The new Telfair Children’s Arts Museum, which offers transformative learning experiences, has opened in Savannah, Ga.
The long-anticipated opening last month unveiled the innovative transformation of part of the Jepson Center into a space that ignites creativity and inspires children of all ages, a news release said.
Jepson Center guests enter CAM through an informative tunnel gallery that serves as a portal to spaces filled with state-of-the-art technology and activity stations. The Children’s Arts Museum will serve as a major attraction for thousands of annual visitors to Savannah, as well as area families and school children.
Since the 1920s Telfair has welcomed more than 250,000 students to the museum through a partnership with Savannah-Chatham County Schools, and educational tour programs which continue to evolve today under the leadership of Harry DeLorme, longtime Director of Education and Senior Curator.
“This museum will not only be an exciting place for families visiting Savannah, but a wonderful opportunity for local families and schools to engage with art, technology, and innovation,” said DeLorme. “We are excited that CAM expands Telfair’s capacity to offer Pre-K and family programming and to provide unique and immersive experiences for children of all ages in the Coastal region.”
Said Savannah Mayor Van Johnson: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Savannah, her residents, and guests to experience art in a family-friendly environment.” CAM offers fun, educational experiences that address the needs and expectations of contemporary audiences ranging from traditional methods of learning to high-tech interactive experiences.
Visitors will be able to enjoy comfortable family lounge areas, an engaging toddler section for children up to 3 years old with tactile exhibits, and a suite of immersive and interactive spaces to inspire imagination and an early passion for art.
“Telfair Museums is proud to open the Children’s Art Museum, which will serve both our local community, the wider region, and visitors from all over the world,” said Benjamin T. Simons, Telfair’s executive director and CEO. “We are grateful for the tremendous support from our corporate, foundation, and individual sponsors of CAM. We know this will be a place of great exploration, excitement, and encouragement as we make art accessible to the young.”