SAVANNAH, GA – DECEMBER 5, 2019 – The Savannah African Art Museum (SAAM) is inviting visitors to get into the holiday spirit while embracing the tradition and artistry of Africa by holding a “Camel Decorating Contest.”
In the yard of the museum, which is located in a restored Victorian House on 37th and Abercorn streets, a large and ornate bronze camel bearing two riders beckons guests. The animalian piece of artwork is from the early 20th century. The museum’s staff has organized a unique contest and is inviting all guests to decorate the camel in holiday finery when they tour the facility.
SAAM will have plenty of decorations and accessories on hand to creative festive and original looks. However, those who know ahead of time they want to decorate the camel and stick to a theme are welcome to bring their own non-permanent supplies. After “decorating the camel,” guests are instructed to photograph their creation and post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #SAAMCamelContest. When posting their hashtagged photos, visitors are also encouraged to suggest a name for the camel, who currently has no moniker.
The Savannah African Art Museum staff will compile all the photos in an album on Facebook and let page followers vote on their favorite decorated camel photo. The contest runs through Dec. 21. The winner, who will receive a gift basket containing Savannah-centric products and goodies, will be announced on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2019.
“Our camel has been a very recognizable part of our collection, prominently greeting guests from the yard. It only makes sense that we’d get it all jazzed up for the holidays so it can serve as part of our seasonal décor. Our guests will likely think of better ideas and themes than we ever could, so letting them try their hand at decorating the camel is perfect,” said SAAM Curator Billie Stultz.
Savannah African Art Museum is a nonprofit institution that introduces all audiences to African art and culture. It is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The museum’s mission is to provide engaging experiences that educate and start conversations about the power, diversity, and spirituality of African art. Learn more by visiting www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org or dropping by their location at 201 E. 37th St. for a free tour.
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