ATLANTA, GA, October 5–The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center in Savannah was among the 12 individuals and organizations across the state that were selected to receive the prestigious 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities.
The awards ceremony was held at the state capitol on Wednesday, October 5th and was hosted by Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal. Local Savannah historian, Vaughnette Goode Walker, proprietor of Footprints of Savannah Walking Tours, accepted the award on behalf of The Beach Institute.
The Governor’s Awards for the Arts & Humanities honors outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through excellence and service to the arts and humanities. These awards pay tribute to the most distinguished citizens and organizations that have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to work in these fields.
The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center is the City of Savannah’s flagship museum and gallery for traveling exhibitions, permanent collection exhibits, performances and lecture series highlighting African-American artists.
This year The Beach Institute will host its first holiday jazz benefit concert on December 4th, featuring Teddy Adam’s and The Three Divas (Huxsie Scott, Gina Rene, Claire Frazier). More details on tickets and sponsorship opportunities to be released.
Current exhibits at Beach include the works of nationally renowned artist and Savannah native Ulysses Davis (1914-1990)–who is a 1988 Georgia Governor’s Award recipient. His collections have been exhibited at museums across the country, including the New York Folk Art Museum in 2009. Davis’ masterwork carvings, a series 40 wood busts of American Presidents up to George H.W. Bush, is currently a part of the gallery’s permanent collection.
The Beach Institute was established in 1867 by the Freedmen’s Bureau and the American Missionary Association and was the first school built in Savannah for African Americans during the Reconstruction Era. In 1989 the Savannah College of Art and Design purchased the museum’s current building from the Savannah public school system and donated it to the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Inc. The Foundation was founded by noted civil rights leader, historian and preservationist, W.W. Law and operates The Beach Institute and King-Tisdell Cottage.
The Beach Institute African American Cultural Center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and is located at: 502 E Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401. King-Tisdell Cottage is open to the public for private tours and is located at: 514 E Huntingdon St, Savannah, GA 31401
Pictured 1st row ascending: Dr. Annette K. Brock (Chair KTCF) (holding the 2016 Governor’s Award statue), Betty Lasseter (KTCF); Ronald Flagg (FOBI); Tana Flagg (FOBI); Shirley B. James (FOBI); Honorable Edna Jackson (FOBI); Jusak Yang Bernhard (FOBI).2nd row ascending: Dora S. Myles (KTCF); Vaughnette Goode-Walker (FOBI); Sigmund N. Hudson (KTCF); Freddie H. Gilyard (KTCF); Leon McClean (KTCF); Juanita Adams (KTCF); Jeff Manley (FOBI). *King-Tisdell Foundation, Inc (KTCF) *Friends of Beach Institute (FOBI)
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