Join us every Friday leading up to Kwanzaa for our Kwanzaa Marketplace
from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm!
Each week will feature a new vendor or artist(s) selling goods and art either from or inspired by Africa, African Art, and African Culture.
This is the perfect chance to get a unique gift from a local/regional business, artist, and maker.
Click on the logo to see the Diaspora Marketplace website.
Diaspora Marketplace is a storefront of African art from scattered nations. It began when Richard Shinhoster and his late brother, Earl T. Shinhoster, visited the continent following a lifelong interest in African history.
They saw an opportunity to enrich their artist friends while satisfying an apparent market in the Southeast for quality, moderately priced African art products. After initial success importing and selling art at festivals, they established a permanent storefront located at
510 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, Georgia 31401.
The Diaspora Marketplace will have a variety of home decor, clothing, and jewelry available for purchase on Friday, December 2 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
The Diaspora Marketplace - Savannah, Georgia
Please be aware that the marketplace will be held on the second floor of the Savannah African Art Museum Terracotta Gallery.
We apologize space is currently stair access only.
Viyanca - Savannah, Georgia
Viyanca is a traditional and digital illustrator and designer that pulls inspiration from global influences. She is a published book cover illustrator, motion media artist, and graphic designer. She uses her subject matter of people to connect art to cultural knowledge and respect.
Viyanca will have printed and original work available for purchase on Friday, December 9 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Click on the logo to see Viyanca's website.
Torreah "Cookie" Washington - Charleston, SC
Torreah “Cookie” Washington is a fourth-generation needleworker. Her mother, aunts, grandmother, and great-grandmother were all experienced dressmakers, fashion designers, and master tailors and she is proud to have learned at the knees of her mother’s family. Cookie is the first in this long line of needle workers to take up art quilting. Yet she feels her connection very deeply to her foremothers, whenever a needle and bit of cloth is in her hands.
Cookie's vibrant quilted murals pay tribute to her African-American history, her rich family tree, and her expansive spiritual practice. Her uniquely soulful works reveal the skill, discipline, patience, and expertise of a woman who has quilted the gifts of her foremothers into her artistic visions in cloth.
Cookie will have a variety of handmade pieces for purchase on Friday, December 9 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Click on the photo to see Cookie's website.
Ari's Handmade Jewelry - Savannah, Georgia
Margaret and her daughter Ariana (Ari), who is on the autism spectrum, loves fashion and jewelry. Margaret decided to incorporate jewelry design into the mix, as a way to get Ari involved in the business. They first started making fabric jewelry and moved on to beaded items. Ari does all the beading. She gets assistance with making the fabric tubes and adding the hardware. The jewelry collection consists of African Inspired, Autism Awareness, Glass, and Stone pieces.
Margaret and Ari will have a variety of handmade pieces available for purchase on Friday, December 9 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Click on the logo to see Ari's website.
William Kwamena-Poh - Savannah, Georgia
William Kwamena-Poh is a fine artist from Ghana, who works in the medium of watercolor and gouache. His subject matter focuses on the diverse cultures of Ghana and celebrates the diversity of those who have been disenfranchised and viewed negatively throughout the years. Through his art, he shares the joys, and experiences of beauty and diversity through life.
William will have original paintings and prints available for purchase on Friday, December 16 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Click on the logo to see William's website.
Savanna Naturals - Savannah, Georgia
Savanna Naturals is a small business in Savannah, Georgia specializing in all-natural and handmade products that feed your body. With Grade A and B Shea ethically sourced from Ghana, they take great pride in putting a focus on both producers and users.
Connie with Savanna Naturals will have soaps, shea body products, and beaded jewelry available for purchase on Friday, December 23 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Click on the logo to see Connie's website.
Ingrid J Boutique - Savannah, Georgia
Ingrid, an fiber artist with 30 years of experience, uses African textiles in her sewn accessories to make unique one of a kind items. Her work features, clothing, hats, scarves, bags, and other worn accessories and adornments.
Ingrid will have a variety of items available for purchase on Friday, December 23 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Click on the photo to see Ingrid's website.
Obi Nwosisi - Savannah, Georgia
Obi Nwosisi is an animator, designer, and fine artist from Lagos, Nigeria, now based in Savannah, Georgia. Obi's work draws inspiration from different sources such as textiles, paper crafts, and nature. Her works involve education and advocacy by giving a voice to underrepresented communities.
Obi will have a variety of prints and original works available for purchase on Friday, December 23 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.