The historic Lucas Theater in Savannah, Georgia

Arts in Savannah, Georgia

Many renowned artists find Savannah inspiring, while the Savannah College of Art and Design gives future artists a place to learn and create. Immerse yourself in culture – take in a show, observe the creative process and gaze upon world-class art – and you’ll come away inspired yourself.

What to See and Do

The Lucas Theatre for the Arts  – Gaze at the 40-foot-wide ceiling dome to gain an appreciation of the Italianate architecture of this 1921 theater, which re-opened after a $14 million restoration effort by community members and celebrities, including the cast of “Forrest Gump.” Stay for one of the many events, movies and performances hosted throughout the year which are supported by Lucas Theatre for the Arts and Savannah College of Art and Design. Tours are available most days.
32 Abercorn St., 912-525-5040

Telfair Academy – You're sure to find hours of entertainment touring diverse sites: the neoclassical Telfair Home, which houses the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences; the Owens-Thomas House, with its English-inspired formal garden; and the Jepson Center for the Arts, which houses more than 7,500 square feet of gallery space.
121 Barnard St., 912-790-8800

SCAD Museum of Art – If you love art, then make sure to visit this museum on the campus of Savannah College of Art and Design. Housed in a restored antebellum railroad depot, it displays contemporary works from renowned and emerging artists, and serves as a learning opportunity for students.
601 Turner Blvd., 912-525-7191

Savannah Theatre – Catch a Broadway-style live show any time of year in one of the oldest continually operating theaters in the country. 
222 Bull St., 912-233-7764

Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center – Once a school for newly free slaves, today the institute displays detailed wood carvings by Savannah barber and folk artist Ulysses Davis, including his sculptures of 40 U.S. presidents, plus other African-American art work.
502 E. Harris St., 912-234-8000

City Market - Savannah – Enjoy original works of 50-plus local artists (and perhaps get a chance to talk to them about their work) in their studios on the upper level. You can also purchase art work at one of City Center’s galleries.
219 W Bryan St., 912-232-4903

Where to Stay in Savannah

Savannah has dozens of great places to stay during your trip, but be sure to check out the Mansion on Forsyth Park and Azalea Inn & Gardens. Both are located in historic downtown and can be considered beautiful works of art in their own right.
Mansion on Forsyth Park: 700 Drayton St., 912-238-5158
Azalea Inn & Gardens: 217 East Huntingdon St., 912-236-6080 

Published: December 2014