Published on: Jul. 12, 2023
Leadership Savannah Class Learn About Tourism and The Arts in June’s Program

Leadership Savannah was hosted by Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where the 2023 Class heard from leaders in the arts and historic preservation community at the SCAD Museum. The class visited the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum where Georgia Civil Rights champion Mercedes Wright Arnold, fondly known as the “Sweetheart of the Movement,” spoke to the class about her personal recollections of the civil rights movement in Savannah.

The day program ended with a spirited presentation from Visit Savannah’s President Joe Marinelli and Tourism Leadership Council’s President Michael Owens. Both leaders shared the profound impact the visitor economy has on our community.

Special thanks to those who made the June program possible:

Austin Hill of Corcoran Austin Hill Reality,
Darrell Naylor-Johnson and Katie Holderness of the Savannah College of Art and Design,
Vaughnette Goode-Walker –  Founder and CEO, Footprints of Savannah Walking Tour.
Sue Adler – CEO, Historic Savannah Foundation.
Amy Williams – Executive Director, Savannah Philharmonic.
Gene Dobbs Bradford – Executive Director, Savannah Music Festival.
Michael Owens – President and CEO, Tourism Leadership Council.
Joseph Marinelli – President, Visit Savannah.


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