2024 Arts and Cultural Enrichment Program Recipients

2024 Recipients: ARTS Southeast, Deep Center, Inc, First City Pride Center, Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club, Loop it Up Savannah, Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah, Savannah Black Heritage Festival, Savannah Ballet Theatre, Savannah Book Festival, Coastal Youth Choir, Savannah Jazz Festival, Savannah Music Festival, Savannah Philharmonic, Telfair Museums, T.I.A. Through it All.

ARTS Southeast

ARTS Southeast is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make Savannah a destination for art and culture in the Southeast by supporting established and emerging artists and engaging a diverse community with creative programming by developing awareness and appreciation of the arts. The flagship program of ARTS Southeast is Sulfur Studios, which was founded in 2014.

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Exhibition Season
  • First Friday Open Studio & Street Fairs
  • Artist in Residency

Deep Center, Inc.

Deep Center’s mission is to empower Savannah’s young people to thrive as learners, community leaders, and agents of change. Through creative writing, cultural production, and art, Deep creates platforms for the city’s youth and the village of support around them, including their families and adult allies, to share stories, engage in debates, and make Savannah a more just and equitable place.

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Savannah Stories

First City Pride Center

First City Pride Center is an inclusive advocacy, social, and service organization actively working to meet the needs for safety, empowerment, education, and wellbeing of Greater Savannah’s LGBTQIA+ community.

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Savannah Pride Festival & Parade

Loop it Up Savannah, Inc. 

Loop It Up Savannah is a youth arts and enrichment nonprofit, providing school-day, after-school and summer workshops for over 10,000 young people each year. Programming includes visual and performing arts, school gardens, early literacy, mindfulness-based practice, and creative entrepreneurship throughout Savannah. 

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Looping Literacy Together

Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah

Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah uses the power of film to educate and inspire audiences to create a better world. Mountainfilm showcases nonfiction documentary stories about adventure, the environment and cultural, political and social justice issues that matter.

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Movies that Matter

Savannah Book Festival

The Savannah Book Festival (SBF) is an annual event, free and open to the public, in celebration of the written word and its role in improving the human experience. The mission is to promote reading, writing and civil conversation. 

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • SBF@Schools
  • Savannah Book Festival

Coastal Youth Choir

Coastal Youth Choir is a nonprofit, community supported, choral organization whose mission is to unite, mentor and transform Savannah's children into responsible, creative, and confident leaders through excellence in choral performance and music education. 

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Choral Foundations

Savannah Jazz Festival

Savannah Jazz was born out of the Coastal Jazz Association, a grassroots non-profit organization formed in 1981 to help Jazz thrive in Savannah, Georgia by sponsoring live performances, encouraging Jazz education, and fostering the camaraderie of others with shared interests. Savannah Jazz is responsible for the annual Savannah Jazz Festival, the Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame, and the Savannah Jazz Orchestra.

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Savannah Jazz Festival

Savannah Music Festival

The Savannah Music Festival is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences of all ages through engagement with the musical arts, we advance our vision through an array of musical performances that include dance, film, and narrative programs. 

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Musical Explorers
  • SMF Jazz Academy

Savannah Philharmonic

Savannah Philharmonic's mission is to inform, instruct and enrich the community through orchestral and choral performances, and to promote and increase community knowledge and appreciation of the arts.

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Phil in the Park
  • 5th Grade Concert
  • SavPhil All-Star Ensemble

Savannah State University

Savannah Black Heritage Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival which exposes, educates, and provides cross-cultural/cross-generational experiences for Savannah's citizens, youth, and visitors to enhance awareness and appreciation for contributions by African Americans to this country's history and culture. As the parent organization, SSU has provided in-kind services which include staff for full administrative, legal and fiduciary services, as well as office space, equipment, security and use of campus venues.

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Savannah Black Heritage Festival

Telfair Museums

Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South. Telfair Museums consists of three unique buildings: the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, two National Historic Landmark sites built in the early 19th century, and the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts. The museum develops awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the arts and serves as a dynamic cultural center connecting people of all ages and backgrounds.

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Art in Our Neighborhoods

T.I.A., Through it All

T.I.A. Through it all is a community and youth mentoring organization with five programs designed to Educate, Motivate and Inspire: Civic Education, Focus on HER, Family Futures, Next Step (post H.S. readiness), Just Be.

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • T.I.A. Youth Programs

Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club

The Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club provides young people with programs and resources that help them achieve academic success, make healthy life choices, and foster the skills they need to reach their full potential. With safe places to learn and play, positive role models, and educational programming, Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club has helped local kids and teens thrive for 106 years and counting.

Examples of Funded Programs: 

  • Multimedia Education for Youth

Savannah Ballet Theatre

Savannah Ballet Theatre's mission is to establish and promote a creative dance environment for the city of Savannah through high-quality performance, dance education, and community outreach. 

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Low Sensory Performances
  • Ballet in a Box