SAVANNAH, GA – JULY 6, 2020 – Due to the continued surge in COVID-19 cases throughout Georgia, the Savannah African Art Museum has announced plans to remain closed for the immediate future. Previously, SAAM had planned to reopen on July 8, but recently released statics gave museum staffers pause and prompted them to reconsider.
On July 2, Georgia’s COVID-19 rate hit an all-time high at 3,472 active cases. Experts believe that number will rise after statistics are factored in from the July 4th holiday weekend – which drew many out-of-town tourists to the region. Taking all of this into account, the museum’s staff decided to err on the side of caution in order to protect visitors, employees and volunteers.
“This was a tough call to make, but in the end, safety must be our top priority. We cannot, in good conscious, make a move that might risk the health and safety of our patrons or our workers,” SAAM Executive Director and Chief Curator Billie Stultz said. “We are actively monitoring developments related to COVID-19, paying attention to all relevant authorities, and diligently following recommendations from the CDC. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our gallery when we feel it is once again safe to do so.”
Savannah African Art museum is a non-profit institution devoted to spreading awareness and appreciation of African culture. They hold a collection of over 1,000 objects that hail from West and Central Africa. The museum’s collection spans over 28 countries and represents over 180 cultures.
To learn more about the museum, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org and follow SAAM on social media – including Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest – using the handle @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum.
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