SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM COLLABORATES WITH THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY TO HOST A “TELLING YOUR STORY” WORKSHOP – AUG. 27

Savannah, Ga. – August 18, 2022 – The Savannah African Art Museum in collaboration with the historic Carnegie Library will host a “Telling Your Story” Workshop at 11 a.m. on August 27 at the Carnegie Library, located on 537 East Henry Street in Savannah.

This workshop will celebrate Carnegie Library’s 108th anniversary and its remarkable journey by having attendees write their stories. Attendees will create a personalized journal to begin authoring their own stories by expressing who they are, their gifts/talents, victories, aspirations, and more. They will have access to African print fabric, Adinkra symbol stamps and other stamps to design and decorate their journals; along with a list of Affirmations, African Proverbs and Quotes as inspirations to get started. Attendees are invited to bring a photo of themselves to personalize their journals.

This activity will be accompanied by viewing a Ted Talk video from award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, entitled “The Danger of a Single Story.” She shares how she found her authentic cultural voice and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk crucial misunderstandings.

“Storytelling is an art that takes many mediums, whether it be through the spoken word, written word, performance arts or visual arts. We feel it is so important for all people to have a platform to create their own life narratives and share their stories, said the museum’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, Lisa Jackson. “We are proud to collaborate with the Carnegie Library  with this workshop, engaging in the African tradition of storytelling and celebrating the library’s story!

This workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To learn more about the museum, upcoming workshops, and the museum’s newest collections, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org and follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum.

The 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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SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM TO HOST
SECOND ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

SAVANNAH, GA – MAY 31, 2022 – The Savannah African Art Museum will hold its second annual Juneteenth Celebration from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2022, on the museum grounds, at 201 E. 37 St. The festivities will reflect on and honor the past while celebrating the future. This event will feature music and dancing, spoken word performances, a marketplace, African food samples, and more. The event is free and open to the community, but donations are welcomed and appreciated.

This year’s Juneteenth theme is Sankofa, an African word from the Akan people in Ghana. The literal translation is, it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind” – they believe the past serves as a guide for planning the future. The Akan people believe wisdom is derived from creating a robust knowledge of the past. To accomplish this, the Savannah African Art Museum invites the public to celebrate Juneteenth as the museum exhibits African roots and makes its world history connections through music, art, food, and storytelling. The museum will also share information of local resources and services available. Please be aware there will be limited disability parking available with a valid State Disability Parking Permit. Some seating will also be available, but patrons are welcome to bring their own folding camp or lawn chairs to the event.

Some of the activities and attractions Juneteenth attendees can expect to enjoy include tours of the museum’s West African collection, performances by Deep Slam Artists, presentations from the Pinpoint Museum on Gullah/Geechee history and culture, Dancing to African & African influenced music by DJ Santiago, Zumba with Mai Evans, African Food Samples, Ghanaian fine artist William Kwamena-Poh, Fine Artist Viyanca, The African Diaspora Marketplace, Savanna Naturals, Ari’s Handmade Jewelry, voter registration opportunities, and informational tables hosted by the African-American Health Information & Resource Center, the Bull Street Library’s Kaye Kole Genealogy & Local History Room, and the Book Nation of Dreamers, Children’s literacy program.

Juneteenth is the oldest national date of remembrance and celebration of the abolition of chattel slavery in the United States, dating back to June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. This came two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, as there were not enough Union troops in Texas to regulate and enforce its order. However, it was after Gen. Robert Lee’s surrender in April 1865 and the arrival of Gen. Granger’s regiment that the forces were finally strong enough to overcome the resistance of enslavers and all slaves were then set free on what became known as Freedom Day – Juneteenth.

The news was met with shock and utter joy. The day became a celebratory time for prayer, song, and the telling of stories about Africa by the elders, as families gathered and sought other relatives from plantations near and far. Education, empowerment, and self-improvement quickly became top priorities. Activities such as rodeos and fishing were part of the celebration, as were foods like barbecue, black-eyed peas, watermelon, cornbread, okra, and hibiscus tea. The celebration soon spread from Texas to other regions of the southern U.S., including Georgia and South Carolina.

During early Juneteenth observances, mainly African American communities participated in the festivities. With every passing year, the annual commemoration flourished but there were declines in the early 1900s. Additionally, during the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement, Juneteenth encountered both declines and resurgences in participation. The celebration gained traction in the 1980s and continued to grow in the 90’s on into the new century with 47 states and the District of Columbia all passing legislation recognizing Juneteenth as either a state holiday or day of observance. Last year on June 17th, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June 19th as a federal holiday.

 

“Juneteenth marks a day of reflection, remembrance, and freedom that we all can commemorate “ said Savannah African Art Museum Education and Community Outreach Liaison Lisa Jackson. “Last year was the museum’s first Juneteenth celebration and  the first year Juneteenth was observed as a federal holiday! We were so pleased to have so many join us in celebration of both firsts! We look forward to returnees and others to come celebrate with us, enjoy the festivities, experience our collection, and meet new friends.”

 

To learn more about the museum, upcoming workshops, and the newest collections, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org and follow the Savannah African Art Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum.

 

Savannah African Art Museum is a nonprofit institution that introduces all audiences to African art and culture. Their mission is to provide engaging experiences that educate and start conversations about the power, diversity, and spirituality of African art. Learn more by visiting www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org or dropping by their location at 201 E. 37th St. for a free tour.

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SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM WINS ‘BEST ART AND HISTORY HOUSE’ IN CONNECT SAVANNAH’S CONTEST

SAVANNAH, GA. – May 26, 2022 – The Savannah African Art Museum was awarded the title of “Best Art and History House” in Connect Savannah’s 2022 Best of Savannah Readers’ Poll. This year’s online voting competition was fierce, with more than 30,000 total votes cast, according to the Connect Savannah editorial team. Voting ran from Feb. 28-March 18, and the winners were announced May 25. All award recipients will be honored at a party on Thursday, June 2 from 6-9 p.m. at the Kehoe Iron Works.

The annual Best of Savannah contest allows Connect’s readers to support their favorite people, places and things to do in the Hostess City. The categories include music and the arts, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, sports and more. Voting was limited to once per day per category.

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

“We are so grateful to the Savannah community for their consistent support,” said Museum Founding Director and Chief Curator Billie Stultz. “We are happy that the artistic, cultural and educational opportunities we work hard to provide, free of charge, to the community are appreciated and recognized. We look forward to our continued role as a valuable resource and celebrated regional attraction.”

Since 2016, the Savannah African Art Museum has provided education to the community on African history and culture with over 1,000 pieces of art native to West and Central Africa. The museum has an agenda full of educational opportunities in the form of classes, events, workshops and exhibits for the coming months, including the Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information on the Savannah African Art Museum please, visit  www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org or follow Savannah African Art Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum.

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SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM’S VIRTUAL TOURS GAIN POPULARITY, DRAW OUT-OF-STATE VISITORS

SAVANNAH, GA. – MAY 24, 2022 – The Savannah African Art Museum’s remote learning option, through video conferencing, is gaining tremendous popularity, allowing visitors from around the nation to experience what this museum, on the arts and cultures of the African continent, has to offer.

Tours of the museum’s collection, utilizing video conferencing technology, were first introduced when the COVID-19 pandemic began. It turned out to be an engaging way for guests to learn about the museum’s art collection. This is a service that continues to be offered by the Savannah African Art Museum as a way of reaching a larger global audience. Alisa Evans-Newsome, the museum’s Chief Administrator of Operations, and Dr. Edwin Johnson, the museum’s Registrar and Volunteer Coordinator, have been providing engaging, educational experiences through the virtual gallery tours. These insightful, informative, and even entertaining, sessions have included sizable groups of students, of many different age groups, from different regions in the United States.

Previously, the Savannah African Art Museum used web-based social media such as Facebook to broadcast videos on objects and themes represented in the museum’s collection. This was followed by university professors registering at the museum to have their students remotely attend guided tours of the galleries. This enabled these students to remotely experience what the museum has to offer when classes were being held online.

Evans-Newsome has been at the forefront of the museum’s pursuit of educational accessibility as elementary school teachers begin to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the museum through distance learning. Earlier this month, she conducted a tour, via Zoom, for 380 seventh-grade students at the West Chatham Middle School in Georgia. On the same day, Evans-Newsome provided an enriching educational experience for a group of third-grade students from the Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, New Jersey. By her accounts, these students were engaged and demonstrated a genuine interest in the cultures of the African continent. This was evident due to how these young students frequently commented on what they saw and how often they asked many questions about what was covered during the conferencing session. In addition to fueling the curiosity of these young students, Evans-Newsome found the experience to be remarkably rewarding.

Younger participants are increasingly utilizing virtual tour options provided by the museum. It is heralding a new chapter in this museum’s efforts to reach out to larger, farther flung, and more diverse audiences. The Savannah African Art Museum will continue to provide remote learning opportunities for educational institutions that range from elementary schools to universities, close to home and further afield. Additionally, remote learning opportunities are also available to individuals who want to learn more about the arts and cultures of the vast and diverse continent of Africa. The museum recently expanded the capacity of their conferencing service, which now allows up to 100 devices to log onto one session at the same time.

Anyone who is interested in booking an online for themselves or an educational group can find more information at www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org  or by emailing visit@savannahafricanartmuseum.org.

Savannah African Art Museum is a nonprofit institution that introduces all audiences to African art and culture. Their mission is to provide engaging experiences that educate and start conversations about the power, diversity, and spirituality of African art. Learn more by visiting www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org or experiencing the collection in person at the museum’s location at 201 East 37th Street for a free tour on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM SEEKS VOLUNTEER DOCENTS FOR SUMMER BREAK

SAVANNAH, GA. – MAY 11, 2022 – Savannah African Art Museum is looking for eager docents and volunteers with good communication skills to assist with daily operations at the museum in the historic Thomas Square Streetcar District. This is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in learning and teaching the history and art of West and Central Africa. As the summer nears and students prepare for a break, donating time and energy in an educational capacity is a wonderful way to give back to the community while broadening their own knowledge.

Docents will have the opportunity to teach the history of West and Central Africa to a variety of different groups  and ages – from Savannah locals to tourists from all over the world and from grade school and up! No prior experience as a docent or knowledge of African Art and history is required as all docent volunteers will go through training and will learn the provided talking points before giving tours of the museum’s art collection. General volunteers are also needed to help with additional tasks, clerical duties, organizing, assisting at workshops, our 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2022, and other duties.  Those who volunteer their time and talents will gain invaluable knowledge, volunteer or community service hours, recommendation letters, and experience with public speaking and customer service.

Thanks to the museums’ varying hours, volunteer shifts offer flexible time commitments that are sure to meet the availability of those with even the busiest schedules. Shifts are available during the museum’s regular operating hours on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tours are provided to visitors on either a walk-in basis or by appointment.

During docent training, volunteers will learn about the Savannah African Art Museum and its collection through instruction from the volunteer coordinator and current docents. New volunteers will also shadow current docents on tours to gain a better understanding of the process and how each docent brings something different to each tour. Docent talking points will be explained and reviewed, and volunteers will be provided with literature to complement the tour talking points. Upon training completion, docents will be expected to give tours to guests visiting the museum. Over time and with constructive feedback, volunteers will become effective teachers and public speakers as they amass impressive knowledge on African art and cultures.

To apply or for more information, please email an updated resume to ehjohnson@savannahafricanartmuseum.org, call the Savannah African Art Museum at 912-721-7724, or visit in person at 201 E. 37th St., Savannah, GA 31401.

Savannah African Art Museum is a nonprofit institution that introduces all audiences to African art and culture. Our mission is to provide engaging experiences that educate and start conversations about the power, diversity, and spirituality of African art. Learn more by visiting www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org or dropping by their location at 201 E. 37th St. for a free tour.

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SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW WORKSHOPS CELEBRATING MOMS AND DADS

SAVANNAH, GA – May 2, 2022 – The Savannah African Art Museum has announced it is hosting two upcoming workshops for participants of all ages to commemorate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day on May 7 and June 11, respectively, at the Upbeat Village Terracotta Gallery, 201 East 37th St., Savannah. The nonprofit will also host a Juneteenth celebration, a day reserved for the commemoration of the abolishment of chattel slavery in the United States.

  • May 7 – “Making an ‘All About Mom’ Collage”: Africans are known as storytellers; that is how their history is passed on to future generations. This workshop is an opportunity to create a piece of art that lets participants – children and adults alike – demonstrate how interested they are in their moms’ and mother figures’ stories. Attendees will create collages about their mothers or mother figures, highlighting things like her birthplace, things that bring her joy, her taste in music, books and art, and places she’s visited or would like to travel to. Participants may choose to create a timeline with images and dates. The museum will supply attendees with a canvas, paint, crayons, markers, fabric, glue, and magazines. Participants are encouraged to bring personal photos, other visuals or mementos, keepsakes, written words, etc., to create collages that tell their moms, “Yes Mom, I see you, happy Mother’s Day!” The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • June 11 – “Making an ‘All About Dad’ Collage”: Africans are known as storytellers; that is how their history is passed on to future generations. This workshop is an opportunity to create a piece of art that lets participants – children and adults alike – demonstrate how interested they are in their dads’ and father figures’ stories. Attendees will create collages about their fathers or father figures, highlighting things like his birthplace, things that bring him joy, his taste in music, books and art, and places he’s visited or would like to travel to. Participants may choose to create a timeline with images and dates. The museum will supply attendees with a canvas, paint, crayons, markers, fabric, glue, and magazines. Participants are encouraged to bring personal photos, other visuals or mementos, keepsakes, written words, etc., to create collages that tell their fathers, “Yes Dad, I see you, happy Father’s Day!” The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

All workshops will be held on the second floor of the museum’s Upbeat Village Terracotta Gallery. Please note that it is stair access only, no elevator or wheelchair access available. However, the main museum building does offer elevator and full wheelchair access for tours.

The Museum’s second annual Juneteenth Celebration will be hosted at the museum on Saturday, June 18 from 12-4 p.m. honoring the past and embracing the future with tours of their Central & West African collection, music, crafts, storytelling, African food samples, resource/information tables, and more. Ghana native and Savannah-based fine artist, William Kwamena-Poh, will return with paintings for sale (original, limited edition, and prints). Savannah’s Diaspora Marketplace will join the celebration with authentic African merchandise for sale including clothing, jewelry, fabric, masks, statues, wall hangings, books, and so much more. The community is invited to this free event.

“We are so excited to bring these free, engaging workshops to the community so they can learn more about and engage with African art and culture, especially our new Cowrie Shell Exhibit. We wanted to host Mother’s Day and Father’s Day workshops because family lineage, community and continuity of such are very highly prized in African culture, and it is important that we honor and demonstrate that. We hope the community will join us for these workshops and further their exploration of their family stories,” said Savannah African Art Museum Education Community Outreach Liaison, Lisa Jackson. “We also invite all to the museum for our Juneteenth Celebration where there will be something for everyone to engage and enjoy!”

Workshops are free but reservations are required. To register, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org/workshops. Participants must be age 6 or older.

To learn more about the museum, the Juneteenth celebration, and the museum’s newest collections, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org and follow Savannah African Art Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum.

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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SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS

SAVANNAH, GA – April 13, 2022 The Savannah African Art Museum will offer three summer internship programs: Curatorial, Educational, and Collections Management. These programs for college students are available starting in May, and will be based at the museum, located at 201 E. 37th St., Savannah, GA 31401.

The Curatorial internship involves the completion of a capstone project that will consist of five major stages, each of which builds upon the previous stage. These stages provide the intern with the skills they need to carry out their role as a professional museum curator. This includes the formulation of a topic, art historical research, and exhibition design.

The Educational internship is designed for those interested in a career in museum education and allows participants to do a capstone project on one of three options. This includes the creation of something that a group would make together, such as an arts and crafts project. Other options for the intern’s capstone project include designing a project that would be demonstrated in front of a group, or design of educational outreach presentations, which would be presented to a group. 

The Collections Management internship provides participants with a unique opportunity to learn about condition reports, object conservation, and the cataloging of objects on a digital database. The capstone for this project involves doing condition reports and catalogue entries for three radically different objects that present unique conservation and cataloguing challenges.

Applicants will have the opportunity to work directly with an internship advisor to complete their project in stages, receiving feedback from their advisor as the intern completes each stage.

“We are excited to offer three very different internship programs this summer,” said Billie Stultz, founding director and chief curator at the Savannah African Art Museum. “Educating a younger generation on the history and culture of art is a passion we all share at the museum. Depending on the program an applicant chooses, they may learn anything from how to properly care for priceless artifacts to designing the layout of exhibitions within the museum.” 

Applicants who apply for and are selected for internship programs will need a flash drive, lined notebook, writing utensil, and a laptop, tablet, or Chromebook with Microsoft Office. PC computers are available within the museum for applicants who do not have access to their own laptop. Business casual dress is required. 

To apply for the program or for more information, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org or call 912-721-7745.

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

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HSF COLLABORATES WITH SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM TO TAKE APRIL 21 LECTURE ON THE ROAD

SAVANNAH, GA – April 13, 2022 – Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) has partnered with Savannah African Art Museum to present the next installment in their ongoing “People, Places and Stories that Define Savannah” lecture series. The event will take place Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. at the Savannah African Art Museum, located at 201 E. 37th St. in Savannah. Free parking is available on site on a first come, first serve basis. Face masks are recommended but not required. 

The museum team will welcome attendees with an introduction to share history and information about the museum and its collection, including a few highlights about the restoration of the Victorian-era building itself. Next, guests will go on a guided tour through galleries containing West African and Central African art. Guests will be encouraged to ask questions as the tour progresses through the museum.

This event is open to the public; however, space is limited so reservations are required. Attendance is free for HSF members and $10 for non-members. Both members and non-members may RSVP for this event by visiting HSF’s website, www.myhsf.org, or by contacting Kimberly Newbold at knewbold@myhsf.org or 912-483-7294. The $10 nonmember registration fee must be paid via the HSF website prior to the event. 

“This collaboration with Savannah African Art Museum provides us with an excellent opportunity to take our popular lecture series on the road, and we’re sure those who join us will agree that the museum’s spectacular collection is something to behold,” HSF Education and Research Associate Kimberly Newbold said. “Their expansive galleries include beautiful, culturally significant pieces of art, and there are such fascinating stories behind the artwork. We’ll learn so much on site about heritage, tradition, and history from the museum’s knowledgeable staff – it’s an evening that is not to be missed.”  

Savannah African Art Museum Curator and Founding Director Billie Stultz and her team look forward to working with HSF and welcoming lecture attendees on April 21. 

“We’re really pleased to share our collection and many of the unique stories behind our display pieces with Historic Savannah Foundation and the event attendees as part of this lecture series. History is a universal concept that binds the world together and links time periods, people and places. Coming together with HSF to celebrate different kinds of history as it is passed down through art, priceless relics and cultural tales creates a fantastic learning opportunity for community members and visitors,” Stultz said.

To learn more about HSF and its other upcoming events, or to become a member, please visit www.myhsf.org or call 912-233-7787, and follow HSF on their social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading nonprofit preservation and cultural institution, saves buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future. Following its formation in 1955, the organization started a Revolving Fund to save endangered historic properties, now totaling nearly 410 buildings throughout several of Savannah’s historic districts. HSF continues to build capacity within its operations, secure new financial resources, improve its image and visibility, and increase public policy efforts to protect Savannah’s historic districts. 

The Savannah African Art Museum is a nonprofit institution that introduces all audiences to African art and culture. Our mission is to provide engaging experiences that educate and start conversations about the power, diversity, and spirituality of African art. For more information, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org or call 912-721-7745.

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SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM RELEASES IMPRESSIVE LINEUP OF UPCOMING SPRING EVENTS

SAVANNAH, GA – FEB. 28, 2022 The Savannah African Art Museum has several impressive upcoming events on its spring agenda, including being a participant at the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s Youth Art Month event, hosting an “Exploring the Role of African Queen Mothers” workshop in celebration of Women’s History Month, and hosting another workshop coinciding with their newly launched cowrie shell exhibit, “Exploring the Use of Cowrie Shells as Currency.”

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s Youth Art Month event: Savannah African Art Museum Education, Community Outreach Liaison Lisa Jackson will have a table at the event, engaging the community about the Museum’s West and Central African collection and distributing unique African motif bookmarks with quotes about art and a QR code to scan for information on their spring workshops. SCCPSS Youth Art Month is Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Bull Street Library, located at 2002 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401. Also joining Jackson at the Museum’s table will be artist, SCCPSS art teacher and Scribble Art Studio owner Paige Byrne, a new community collaborator of the Museum.

Byrne, and her husband, Geoff Byrne are artists and art teachers who co-own and operate Scribble Art Studio across the street from the museum. Byrne will promote the studio’s Summer Studio Camp, which includes a sketching class for middle school-aged students. During Scribble’s camp, participants will spend time at the Savannah African Art Museum learning about and sketching pieces of art from the museum’s collection. For more information on Scribble’s camp, please visit www.scribbleartstudiosav.com. 

“Exploring the Role of African Queen Mothers” workshop: In honor of March being Women’s History Month, the Savannah African Art Museum is holding a workshop on Saturday, March 12 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. titled “Exploring the Role of African Queen Mothers” at the museum’s Upbeat Village Terracotta Gallery, located at 201 East 37th Street, Savannah.

Workshop attendees will learn about two important history-making Queen Mothers: Idia, who was the first Queen Mother of Benin, and Yaa Assantawa, who was the Queen Mother of the Ashanti Empire (now part of modern-day Ghana). Attendees will also make their own crown of flowers and other materials to honor mothers.

“Exploring the Use of Cowrie Shells as Currency” workshop: The Savannah African Art Museum is holding a workshop on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. titled “Exploring the Use of Cowrie Shells as Currency” at the museum’s Upbeat Village Terracotta Gallery, located at 201 E. 37th St., Savannah. 

Participants will learn the history of the use of cowrie shells as currency in Africa and then will make a cowrie shell ink stamp with a potato and decorate their own draw-string currency pouches.

Please note that both the March12 and April 9 workshops are held in a room that is accessible by stairs only; no elevator or wheelchair access is available. All participants will be required to wear masks. To register for either workshop or for more information, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org or call 912-721-7745.

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SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM ADDS SECOND ‘WEARABLE ART’ WORKSHOP AFTER FIRST REACHES LIMIT

SAVANNAH, GA – FEBRUARY 10, 2022 – The Savannah African Art Museum has added an additional “Creating Wearable Art” workshop on Saturday, Feb. 19. The first wearable art workshop, held Feb. 12, filled up less than 24 hours after registration opened. Due to the popularity of the event and continued interest in the activity, the museum’s leadership team decided to give the community another opportunity to learn and be creative while enjoying themselves. 

The second workshop will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the museum’s Upbeat Village Terracotta Gallery, 201 East 37th Street, Savannah. Please note that it is stair access only, no elevator or wheelchair access is available. Registration is required via: www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org. Attendees will begin their experience with a private tour of the museum’s newest exhibit, “Culture, Currency and Continuity: The Significance of Cowrie Shells in African Art.” Registered attendees will meet at the main entrance of the museum promptly at 11 a.m. to commence the tour. Then, they’ll try their hands at creating wearable art out of cowrie shells and other materials.

In African culture, the small, glossy shells are more than just fashionable; they had monetary value in Ancient African societies. For centuries, the shells were a symbol of wealth and were used as a form of currency due to their sturdy and light-weight character. They are thought to be the first pan-regional currency in West Africa. Apart from their economic value, the shells were also revered for their power to bring prosperity, fertility, healing, and spiritual connection to ancestors. Today, cowrie shells are often used in clothing, jewelry, crafts, and African braided hairstyles and headpieces. 

“Cowrie shells have come to represent the African continent globally and have taken root in pop culture,” said Savannah African Art Museum Education Coordinator Lisa Jackson. “We want to share the history behind cowrie shells and why they are important to African societies. They were more than fashion; they were completely intertwined with the culture, spiritually, emotionally and financially. They were an important part of African life. We want our workshop attendees to walk away with more knowledge about these popular shells than what they walked in with and share it with others.”

To participate in this workshop, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org/workshops. To learn more about the museum, the new 2022 exhibit, and the museum’s newest collections, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org and follow The Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum.

The 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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