‘Weave-A-Dream’ grants support local art programs

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The pandemic’s impact on the arts has generated billions of dollars in losses due to canceled events and art programs being suspended. The City of Savannah is offering support to the area’s creative industries who offer educational and artistic opportunities for the community.

‘Weave-A-Dream’ is a project-based funding program that works to preserve Savannah’s diversity and work to expand its creative sector. Projects should focus on creating access to arts and cultural projects to communities throughout the city, The Cultural Affairs Commission will review proposed projects based on artistic merit, design, strategy, and opportunity for success.

The pandemic forced the arts to adapt in order to survive; grant recipients said this program gave them a fighting chance.

Camille Hulbert said her grant gave her the funding to teach all age groups about textile art and conservation. Working with community partners and museums like the Savannah African Art Museum, the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club, and the Jewish Educational Alliance Hulbert organizes events and activities to create tangible outlooks from for the future utizling textiles from the past. She said a lot of creators are innovating ways to keep their programs afloat right now.

“It’s been overwhelming because we’re all experiencing this at teh same time and if you’re someone who is used to delivering activities in person and you know the importance of the people to people connection; you also have to adapt to that virtual aspect,” Hulbert and educator and the CEO of Morningstar Arts Creative explained as she described her organizations efforts to utilize technology to continue connecting others to the arts.

Hulberts latest project is on display at the JEA. The artist and educator said we all need the opportunity to create, collaboarte, and inspire each other–using the arts to not only improve our communities but also our quality of life.

Applicants can request up to $5,000 in matching funds from the city, but their programs have to take place in 2021.

To create an application account contact: scaccontract@savannahga.gov or call (912) 651-6760.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is October 1st, or as long as funds are available.

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