CODA Post-conference Tour, April 9

Georgia Made Georgia Grown LLC and the Savannah College of Art & Design co-host the Craft Organization Development Association’s 2oth annual conference April 6-8 at River Club in Savannah ( The Friday after the conference, we have the rare opportunity to take a tour, conducted by Jamal Toure, to learn about the Georgia’s Geechee culture.

Jamal brings America’s African heritage alive through story-telling and performance as we travel to Savannah’s Beach Institute for a private viewing of the 238 piece Ulysees Davis Folk Art Collection, then to Riceboro to the Geechee Kunda Cultural Center.

The Cultural Center, created by Jim and Pat Bacote, is a living museum, a meeting place, a gallery, and the place to enjoy a Geechee Fry Lunch – fried local wild shrimp, smoked maroon chicken, rice n beans and salad. The Georgia Geechee Shouters will perform their famous ring shouting. We’ll learn about local history and culture, as well as see local craft, available for purchase.

9:30am – Bus pick up at The Inn at Ellis Square on Bay Street downtown

9:45am – Tour the Beach Institute’s Ulysees Davis Collection of sculptures

10:30am – Bus leaves Beach Institute for Riceboro. Rolling tour included.

11:30am – Arrive Geechee Kunda Cultural Center. Learn about local history/culture. See local craft exhibit and sale. Hear the Georgia Geechee Shouters. Enjoy a Geechee Fry Lunch.

2:30pm – Return to Savannah with drop-off either at the airport or the Inn at Ellis Square.

The cost of the tour is $75 per person, payable in advance. If you are able to go, Email CODA and get payment instructions.

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