Friday, December 13, 2019, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools hosted the
Third Annual Superintendent’s Gala for the Arts. The black-tie event held
at the Yamacraw Center for Performing Arts, featured performances and art
exhibits by students and staff from schools throughout the district – including
a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors by the Esther F. Garrison
School for the Arts & Garrison Voices.
addition to the performances, SCCPSS Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett, honored
community leaders who have supported arts programs in the district over the
years. The honorees were:
SCHAEFER GALA FOR THE ARTS HONOREE:
ARTS: HEART IN THE ARTS AWARD
her years of dedication to Arts education in Savannah-Chatham County Public
Schools, Catriona Schaefer is being honored with the Heart in the Arts award.
She worked in Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools for more than 20 years,
beginning as a teacher, transitioning to the role of Professional Learning
Coach and then to Program Manager for Visual Arts in the District. Mrs.
Schaefer retired earlier this year, but her legacy of service to the district
makes her a deserving recipient of this recognition.
TISBERT GALA FOR THE ARTS HONOREE: PERFORMING ARTS
Tisbert is a long-time employee of Savannah-Chatham County Public
Schools. He is the current Choir Director and Music Department Chairman
at Garrison School for the Arts. He previously worked for seven years at
Shuman Middle School where he taught Choral Music and Computer Assisted
Composition. Each year, he provides invaluable assistance in planning the
music performances at the Superintendent’s Gala for the Arts.
LIEBERMAN – LOOP IT UP GALA FOR THE ARTS HONOREE: CULTURAL ARTS
Molly Lieberman is the Founder and Executive Director of Loop It Up
Savannah. She grew up in Northampton Massachusetts and moved to Savannah in
2006. She started Loop it Up in 2008 as a young children’s knitting and
crochet class with the help of the Craft Yarn Council of America. The program
quickly grew to include a broad spectrum of art forms in weekly classes for
children and adults throughout Savannah’s urban neighborhoods. Ms.
Lieberman has spent the last 10 years sharing her love of art with the children
DAVE WISH – CEO of LITTLE KIDS ROCK
GALA FOR THE ARTS HONOREE: INSPIRATION AWARD
Little Kids Rock transforms
lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools.
The organization’s network of thousands of K-12 participants across 45 states, which includes more
than 500,000 kids and 3,000 teachers lead a national movement
that brings innovative and inclusive music education to students including in
Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. Using rock, pop, Latin, and rap, Little
Kids Rock programs empower teachers to build music programs as diverse as
the kids they serve. Little Kids Rock also donates necessary
instruments, and curriculum, meeting a key need of many school music programs.
the presentations, the evening continued with a seated dinner at Savannah
Station for most of the guests, where music from local celebrity performers continued
to entertain guests throughout the night. We thank those from the community who
have contributed as sponsors for this event. Funds raised from this
ticketed event totaled nearly $100,000, and will be used to support arts
programs at schools throughout the district.
see more photos from the evening click here.