May 18, 2024 8:27 am
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SCAD Celebrates 45 Years with Colorful Sidewalk Festival

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) transformed Forsyth Park into a vibrant tableau of creativity and community spirit with its Annual Sidewalk Arts Festival. The event, a cherished tradition of the institution, witnessed SCAD students and alumni, alongside local high school students, coloring over 800 sidewalk squares with striking chalk artworks. Celebrating SCAD’s 45th anniversary, this year’s festival not only showcased the technical skills and artistic visions of its participants but also integrated the festive theme of ‘star power’, offering additional prizes for artworks that creatively embraced this concept. The festival, adorned with a kaleidoscope of colors, also featured food and live music, enhancing the celebratory atmosphere.

Beyond the display of art, the festival served as a significant pedagogical and community engagement platform. According to Darrell Naylor-Johnson, Vice President of SCAD Savannah, events like these are “foundational to the advancements of creatives,” providing students with a unique opportunity to exhibit their talents outside the conventional classroom setting. Michelle Gavin, Executive Director at SCAD, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the importance of public exposure for student artworks that usually remain confined to academic settings. Students themselves, like Pia Aguirre and Monae Richards, expressed joy and appreciation for the opportunity to interact and collaborate within the broader community, emphasizing the festival’s role in bringing together people through art.

Georgia takes aim at mental health care shortages with new legislation

Georgia is intensifying efforts to tackle its mental health care challenges with new legislation designed to increase the availability of mental health professionals across the state. Representative Sharon Cooper emphasizes the state’s commitment to equalizing access to mental health services, particularly in rural areas, by offering loan repayment incentives to providers working in underserved regions.

Kemp signs bill into law forcing sheriffs to enforce federal immigration law

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia signed a contentious new law on May 1, 2024, mandating that law enforcement agencies notify federal authorities about the arrest of undocumented immigrants, with penalties including loss of state funding and criminal charges for non-compliance. Critics argue the law targets Georgia’s Hispanic community disproportionately and contrasts sharply with previous state efforts towards criminal justice reform.