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Savannah African Art Museum offers volunteer docent opportunities to community members

The Savannah African Art Museum is looking for committed and mature community members to volunteer as docents. Volunteers serve as the backbone of the museum, sharing the museum’s rich history and art with the visiting public. In this role, volunteers will gain knowledge, public speaking experience, community service hours, and have an opportunity to interact with people from all around the world.

The museum offers flexible working hours to accommodate various volunteer schedules and lifestyles. No prior knowledge of African Art and history is required, as the museum provides in-depth training to all docents. Training includes learning about the museum’s collection, shadowing current docents, and talking with staff to get a deeper understanding of the process. All volunteers will receive talking points and light reading materials to guide aspects of the tour.

“We want the community to not just visit our museum, but also to be a part of our museum,” said Savannah African Art Museum Executive Director Alisa Evans-Newsome. “This is an environment that enriches all ages and cultures. We value our High School and College Interns and Volunteers greatly, but we also value having a multi-generational group of docents on board and so do our visitors.”

Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit savannahafricanartmuseum.org/volunteer for more information and the application form.

The Savannah African Art Museum is a non-profit institution devoted to spreading awareness and appreciation of African culture. They hold a vast collection of objects that hail from West and Central Africa. The museum’s collection spans numerous countries and cultures. For more information about the museum, access to virtual tours, workshops, and initiatives, please visit savannahafricanartmuseum.org or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest using the handle @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum.

SCI annual “Fans for Seniors” drive kicked off Thursday, June 20

Senior Citizens, Inc. (SCI) kicked off its annual fan drive to help protect local-area seniors from the summer heat on Thursday, June 20. To qualify for a fan, seniors must be 65 years or older and have a low income. Fans will be distributed Mondays through Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Members of the community who would like to donate to the “Fans for Seniors” drive may donate funds for fans in person at 3025 Bull Street or online at seniorcitizensinc.org/donations. While monetary donations are preferred, new fans may also be donated at SCI’s Bull Street location.

Tybee Post Theater receives $50,000 grant from T-Mobile

The Tybee Post Theater on Tybee Island will receive a $50,000 grant from T-Mobile to revitalize the theater’s interior. The grant will be used for new seating, to provide a more comfortable experience for the community and continue to support cultural events, educational programs and community engagement initiatives.

"We are incredibly excited and grateful to receive the T-Mobile Hometown Grant, which will allow us to install brand new seats in the Tybee Post Theater. This much-needed upgrade will significantly enhance the comfort and overall experience for our patrons. It's a wonderful step forward in our ongoing efforts to preserve and improve this historic venue, ensuring it remains a cherished cultural hub for our community for years to come." —Evan Goetz, Executive Director, Tybee Post Theater.

Hometown Grants is T-Mobile's way of giving people who live in small towns and rural communities a chance to transform the places they call home. Through community development initiatives across infrastructure, education, technology, environment and more, T-Mobile aims to create a stronger and more resilient future for communities nationwide.

The Tybee Post Theater held a special project reveal and check presentation on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m.

Tybee Island is one of two Georgia towns awarded T-Mobile Hometown Grants today. Thomasville, Ga. also received a $50,000 T-Mobile Hometown Grant for their own local restoration projects. Since the Hometown Grant program launched in 2021, 11 cities and towns in Georgia, including Manchester, Cedartown, Calhoun, Darien, and Hogansville have received grants totaling nearly $450,000.

     

Chantel Britton

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