August 11, 2020 – Savannah African Art Museum’s (SAAM) exhibits and galleries remain temporarily closed for in-person viewing while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. SAAM recently unveiled a new series of two different live daily virtual tours which will be offered through Zoom and Facebook Live. These online tours will be accessible Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) and focus on different themes of leadership, initiation, ancestry and spirits, problem solving, and prestige.
Short live tours, each lasting between 15-30-minutes, will be offered at 1 p.m. every weekday via SAAM’s Facebook account (@SavannahAfricanArtMuseum). Each of these brief video tours will feature one or two objects from the museum’s collection. Full-length live virtual tours will be offered each weekday on the hour via Zoom video conferencing, with the last tour of each day beginning at 4 p.m. During these Zoom tours, which will each be limited to 35 people, guides will take participants around SAAM and speak about key works from the museum’s collection.
“SAAM staff and volunteers know that it’s important we continue to share African art and culture with the community, despite these challenging times we are living in,” said SAAM Founding Director and Chief Curator Billie Stultz. “These virtual tours are a great opportunity for those interested in touring the museum to do so from the safety and comfort of home.”
The museum holds a collection of over 1,000 objects that hail from West and Central Africa, showcasing a range of ceremonial and spiritual items from the 19th and 20th centuries. The nonprofit’s collection represents 28 countries and over 150 individual cultures and ethnic groups. SAAM introduces all audiences to African art and culture with the mission to provide engaging experiences that educate and start conversations about the power, diversity, and spirituality of African art.