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SAVANNAH, GA – September 21, 2023 – Telfair Museums will once again host the second annual Choate CANstruction competition. CANstruction, an international hunger relief charity, raises millions of pounds of food each year for local food banks. The CANstruction Competition invites teams to design and build structures entirely out of food cans, which are then donated to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah. The competition will be held from September 25 to September 30, with the full installations on display at the Jepson Center and Telfair Academy. 

During this period, a portion of Telfair Museums’ membership sales* will help purchase canned goods for Second Harvest’s local food bank. The partnership will benefit members with a year of access to art, history, and architecture, members-only exhibition previews, one-time use guest passes, 10% discounts in our museum stores, and more. In addition to supporting the arts, contributions will provide hunger relief to hundreds here in our community. 

“We are excited to host Choate Construction’s 2023 CANstruction Competition and participate in the fight against hunger. We are grateful to our dedicated members and to the amazing staff at Second Harvest for ensuring a brighter future for individuals and families in coastal Georgia,” said Ben Simons, Telfair’s executive director. 

Last year, Telfair Museums’ members helped donate 2,135 pounds of canned goods toward Savannah’s food bank. Since 2020, a total of 4,827 pounds of food have been donated through the generosity of museum members.  

To support CANstruction 2023 and the accompanying partnership and food drive, community members can purchase a membership online at or stop by any one of Telfair’s three sites. Visitors can visit the Jepson Center and Telfair Academy during CANstruction to view the installations and vote in the People’s Choice Award, with voting opening at 10am on September 25.   

About Telfair Museums  

Opening in 1886, Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South and the first U.S. museum founded by a woman. The museum features a world-class art collection in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District and encompasses three sites: the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, and the Telfair Academy. For more information on Telfair Museums, please visit   

*Telfair’s membership promotion applies to new and renewing members at the $175 Adventurer level and below. 

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