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  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015 5:19 PM | Anonymous

    City celebrates Earth Day with launch of Anti-Litter Campaign
    What: On Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22), Savannah launches the first comprehensive citywide public-private collaboration to fight litter in the community. The campaign’s goal is to curb littering in Savannah by 50 percent over the next year through a strategic education and social media outreach initiative.  Litter is costly, unsightly and growing quickly out of control. Join us at this event to learn more about how the Savannah community can get involved and how everyone can become a member of our #LitterCrew.
    WHEN: Wednesday, April 22 at 10 a.m.
    WHERE: Forsyth Park Fountain
    The Honorable Edna Jackson; Mayor, The City of Savannah
    Stephanie Cutter; City Manager, The City of Savannah
    Greg Parker; President and CEO, The Parker Companies

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015 3:21 PM | Anonymous

    Current Calls For Art


    ARC of Savannah offers all Greater Savannah Area artists an opportunity to exhibit their work for sale at the 2015 Artists and Artisans Tour on June 25, 2015.

    This show celebrates the magnificent historic residences and extraordinary artistic talents that, along with the food, wine, and people, make Savannah a great cultural center.

    The show will take place in four of our historic homes and one garden. Artists will be selected by jury, a different panel than last year. So it will count as a juried show for your resume. We have an expanded venue so all artists are welcome to apply, even those who were in the 2014 show. Sales were good last year.

    ARC Savannah is hoping to collaborate with you and our sponsor, the Downtown Neighborhood Association, in making art an essential part of the Savannah experience. We are also raising funds to further ARC's mission in Savannah. As part of that mission we will be producing a takeaway book to include each artist’s information, an image representing your work, and a photo of the artist.


    Essential Details

    ●  Juried Art Show, Artist and Artisans Tour of Homes.

    ●  Date: Thursday, June 24, 2015

    ●  Time: 6:00pm until 8:00pm

    ●  The deadline for entries will be noon on Friday, May 1, 2015.

    ●  Artists must be residents in the greater Savannah area.

    ●  The presentation of all work should be professional and ready to hang.

    ●  Entrants are asked to provide their own easels and pedestals or other display and

        are limited to four works of art. We have some display materials available on


    ●  During the show accepted artists are asked to set up their own work on

        Wednesday, June 24th by 5:00 pm.

    ●  Artists are asked to be present and remain with their work during the show, June

        25th, to answer questions and provide information to the clients, and to remove all

        unsold work at the close of the show (8:00 pm)

    ●  We recommend some smaller work that can be carried away at the end time of the sale.

    ●  ARC Savannah has a no discount policy for work sold at the show so work should be

        priced at fair market value.


    Artist Contract

    1) Selected Art is consigned for the specific time of the event.

    2) Art selected should be as represented in samples and no substitutions should be made

        without prior agreement.

    3) Timely pick up and delivery of the art is the artist responsibility. 4) Sales are final and

        paid to ARC Savannah.
    5) 70% of each sale is a taxable amount
    6) 30% of each sale is a tax exempt donation to ARC Savannah

    7) Artist is aware that sales directly resulting from an ARC event on featured pieces should

        accrue a 30% donation to ARC Savannah for 60 days after the event.

    8) ARC Savannah will process all payments and Georgia sales taxes and send tax letters

        and artist checks in a timely manner.

    9) All 2d and 3d art is welcome. Media arts will be problematic in this venue.

    10) Artists agree to ARC using their images in promoting this event and in the event

          publication. We are willing to show your work to other venues with your permission.


    To enter > email the following to:

    1) Name

    2) Address

    3) Phone

    3) Type of work

    4) 4 JPEG images of work at 72dpi and approximately 640 pixels in the largest dimension.

    5) A sentence accepting the terms of the ARC Savannah Artist Contract.

    6) If Juried in to this show: A 100 word biography or statement, a photo of the artist and a photo of one representative piece at 300 dpi and 7” on the short side, and your website. This may be attached to the original submission if preferred.

    There is no fee for ARC Savannah members. Artist membership is $20.00

    Download a PDF of the Prospectus HERE



  • Sunday, April 12, 2015 7:53 PM | Anonymous

    DNA Members are invited to an "Evening with Richard C. Kessler" on Friday, April 17th at 7 p.m. at Independent Presbyterian Church. A reception will immediately follow. The event is hosted by Veritas Academy and is free.

    Mr. Richard C. Kessler is the Chairman and CEO of the Kessler Collection (a collection of over ten luxury and boutique hotels that includes the Bohemian and the Mansion on Forsyth in Savannah) and Chair of  the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection.  As a Rincon native and descendant of the Salzburger Lutherans (Lutherans who were expelled from Austria and invited by James Oglethorpe in 1734 to settle in what is now Effingham County) he is also a collector of Reformation era historical manuscripts and documents. The “Kessler Reformation Collection” is housed at Emory University and is the largest collection of Martin Luther documents (1000+) in North America and the third largest collection of religious manuscripts in North America.

     We are not doing a traditional “gala” this year.  This event will be a mini-symposium of sorts. The program will feature Veritas rhetoric students and a presentation/lecture from Mr. Kessler.  The theme of the evening will be ‘Treasuring Our Christian Heritage.’  There will be a reception on the front lawn of IPC after the program.

     Dr. Patrick Graham, director of the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University, will accompany Mr. Kessler.  Dr. Graham will bring a small collection of manuscripts to display in the program.  These will include a 1541 Call to Prayer from Martin Luther (1541), Spangenberg’s edition of Luther’s Large Catechism (1546), an early printing of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (1561), and an early edition of the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent (1566).

  • Friday, April 10, 2015 3:51 PM | Anonymous

    From: Charles Smith, Savannah College of Art & Design
    Date: April 10, 2015 at 3:03:28 PM EDT
    To: Savannah DNA - Melinda Allen <>

    SCAD Day Tomorrow, Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Dear members of the Downtown Neighborhood Association:
    SCAD Day is set for tomorrow morning starting at 9 a.m. This university open house brings hundreds of prospective students and families from all around the world to Savannah. We’re excited to have these visitors enjoy the city’s historic beauty during their time here.
    We’re reviewed our transportation needs and want to notify you that we’re employing new measures to control flow in areas where SCAD Day events take place. These steps include traffic assistance from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and improved bus coordination.
    We are committed to creating the best possible congruency between the needs of the city’s neighborhood and our visitors and we’re excited to showcase Savannah to the world.
    Thank you,

    Chuck Smith
    Vice President for University Resources
    Savannah College of Art and Design®

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:20 PM | Anonymous

    SAVANNAH, GA (April 8, 2015): With rising temperatures and more time spent outdoors, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police urge citizens to be mindful of the security of their vehicles.
    Traditionally, crime increases during warmer months. Since this time last year, SCMPD’s jurisdiction experienced  a 33% drop in entering auto cases, but a 56% rise in auto thefts. Metro Crime Prevention Officers urge citizens to take proactive steps to avoid being targeted by thieves.
    CPO Bryan Harrell stated, “Having personal property stolen is an awful experience.” Harrell continues, “While thefts of and from motor vehicles are among of the most prevalent crimes we see here in Chatham County; they’re also the most preventable if we all chip in.”
    Metro CPOs recommend carefully checking that all vehicle windows and doors are tightly sealed and locked. Citizens should remove all valuables from their vehicles. Valuables that cannot be removed, should be completely out of sight.  Avoid leaving spare keys or weapons of any kind in unoccupied automobiles. Failure to do so could result in stolen vehicles or their contents being used to commit crimes, such as burglaries, robberies and even shootings.
    SCMPD offers the following vehicle security tips:
    -       Always lock your vehicle.
    -       Hide or remove all valuables.
    -       Never leave weapons in unoccupied vehicles.
    -       Never leave keys inside of the vehicle. Spare vehicle keys and even keys to residences, businesses or storage facilities could appeal to thieves.
    -       Park in well-lit areas.
    -       Report all suspicious activity to police.
    -       Maintain records of serial numbers or other identifying marks of valuables you may leave in the vehicles.

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  • Wednesday, April 08, 2015 10:12 AM | Anonymous


    More information about the Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition’s work, including the dates of all of its upcoming community meetings and conversations, is online at


    WHAT: Community Conversation on Transportation

    WHEN: 9-10:30 a.m. April 14

    WHERE: Chatham DFCS, 761 Wheaton St., Savannah

    WHAT: Community Conversation on Health

    WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14

    WHERE: Chatham DFCS, 761 Wheaton St., Savannah


    WHAT: Community Conversation on Economy

    WHEN: 8:30-10 am. April 15

    WHERE: United Way of the Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St., Savannah


    WHAT: Community Conversation on all topics

    WHEN: 5:30-7 p.m. April 23

    WHERE: Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway, Savannah

  • Thursday, April 02, 2015 6:29 PM | Anonymous

    City-SCAD partnership to increase connectivity in public spaces
    The Savannah City Council and the Savannah College of Art and Design today signed a memorandum of understanding that will expand the City’s fiber network, facilitating the deployment of more surveillance cameras and increasing wireless connectivity for public services.
    The agreement developed after SCAD approached the City about installing fiber beneath several City squares and parks to provide wireless connectivity for use by SCAD students and school-sponsored events. SCAD would fund the cost of fiber installation in the public spaces, and upgrade electrical service at each location. In exchange for allowing use of the public space, the City would be able to utilize this fiber for City initiatives, such as surveillance cameras and wireless access for City services, such as monitoring irrigation systems.
    “This is a win-win for the City and SCAD,” said City of Savannah Management Services Bureau Chief Sean Brandon. “It’s the beginning of an important partnership that will link the resources of the City and SCAD toward expanding vital fiber links throughout downtown.”
    Under the memorandum of understanding, work would initially be done at Forsyth Park, as well as Madison, Pulaski and Oglethorpe squares. The upgraded electrical service at each location would be done in coordination with City Park and Tree Department’s planned electrical upgrades, and would fast-track the needed upgrades at these locations. SCAD’s work will enhance and expand the City’s own fiber expansion plans; in 2013, voters approved $1 million in SPLOST funding to expand the City’s wireless infrastructure.
    While the project will initially facilitate public safety and service improvements, the plan is to eventually extend wireless connectivity to the general public in these spaces.

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    The Survey Company will do the Interactive Workshop from 5:15-6:15 p.m. before our meeting on the April 15 during our hospitality/social hour.

    Introducing Parking Matters:  A Strategic Plan for Parking + Mobility in Savannah
    View this email in your browser

    Have you ever been frustrated by parking downtown? 
    Do you avoid downtown because of parking challenges? 
    Do you have ideas about better ways to move in and around town? 

    Now is the time to get involved in the creation of a Parking and Mobility Strategic Plan for greater downtown Savannah in three easy ways!


    1.     Take Our Survey

    Tell us what you think in this quick online survey!  The questions are slightly different for residents, employees, tourists, etc., so we invite you to repeat the survey more than once, varying your responses as necessary to provide the level of detail required to capture your experiences.  The survey should take approximately 5 – 8 minutes to complete.


    2.     Attend Our Community Workshop

    Join our first community workshop!  This interactive workshop will occur in an open house format, so you may stop by at your convenience and stay as little or as long as you’d like!

    Parking Matters Community Workshop
    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street
    Download Meeting Flyer


    3.     Visit  

    The project website,, includes additional information about the Parking Matters Strategic Plan and will be updated on a regular basis.  Here you will be able to find maps, data, and information produced throughout the study.  All community workshops, public presentations, and survey links will be listed here as well.  You can also join our email list to receive updates throughout the project.


    The creation of this plan is an initiative of the CORE MPO/Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission and the City of Savannah.  Questions or comments about the study may be directed to    


    Don’t keep this to yourself – please share with your friends and forward this email!

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  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 8:59 AM | Anonymous
    SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K will take place this Saturday, March 28, resulting in road closures. More than 2,300 people will participate in this inaugural race event.

    Roads will be closed starting at 7:30 a.m., with the majority of the 5K route reopening by 8:30 a.m. The half marathon route will temporarily close Victory Drive between 8-10:30 a.m. Detours will be at Abercorn and Bee Roads. The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department will assist with the event, allowing cars to safely cross the course at major intersections.

    The race weekend will begin with a New Balance Fashion Fitness Expo at the Savannah Hilton DeSoto from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday, March 27. The half marathon and 5K races start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, with the post-race party to be held in Forsyth Park.
    Full list of road closures and open times:

    • 4 a.m. – Drayton Street between Park & Gaston Streets closed
    • 7:30 a.m. – Race Start
    • 8 – 10:30 am – Victory Drive closed with detours available.
    • 8:30 a.m. – 5K route to open
    • 10:30 a.m. – Daffin Park area to open
    • 11:30 a.m. – All streets open

    Click here to view the Course Map

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:39 PM | Anonymous

    As of today, March 24, 2015, residential parking decals will be honored beyond the one block radius in which they've traditionally been limited. This map below details the zones in which residents with valid residential parking permits may park. Download the map here.

    Permit Restrictions:
    ∗ Illegal parking is prohibited.
    ∗ No Parking on 15 or 30 minute meters / time zones
    ∗ No Parking in front of commercial establishments
    ∗ No Parking on Broughton Street
    ∗ No Parking beyond your Residential ZONE
    ∗ Residents are not allowed to park FREE in City garages

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Savannah, GA 31412

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