The Savannah Urban Arts Festival Announces a Call for Participation

The Savannah Urban Arts Festival announces an open call for vendors and artists of all types; including filmmakers, musicians, visual artists and others who are interested in participating in the festival, which runs April 18-25, 2010 at venues throughout Savannah.

Deadline is March 31st for visual artists and musicians, and March 19th for filmmakers. If all slots are filled, submissions could close earlier though. Artists and performers who are interested can submit an application through the festival website: www.savannahurbanartsfestival. com.

The goal of the Savannah Urban Arts Festival is to celebrate the diverse range of art and artists who live and work in Savannah and build connections with artists from across the Southeast. Last year’s festival included performances from Savannah natives and internationally known musicians Anthony David and Brittany Bosco, along with film screenings, dance performances, dance parties, The SUAF King of the Beat producer battle, live music from regional artists, and presentations from award-winning hip hop historian/author Jeff Chang and Community Arts Activist Bill Strickland. The feature for this year is the the southeast regions largest touring arts exhibition, Art, Beats and Lyrics. The exhibition has been featured Atlantas High Museum of Art and cities throughtout the southeast to include Charolotte, NC and Birmingham, AL. AB+L has consistently drawn hundreds of art enthusiast from around the country to experience this unique urban art exhibition.

AB+L’s appearance is supported by grant funding from the Georgia Council for the Arts and the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs and Cricket Wireless.

The 2010 festival will feature eight days of events including live music, a spanish-language theatrical performance of “Choices: A Romeo and Juliet Story,” visual art exhibits, film screenings, artist workshops and more.

Nearly all of the festival’s events will be free, to encourage people to come out and support. SUAF will be a “pass the hat” festival where attendees are asked to donate a few dollars if they enjoyed the event and the performers.

The Festival is an eightday series of live performances, forums, workshops and film screenings presented as a celebration of the diverse styles of art, music, writing and self-expression that have developed in urban culture, with a goal to foster dialogue between area youth, citizens, and civic leaders about ways to utilize these art forms to create positive change in communities by engaging people, particularly youth, in activities that offer creative outlets, teach job and life skills, and create new entrepreneurial opportunities.

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