The new year is finally here! And with it are some exciting changes to Art Rise Savannah’s First Friday Art March. As our community grows, matures and transforms, it’s vital that Art Rise Savannah and our programming stays relevant, accessible and most importantly, impactful. We’ve never been an organization to shy away from bold self-improvement and this year will be no exception.
Starting this year we are turning the Art March into a seasonal event that will take place four times a year. During the First Fridays of April, July, October and December, Art Rise will work with local artists, businesses, food trucks and the city of Savannah to produce the city’s premier art event. Our goal is to demonstrate the value of the arts in our city and their ability to inspire healthy, vibrant and beloved communities. We are working overtime on the logistics of these events, so be sure to stay tuned when more announcements come through!
You won’t need to wait till April, however, to get your fill of gallery shows and local shopping. First Fridays in Starland will continue the tradition of classy evenings of music, food, shopping and art. Coordinated by an emerging coalition of locally owned Starland businesses, these community-first stores will be open from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 6 with great discounts, new artwork, live music and more.
We’re already anticipating some really great artwork at Sulfur Studios and an incredible bead show titled “Tiny Treasures” at the city of Savannah’s Cultural Arts Gallery on Henry Street. A group show by the members of the Coastal Bead Society, “Tiny Treasures” presents their work in an astonishing variety of ways, including jewelry, wearable art, embellished artifacts and more. You can also find the bead members in the gallery from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 10-17 demonstrating techniques, sharing new projects and answering questions.
I speak on behalf of the entire team at Art Rise Savannah when I say we can’t wait to see the amazing work our city produces and shares in the next year. With much to reflect on, and much to answer to, it will truly be a year of discovery and change for all of us.
Wishing you and yours a happy new year!
Clinton Edminster is executive director of Art Rise Savannah. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to artrisesavannah.org.