2021 Arts and Cultural Enrichment Program Recipients


American Traditions Vocal Competition -- ATC Outreach/Junior ATC/Give Back 

The American Traditions Vocal Competition celebrates and preserves all types of classic American music. The organization provides musical education, exposure and performances for Savannah locals of all ages. The American Traditions Vocal Competition was born of the desire to foster and preserve traditions of musical expression, which have been significant in the culture of the United States, both in past eras and at the present time.  

Examples of Funded Programs:

  •  Junior American Traditions Vocal Competition: The Junior American Traditions program is a specialized musical opportunity for local high school students that provides performance opportunities for participants, allows students access to one-on-one feedback, time and critiques with professional vocalists from around the country, and provides the top three participants a chance to record professionally.
  • Give Back to Savannah: Initiative to provide free concerts in downtown Savannah during 2021 allowing anyone residing in or visiting Savannah to enjoy a live performance of American music traditions.


Deep Center, Inc. -- Deep Literacy Programming: Savannah Stories

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:

  • Young Author Project (YAP): The Young Author Project, Deep’s introductory program, engages public middle school students with language and their stories to help them grow as learners, celebrate their lives and communities, and express themselves with skill, confidence, and courage.
  • Block By Block (BYB): Block by Block is Deep Center’s year-long program for creative writing, leadership, and community-building.
  • Youth Leadership Team (YLT): YLT youth provide feedback to staff, engage in advanced writing on critical issues, co-facilitate community conversations, perform their writing in at least five community settings, and go on leadership trips to perform, share, and engage with national peers. 

Historic Savannah Foundation -- Annual Harvest Lecture Series 

Historic Savannah Foundation has been at the forefront of the Preservation movement since 1955. Using all the tools at their disposal to protect and save endangered historic buildings, Historic Savannah Foundation takes tough positions on public policy, serves as an advocate, educates the public, and provides technical and design assistance for property owners. 

Examples of Funded Programs:

  • Harvest Lecture Series: This event focuses on local history of the 1800s including Savannah’s role in the Atlantic Slave Trade. This three-day program aims to recognize the impact/effect about the cultural impact the enslaved people have on the culture of Savannah, and recognize the individuals who lived and worked at the three host sites (Andrew Low House Museum, Davenport House Museum, and Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum) before freedom came.

Loop it Up Savannah, Inc. -- Looping Literacy Together 

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: A multi-faceted program fostering literacy in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. The program focuses on establishing age appropriate reading and comprehension levels for the children that are served, readying them to read and improving their performances in school using culturally relevant material and arts-based projects.

Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah -- Movies that Matter 

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 - brings award-winning documentary films to Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) students. After the documentary films, personalities from the films join students for Q&A sessions. Educational materials about the films are designed to be used in the classroom before and after the screenings. The materials, developed by Mountainfilm's education consultant, include interviews with filmmakers, suggested talking points, and discussion topics with links to additional reading materials and films.

Savannah Ballet Theatre -- Dance for Everyone

It is the mission of Savannah Ballet Theatre (SBT) to develop and showcase the talent of dedicated Savannah dancers and to engage in educational outreach and promotion of the art of dance within our community. Savannah Ballet Theatre was established in 1998 and is recognized as the premiere dance company in Southeast Georgia. SBT is best known locally for its annual production of the perennial holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Using WWII-era Savannah as the backdrop, it is an event that has become a tradition for the community and one that honors the history and unique character of the region.

Examples of Funded Programs

  • Dance for Everyone - A year-long program that provides performance, outreach, and educational opportunities for people of all ages, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds. Throughout the year, Savannah Ballet Theatre will be educating students in underserved/Title-I schools, offering dance therapy to disabled adults in assisted living centers, introducing dance and basic ballet to kids in community centers, and providing people of all ages with autism the opportunity to attend a performance in a safe space. 

Savannah Book Festival -- SBF@Schools

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 will work with Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools (SCCPSS) to match authors with classrooms, aligning their material with the current subject matter being taught. Savannah Book Festival will work with independent bookseller, E. Shaver Bookseller, to purchase books for classrooms and students. Authors will speak about the writing life, how they became an author, the research process, content of the book, origins of the ideas, and many other topics related to their subject matter and occupations. 

Savannah Children's Choir -- Choral Foundations

Savannah Children's 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 - An after-school program that will be open for free to all interested Savannah 4th and 5th graders. In coordination with local schools, expert choral instructors will visit school sites for scheduled after-school introductory choral program instruction.

Savannah Jazz Festival -- 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 - The annual Savannah Jazz Festival is distinguished by its accessibility for all people by hosting free performances and programs. The Annual Savannah Jazz Festival offers over 25 free world-class blues and Jazz performances during the week-long festival, offering opportunities for all races, classes, and cultures of people to unite peacefully through America’s indigenous art form of jazz music. 
  • Masters Classes - Educational programs to Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) and regional colleges. Topics will range from jazz history to musical techniques and professional practices. 

Savannah Music Festival -- Musical Explorers, SMF Jazz Academy, SMF Family Roadshow

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 - Musical Explorers, a year-round program developed in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, is designed to connect students in grades K-2 to the diverse musical community. The tuition-free program builds basic music and life skills as students learn songs from different cultures, reflect on their own communities, and engage in music exercises that incorporate lessons in history, geography, literacy, mathematics and social studies. Interactive concerts held in the fall and spring allow students to meet the professional musicians that have guided them on their musical journeys.
  • Jazz Academy - SMF Jazz Academy program gives students the opportunity to learn an instrument and be a part of the SMF Jazz Academy Big Band. The program provides complete after-school care consisting of academic assistance, dinner, snack, and transportation to and from the program site. SMF Jazz Academy aims to empower the whole student by instilling life-long skills of academic, social, and musical achievement.
  • Family Roadshow - builds on the success and popularity of Musical Explorers by bringing the most popular artists into different neighborhoods throughout Savannah. Through a series of four concerts throughout the City, Savannah Music Festival aims to bring generations together by bringing the music out of the classroom and out of the concert hall.

Savannah Philharmonic -- Education and Outreach Series 

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

  • Link-Up - Educational programming in collaboration with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute to bring the program to nearly 6,000 Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) students. The curriculum will teach students how to vocalize, perform on their very own recorder flutes, learn to compose musical selections and teach history about the composers the students are studying.  
  • District Band Clinic - A partnership with SCCPSS music teachers to provide advanced instruction which will positively impact students who do not have access to private instruction outside of the school setting. The District Band Clinic will host sessions for each different musical instrument, give audition times and work with students on their scales and sight-reading, covering all bases for advanced auditions, which are not always taught in class. 
  • Keep the Music Playing- This program works with the Friends of Ben Tucker to present workshops to elementary through high school students in Savannah. The Friends of Ben Tucker organization accepts instrument donations, has instruments repaired and gives them to music students at SCCPSS Title-I schools. Savannah Philharmonic's musicians visit the schools to present workshops comprised of sectionals on how to play, clean, maintain, and care for the donated instruments.  

Savannah State University -- Savannah Black Heritage Festival 

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 - Utilizing the 2021 theme, "Reflect, Reform, Rejoice," Savannah Black Heritage Festival proposes to present virtual and/or social-distanced programs and workshops with two dedicated virtual performances of the Hiplet Ballerinas and Sons of Mystro Hip-Hop violinists, performances of Future of Jazz, the SSU Chorale, the Gospel Concert, Youth Talent Extravaganza, Readers Theatre, Obsidian Dance Ensemble, and Storytelling: "I Will Not Be Moved," programs of the Second City Improv Party, W.W. Law Lecture, Low Country Artists Crafts Exhibition, Authors' Corner, Courageous Conversation: "The Young Generation Awakening," and "At the Feet of the Elders," and many other programs within all six aldermanic districts. 

Telfair Museums -- Art in our Neighborhoods

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 - In 2021, Telfair will present Art in Our Neighborhoods, one program consisting of 286 free sessions including educational tours, summer youth outreach, senior center outreach, health and social services outreach, veterans art workshops, youth STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) after-school program, free lectures, and family free entrance days. Telfair is deeply committed to presenting high-quality programming as demonstrated throughout longtime partnership with the City, local schools, and other organizations throughout the community.