September Update

[The following was distributed via the official ACACC email list and through social media.   If you received or saw neither, be sure you’re on the list or that you’re Liking and Following.  If you are Liking the page you may not always be Following it.] September 23, 2018 * Free …

February 2018 ACACC Update

It has been awhile since the last communication, but the time is overdue to update you on recent activities and to get the wheels moving again to advance the arts and culture industry in Chatham County. Advisory Council Wanted In short, ACACC needs to assemble an advisory council.  There are …

Funding non-profits is good business

Published:  Savannah Morning News, January 8, 2018. Following up to Kristopher Monroe’s article Savannah Chatham budgets must reflect community’s cultural values, and after the City’s budget has been adopted, I believe it prudent to see the conversation steered away from intrinsic cultural values to government’s role in job development and …

City Council Speech – 2017

City of Savannah, City Council Meeting, Thursday, December 7, 2017 https://savannahgovtv.viebit.com/player.php?hash=11H0E89ZuLJK (Start at 1:54 during the Budget’s 1st Readings for an industry-wide response to arts and culture funding) Transcript: Mr. Mayor.   City Council. Happy holidays to you and your families. My name is Patrick Kelsey, and I represent the Arts …

November 30 Coffee Hour Recap

On Thursday, November 30, the Arts and Culture Alliance of Chatham County (ACACC) hosted a coffee hour for the arts and culture industry.  It was well attended by representatives from various organizations and disciplines, the city, cultural affairs commissioners, and local journalists. The most pressing development discussed was the City …

November 30 Coffee Hour Speech

Speech given at the November 30, 2017 Arts and Culture Coffee Hour at Savannah Coffee Roasters. Good morning.  Thank you, everyone, for being here. For those of you who are new, my name is Patrick Kelsey, and i serve as the facilitator for the arts and culture alliance of Chatham …

October ACACC Update

Good evening.  It’s been a while since the coffee hour and my last correspondence, but I wanted to send out a quick update to where things are with the Arts and Culture Alliance of Chatham County (ACACC). About the time Irma was arriving, I posted to ACACC’s social media the …

September 7 Coffee Hour Recap

There was a fantastic turnout to the coffee hour, and I believe there was full representation from the arts and culture industry. We had a great conversation to get things moving along to real action.  The takeaways, however, were that the industry needs to leverage itself and convince our elected …

City Council Speech – 2016

City of Savannah, City Council Meeting, Thursday, December 22, 2016 https://savannahgovtv.viebit.com/player.php?hash=zCggFZfrw75D (Start at :42 during the Ordinances – 2nd Readings for an industry-wide appeal to not cut arts and culture funding) Transcript: Mr. Mayor, Council Members: My name is Patrick Kelsey, and I live in the 2nd district.  Today, I …