learning Series (series of twelve lectures) and Genealogical Research Support Center (a resource program for research). The Beach Institute Lecture and Learning Series will feature topics including Duke Ellington, Gullah Geechee, Haiti, civic engagement, and Wesley Wallace Law. Genealogical Research Support Center provides Savannah residents with databases, on-line tools, and professional expertise for participants’ to pursuit genealogy research. King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation provides access to cultural programming for the community’s diverse citizenry, develops collaborative relationships within Savannah neighborhoods, and promotes Savannah as a cultural destination.

Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah -- Movies that Matter -- $5,600

Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah presents “Movies that Matter” to over 4,000 local youth. Environmental and cultural issues are introduced to youth through educational materials and a one-day screening of a series of films. Following each screening, the personalities behind the stories (filmmakers and film subjects) present their stories and their expertise in the film industry. The Q&A sessions following the screenings provide a forum for youth to engage in critical discussions with featured performers, artists, activist, and environmentalists. Mountainfilm utilizes community partnerships to foster their educational programming.  

Savannah Music Festival -- $100,000

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) produces an array of programs with a centerpiece 17-day festival. SMF outreach and education initiatives include a national weekly public radio series, a year-round local music education youth program (Musical Explorers) and two tuition-free young artist development programs. Musical Explorers program reaches 9,000 K-2 students who receive creative musical education from local and national artists. In 2017, the festival attracted over 18,000 visitors (45% of total participants), resulting in $12 million of local direct spending, 9,200 hotel room nights and nearly $1 million of local tax revenues. Savannah Music Festival provides measurable economic contributions, promotes Savannah as a cultural destination, and positively impacts the community’s youth.

Savannah Philharmonic -- $90,000
2018 Orchestra Lab Concert Rehearsals

Philharmonic in the Streetz

Picnic in the Park

Savannah Philharmonic is a per-service orchestra of musicians and a chorus that provides educational programs for youth.  Savannah Philharmonic produces "Picnic in the Park"; a free one-day event in Forsyth Park featuring youth performers, military bands, and a professional orchestra. In 2018, programming includes Orchestra Lab Concert Rehearsals and Philharmonic in the Streetz. The Orchestra Lab is a curriculum-based youth program that teaches youth about the concert’s composer, history, and other aspects of an orchestral performance. Philharmonic in the Streetz is a series of free afternoon weekend performances taking place in Savannah neighborhoods beyond the historic district. Savannah Philharmonic provides access to the arts in Savannah neighborhoods. 

Savannah State University -- Savannah Black Heritage Festival -- $90,000

A family oriented month-long festival expands awareness, educates, and exposes attendees to African American culture and history. Program design incorporates a variety of offerings to engage a demographically inclusive audience through the visual, literary, performing, or media arts. The Savannah Black Heritage Festival develops educational and outreach components to the community's diverse youth, provides access to the arts, and develops collaborative relationships with organizations in the community.

Telfair Museum of Art -- $100,000

Telfair Museums' “Art in Our Neighborhoods” program will present a series of 257 events to residents, all taking place within city limits, with an emphasis on education for youth and expanding awareness of the city's early African American experience. The program will consist of: 150 community outreach sequential learning sessions at sites throughout the city, including 30 sessions that serve residents as well as our nation's honored veterans; 100 free tours of museum exhibitions; 5 multi-generational Free Family Days; a Community Day at the reinterpreted Owens-Thomas House; the "I Have Marks to Make" exhibition of community artwork; STEM and STEAM educational programming connected to TechSpace and PULSE Art + Technology Festival; and, a series of 6 related exhibitions. Telfair Museum's provides educational opportunities and promotes Savannah as a cultural destination.

2018 Cultural and Arts Investment Program -- Organization Reporting Documents

The following documents are only for the use of the 2018 Cultural & Arts Investment Program organizations. 

The forms must be download and saved your computer. Note an error message will appear if the forms are open in an internet browser. The PDF forms have the following technical requirements:
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2018 Final Report Form - Fillable

2018 Final Report Instructions

Drawdown Request Form

Survey questions and zip query forms will be sent directly to the organizations. Please contact the Contract Coordinator, Rebecca Brown, at (912) 651-6760 or rbrown02@savannahga.gov for more information or technical assistance.