The Culturist Union is a spot for more than savoring a cup of coffee, it is a highly anticipated quintessential cultural hub for the Savannah Community that is due to open this summer. The face behind The Culturist Union is Elbi Elm who is passionate about managing creative spaces, using self-expression as a change agent and community-building. Elbi founded The Culturist Union to equip creators with the support, awareness and confidence to improve their craft and their community. She brings over 15 years of leadership to the table, including nine years in the U.S. Air Force. She served as the diversity marketing advisor and board member for several nonprofits and publicly speaks on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Elbi won best pitch of Savannah SCORE’s 2019 BizPitch competition, was selected for the American Express “100 for 100” program and has been featured in several local and national publications.

Local Savannah President, Courtney Rawlins with Elbi Elm

When Elbi decided to establish a brick-and-mortar for TCU, she aimed to hold space for diverse locals to be able to head out at 2 p.m. on a Tuesday and collaborate with like-minds or just catch some laughs. She witnessed and experienced similar instances in larger cities throughout the U.S. and thought, “Why not make TCU that place for Savannah?” The TCU mantra “Take Up Space” is a loud invitation for those who are often ignored or overlooked to make their presence and their passions known in the world. To literally and figuratively create a space of their own to grow and thrive, while still honoring their authentic voice and style.

If you are saying to yourself at this point, “I value the concept, but what actually is The Culturist Union and how can I be involved?” The Culturist Union is where you go to create with other artists and artisans in Savannah. It’s a Black-owned multifunctional coffeehouse, community gathering spot, marketplace and business incubator that empowers creatives, entrepreneurs and professionals. It’s where you go to grab a cup of coffee, get some work done, meet up with your friends or colleagues (or meet new ones), buy products, attend public or private events, purchase or donate used books and gather the knowledge and resources to build and expand your business. It’s where you gather to get some work done, to learn something new, to just sit back and breathe and most especially, to take up space and be seen and heard.

If you want to “Take Up Space” at TCU then click here for more info and become a viable part of the entire community by tapping into the hearts and minds of like-minded folk, together, we can ignite a chain of positive change for our world.