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SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM UNVEILS NEW EXHIBIT & COLLABORATES WITH SAVANNAH BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL

SAVANNAH, GA – February 1, 2024 The Savannah African Art Museum unveils their new exhibit, “The Language of Fabrics: Textile Traditions Across Africa” on February 2 to celebrate Black History Month and their participation with the 35th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival (2/1 – 2/25), whose theme is “Legacy & Innovation: Framing the Future of Our Culture.” The Museum will celebrate the exhibition’s opening with a special Evening Exhibit viewing from 5pm to 6:30pm on Friday, February 2, 2024.   

The Savannah African Art Museum’s new exhibit, “The Language of Fabrics: Textile Traditions Across Africa” centers around the deep-rooted traditions and purposes of fabrics across Africa. The exhibition was created by SCAD Graduate/ The Museum Intern, Moraa Nyaribo of Kenya and curated by Executive Director Billie Stultz with additional research and assistance by Museum Volunteers and Staff members. The exhibition invites visitors to explore and consider the intricate stories behind African textile traditions through art, history, cultural identity, and connection. 

“It is exciting to launch our new exhibit as both Black History Month and the 35th Annual Black Heritage Festival begin,” said Stultz. “The Festival pays tribute to the cultural visionaries that have blazed the trails of the future with their contributions, from science and math to music and art, and our new exhibit honors the rich textile traditions of the African continent.”  

Savannah African Art Museum will co-host with The Savannah Black Heritage Festival (SBHF) and the Smithsonian: National Museum of African History and Culture (NMAAHC) to present a series of events from NMAAHC’s traveling “Hometown Treasures” Program as part of the SBHF. Events include:  

  • Feb. 19. 1pm – 1:45pm – Hometown Treasures – Community Expo: The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will present its Hometown Treasures Program to assist area residents in preserving their family heirlooms and items of familial, historical, and cultural significance. The expo aims to help community members identify and generate awareness about the richness of local cultural organizations and resources.  
  • Feb. 19. 2pm – 2:45pm – Lunch & Learn: Exploring Museum Careers: Join professionals from the National Museum of African American History & Culture and Savannah African Art Museum’s Billie Stultz and Lisa Jackson, Education & Community Outreach Liaison to explore exciting careers in the museum field. Explore the roles, education, and training of the individuals who provide valuable services to include managing the collections of museums, historical sites, governments, colleges and universities, and other cultural heritage institutions. Register at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/lunch-and-learn-exploring-museum-careers-0 
  • Feb. 24. 11am-1:00pm. “Tracing Your Roots” – Tips & Resources Workshop: Savannah African Art Museum will host their annual workshop at the Bull Street Library – Kaye Kole Genealogy & Local History Room (2002 Bull Street). Visit The museum’s website to register.   

“We enjoyed our 2022 experience as Virtual Expo Participants of the Smithsonian NMAAHC’s “Digital Treasures” event, so when the Program Manager expressed a desire to present a live encore of Treasures in the Coastal Empire, I wanted Savannah African Art Museum to be a part of it. I also thought it would be a perfect event to include as part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival which we annually participate in. Both institutions agreed, so we are thrilled to co-host Hometown Treasures – Community Expo with NMAAHC and the 35th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival!” said Lisa Jackson, Education and Community Outreach Liaison.  

To learn more about Savannah African Art Museum, upcoming workshops, and the museum’s newest collections, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and X at @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum. For the full SBHF Schedule of Events, please visit https://savannahblackheritagefestival.org/schedule 

Savannah African Art Museum is a nonprofit institution that introduces all audiences to African art and culture. Its mission is to provide engaging experiences that educate and start conversations about the power, diversity, and spirituality of African art.  

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