Celebrate Juneteenth victories at Savannah African Art Museum

Local museum seeks volunteers, offers internships

Volunteers tour Savannah African Art Museum
The Savannah African Art Museum is hosting a Juneteenth community celebration June 19 from noon-4 p.m.at the museum grounds located at 201 E. 37th St in downtown Savannah. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the abolishment of chattel slavery in the U.S., dating back to June 19,1865. The celebration has grown with 47 states and the District of Columbia passing legislation recognizing Juneteenth as a state holiday or day of observance.

Founding director and Chief Curator Billie Stultz said, “Juneteenth is a day of remembrance and a day of freedom that we must all commemorate and celebrate. Especially in light of the events of the past year, we must continue the fight for freedom and healing, but celebrate our victories together as a community. We invite all to celebrate this important holiday with us at the Savannah African Art Museum through sharing of African art, dance, practices, storytelling, crafts, music and info/resources to empower the family – there will be something for all to enjoy.”

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

In addition, the museum is looking for volunteers and interns with good communication skills.

“A volunteer will learn how to present a tour and provide accurate information regarding the artifacts on display,” Stultz said. “An intern is a student desiring to learn how a museum operates and how their course of study is applicable to a museum’s operations.”

The intern will also learn how to lead a tour. They will also be given an assignment to complete during the internship, which lasts for a single term, and will result in the student earning college credit.

During training sessions, volunteers will learn about the museum and its collection through instruction from museum staff and by shadowing current volunteers. Tours are provided to visitors by walk-in and appointment while adhering to safety guidelines. Julie Gilliart has been volunteering for three years and had only positive things to say.

“I like the learning environment, you learn things every day, also the staff is friendly here,” she said.

To apply or for information, email apply.saam@gmail.com, call the Savannah African Art Museum at 912-721-7724, or visit in person at 201 E. 37th St. Savannah, GA 31401.

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