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The Savannah Cultural Arts Center (SCAC), built in 2019, is a premiere visual and performing arts facility. It serves as a creative meeting space for residents, the local arts community, and organizations to experience, engage with, and create art. To further the access to the arts and performing opportunities for local nonprofits, the City of Savannah Cultural Resources will offer free or discounted use of the SCAC's performing arts spaces through SPOTLIGHT: Facility Use Program.
The SCAC is located at 201 Montgomery St, Savannah.

Submissions for Feb - May 2023 Spotlight Dates is now open!
Join us for an informational Session on Wednesday, Oct 12 at 12:00pm
Review the Submission Guidelines here.

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SPOTLIGHT: Facility Usage Program

The Spotlight Facility Usage Program provides a subsidy for nonprofit organizations to purchase rental space at a free or discounted rate from the Savannah Cultural Arts Center (SCAC) on select dates throughout the year. Subsidy amounts are based on an organization’s operating budget. Organizations will receive rental space along with audio/visual technical and administrative support staff.

The Cultural Affairs Commission Spotlight Subcommittee will evaluate applications to determine eligibility requirements and give priority to programming that is most beneficial to the community that:

  • Expands art and culture to new audiences and participants
  • Engages, develops, and inspires underserved communities and populations
  • Enriches the quality of life in Savannah

Program Criteria

Projects can encompass a variety of artistic disciplines and a range of program formats, including theatre productions, musical ensembles, dance performances, literary programs, and culturally based projects.  

The Cultural Affairs Commission Spotlight Subcommittee will evaluate applications based on the program’s artistic merit, design, implementation plan, level of community engagement, diversity of participating performers and artists, and the appropriateness of the program for a variety of diverse audiences.

Program Allowances

Applicants will receive rental of the Ben Tucker Theatre or the Studio Theatre at a free or reduced rental price with the following services:

  • 1 performance in the Ben Tucker or Studio Theatre
  • 1 technical rehearsal 
  • 1 dress rehearsal
  • 1 audio/visual technician
  • 1 front desk staff
  • 1 SCAC manager
  • 1 cleaning crew
  • Use of concession area

The Ben Tucker Theater is a modern auditorium with full lighting and sound capabilities along with stadium seating for 338 attendees. The theater provides a professional setting for film screenings, plays, musicals, and recitals. Review Ben Tucker specs here. The Studio Theater is a black box-style theater which hosts an array of events and activities from art lectures to dance classes. 

2023 Spotlight Date Availability

Available dates for the first half of 2023 are below. Performance may take place on Friday evening, Saturday Matinee, or Saturday evening.

  • February: Thursday, February 2 - Saturday, February 4
  • March: Thursday, March 9 - Saturday, March 11
  • April: Thursday, April 13 - Saturday, April 15
  • May: Thursday, May 18 - Saturday, May 20

*Availability of allocated dates/times are subject to change. Dates for the second half of 2023 will be announced in Spring 2023

Guidelines and Application Period

Please review the Spotlight Facility Usage Program Guidelines for additional details on program’s requirements and restrictions.
Spotlight application periods open twice a year, for dates during the first half of the calendar year in October and the second half of the year in April.

GUIDELINES

Applications will open on October 1, 2022. All applications must be submitted through the Neighborly system. New users must create an account in Neighborly to access the Spotlight Facility Use Program application; returning users may log in through their existing account.

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Information Session

The information session for Spring 2023 has passed, the information slides are linked below for reference:

2023 Spotlight Workshop Presentation

Application Timeline


Oct 1, 2022 - Applications Open
October 12, 2022 - Information Session
12:00pm - At the Savannah Cultural Arts Center and via Zoom. RSVP to scaccontracts@savannahga.gov
November 15, 2022 - Applications Due at 5:00pm
December 1, 2022 - Notice of Awards Sent

Please reach out the Contracts Coordinator at SCACcontracts@savannahga.gov with questions related to the Spotlight Facility Use Program.

Spotlight 2022 Recipients

100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc.  (Play)


Broken Wings

Saturday, August 27
6:00pm, Doors at 5:30pm.

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100 Black Men of Savannah will produce a dramatic presentation of urban life in Savannah through the eyes of young people expressing current life challenges and struggles. Performers will be recruited through audition from a variety backgrounds with ages ranging from middle school to college-aged individuals. Local playwright and former Dean of Performing Arts at Savannah State University, Dr. Robert Stevenson, will help with production and technical needs of the performance.  

DOC Savannah (Film)


Little Satchmo and Q&A

October 15, 2022
2:30pm - Doors open and live band performance
3:00pm - Film screening
4:00pm - Q&A session
Doc Savannah will present a documentary film screening and Q&A session with the filmmaker of Little Satchmo. Little Satchmo is an intimate exploration of the iconic Louis Armstrong’s life and legacy through his relationship with his daughter that the public never new existed. Based on a revealing memoir written by Armstrong’s silent daughter, the film seeks to correct a historical narrative relying on caricature for too long. Following the screening, the audience will be able to participate in a Q&A session with the filmmakers associated with the film AND the subject of the film, who will join virtually. Reserve tickets here.


Savannah Repertory Theatre (Play)


24 Hour Plays

Saturday, October 22
Savannah Repertory Theatre will perform a collection of 10-15 minutes plays created from scratch by a team of playwrights, directors, and cast who will develop an entire production in 24 hours. Based on the 24-Hour Plays production initiative, performers will be recruited through an open application process to bring together a diverse group of actors and production staff. Participants will be randomly matched to create a unique group of artists to undertake the production of their ’24-hour’ play and perform them on stage at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center.  

Tybee Ballet Theatre (Dance)


The Land of the Sweets

Saturday, November 19
3:00pm & 7:00pm
Reserve Tickets here (free)
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Tybee Ballet Theatre will be performing excerpts from Act II, Land of the Sweets, from the classical ballet The Nutcracker. Performers will be cast as perspective “sweets” that Clara and the Nutcracker Prince are entertained with while journeying through the “land of the sweets.”  A diverse group of student performers of ranging abilities from all over the Savannah area will perform.  Tybee Ballet Theatre offers professional instruction to students regardless of their financial constraints with the goal of developing local youth’s appreciation and knowledge of performing arts regardless of skill level or financial ability.  
Reserve your tickets!