Spotlight

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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 2022 Spotlight Dates will close Sunday, May 22, at 5:00pm.
Review the Submission Guidelines here.
Review available dates blow.

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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. 

2022 Spotlight Date Availability

Applicant may select from the following available dates. Performance may take place on Friday evening, Saturday Matinee, or Saturday evening.

  • Thursday, August 25 – Saturday, August 27
  • Thursday, September 29 – Saturday, October 1
  • Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22
  • Thursday, November 17 – Saturday, November 19

*Availability of allocated dates/times are subject to change

Guidelines and Application Period

Please review the Spotlight Facility Usage Program Guidelines for additional details on program’s requirements and restrictions.

GUIDELINES

Applications will open on April 13 and close on May 22, 2022, at 5 PM. 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.

Neighborly login

Information Session

An information session will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 12:00p.m. at the SCAC. It is highly encouraged to attend the session before submitting your application. Applicants may attend the presentation either in-person or virtually. Please RSVP to SCACcontracts@savannahga.gov by 5 PM on Wednesday, April 20 to ensure receipt of Zoom link.

Application Timeline


April 13, 2022 - Applications Open
April 21, 2022 - Information Session
May 22, 2022 - Applications Due at 5:00pm
June 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.