Telfair Museums’ PULSE Festival includes virtual kids workshops, free family weekend, Savannah

PULSE Technology Festival Telfair Museums Savannah Jepson

Telfair Museums’ PULSE festival returns in hybrid form for pandemic times Jan. 27-31 2021 with exhibitions at the Jepson Center in Savannah, virtual lectures by featured artists, a curator’s tour, workshop, and a free admission weekend.

Find the PULSE festival 2021 schedule and registration links here. 

Kid-friendly PULSE events include:

Jan. 28 2021

11AM | PULSE Virtual Artists Tech Talks for Students with David Gumbs
David Gumbs will present an informal talk for students focusing on his journey and development as an artist. Open to students grades 4 through college by registration.

6PM | PULSE Virtual STEM Chat with Diana Eng and Natalie Zee Drieu
Get inspired and ready to jump start STEM at home with a presentation by two amazing designers, parents and hosts of the web video series STEM Chat. Natalie Zee Drieu is former editor in chief of CRAFT magazine, blogger at and Adafruit Industries, with an extensive background in design and technology. Diana Eng is founding member of maker group NYC Resistor, a fashion designer who rose to national attention on Season 2 of Project Runway, author of Fashion Geek and a previous lecturer at PULSE. Join these two creative moms for great tips on exploring STEM content with young people at home!

Jan. 29 – 31 2021 FREE FAMILY WEEKEND 

10AM-5PM | PULSE Free Family Weekend at the Jepson Center
Enjoy a three-day weekend of free admission to the Jepson Center to explore all of the new interactive art for PULSE and other current exhibitions. Hands-on art making kits will be available for families to pick up in the Jepson Center atrium.

Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center will be open free to everyone, locals and tourists alike, the weekend of Jan. 29-31.

In partnership with the City of Savannah, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Friday through Sunday, the museum will offer free admission to its large contemporary art space on the southwest corner of Telfair Square. Face masks are required, and occupancy limits will be enforced for social distancing. For more on Telfair’s safety procedures, visit

Visitors to the Free Family Weekend are invited to tour current exhibitions and explore art activities created by Telfair’s education team, including a limited number of free take-home art kits for children.

Exhibitions currently on view include Collecting Impressionism: Telfair’s Modern Vision, which closes after Sunday; Youthful Adventures: Growing Up in Photography; Complex Uncertainties: Artists in Postwar America; and other highlights from the museum’s permanent collection.

Also on view at the Jepson will be Telfair’s annual PULSE Art + Technology Festival, which kicks off Wed. Jan. 27 2021.

Caribbean artist David Gumbs is this year’s lead artist, with PULSE his debut solo show in the United States. His interactive pieces translate features of the Caribbean environment, impacts of global warming, and the legacy of colonialism into colorful digital landscapes that transform and respond to visitors’ movements.

Other PULSE highlights include works by Savannah-based artists Guanzhi Kou and Greg Finger, a virtual discussion about producing STEM projects at home with kids by prominent makers Diana Eng and Natalie Zee Drieu, and a series of virtual student workshops.

At 6 PM Wed. Jan. 27, Telfair will celebrate the PULSE kickoff with a free virtual lecture by Gumbs, live from Martinique and presented on Zoom. Gumbs also will present a virtual tech talk for students on Zoom at 11 AM Thurs. Jan. 28 2021.

Jan. 29 2021

2PM | PULSE Virtual Curator’s Tour
Join PULSE curator Harry DeLorme for a live virtual walk through of current PULSE projects at the Jepson Center.

Jan. 30 2021

9:30AM | PULSE Youth Workshop: Make a Solar Oven!
(Grades 4-8) Presented by the Society of Women Engineers- Savannah Coastal Empire Chapter
Turn a pizza box into a solar oven to heat a slice or make a snack. Parental supervision is required. Limit 20 participants. A supply list will be sent in advance to all participants. Most are simple supplies you can find at home. Register online here. 

9:30AM | PULSE Virtual STEM Youth Workshop: Making Ice Cream with Science!
(Grades 3-12) Presented by Society of Women Engineers – Savannah Coastal Empire Chapter
Learn how to use science to make ice cream in 10 minutes. Limit 20 participants. A supply list of simple supplies that can be found at home will be sent in advance. Register online here. 


Find the PULSE festival 2021 schedule and registration links here. 


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