Arts Administration Alumnae Ashley Elm (Elbi) awarded $25,000 grant
Elm enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design as a performing arts major for two years before transferring to Howard University. After changing her major to theater management, Elm got to see the Black community enrichment by attending a historically Black college and university (HBCU). "I had already fell in love with Savannah, and wanted to cultivate change here," Elm said. She left her non-profit job and moved back to Savannah to create TCU. Exclusive to people of color, The Culturist Union (TCU) is a hub for creative empowerment for Black entrepreneurs and creators that was created by Elm in 2018, and licensed in 2019. "It was birthed out of the problem here in Savannah, that creators who are people of color didn't have a place to gather, commune or come together," Elm said. "I wanted to fill that void by creating a safe space for us.