SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The other day, I was having a conversation with someone, and we were discussing the differences between Savannah and Charleston.
Both are port cities filled with Southern charm and incredible history. Where the similarities diverge, however subtle it may be, is Savannah’s moniker and reputation as the Hostess City.
Savannah has been more accepting of change, even if it has been a tad reluctant at times. I recognize as someone who’s live here for 20 years, I’m still considered a newcomer, but I also recognized that in my 20 years here, I’ve never been considered an outsider.
Probably the greatest example of this welcoming spirit is found in the history of an organization that’s in the midst of celebrating its 40th anniversary.
In the fall of 1979, the Savannah College of Art and Design opened its doors to its inaugural class of 71 students and a handful of teachers and administrators. Using the money she made from selling her yellow VW bug, Paula Wallace, along with Richard Rowan, and May and Paul Poetter, started the private school for the arts in a restored, historic Volunteer Guard Armory.
Today, four decades later, with dozens of preservations of historic buildings, SCAD now boasts of an enrollment of 15,000 students, hundreds of professors, and campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and France.
Consider this: SCAD has been, and will continue to be, a vital key to the success of Savannah. The school serves a multi-level purpose for our overall well-being. From a world renowned Film Festival, to world class arts in our streets and in our parks and an economic boom that’s fueled by the incredible injection of youth and energy into our downtown, SCAD does what no one else can: honor our rich history while simultaneously enriching our promising future.