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The Culturist Union

The Culturist Union (TCU) is an inclusive welcoming space where you can be seen + heard + celebrated.

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Campaign Ends on June 18, 2021

Project Description

 

The Problem

The people of Savannah do not have a centric hub that promotes diverse collaboration, interconnection, and experiences that help them thrive personally, professionally, or socially.

 

The Mission

The Culturist Union's mission is to  be the quintessential epicenter for all things community. We aim to provide an inclusive and innovative safe space that unites a union of diverse people who are eager to be their best selves, live authentically, and thrive.

The Culturist Union’s mantra “Take Up Space” is a rallying cry for the marginalized person to make their presence known in the world by creating a space of their own both figuratively and literally through professional expansion and personal growth.

 

The Solution

A local coffeehouse & marketplace

The Culturist Union is a multifunctional coffeehouse, community gathering spot, marketplace and business incubator centered around the artistic and social empowerment of Black creatives, entrepreneurs and professionals. The coffeehouse features a minimal menu of local, fair-trade coffee and tea and locally sourced pastries while serving as a cultured space for hosting events, retail goods marketplace, used bookstore and private space rental.

 

The Culturist Union is still centered around the social, professional, and economic empowerment of Black artisans and will continue to be an incubator for the community through our events, discussions, and wellness programs.

 

What We Offer 

Our Space

  • Cafe that serves a fair-trade fair-trade coffee/tea and locally sourced pastries
  • Open Lux seating for social distancing
  • Marketplace where members can sell their product to the local community
  • Membership services designed to empower you to be a boss
  • Unique and empowering workshops, programming, and events across a variety of topics all meant to uplift, support, and broaden our members’ experience.

History behind the name:

The Culturist Union

A’LELIA BUNDLES/MADAM WALKER FAMILY ARCHIVES/COURTESY THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

 

The Culturist Union is coined after the esteemed Sarah Breedlove also known as Madam C.J. Walker’s Beauty Culturist League. Madam C.J. Walker became the first woman millionaire in America by creating and selling a successful line of hair care products. In 1917, Walker hosted her first Annual Convention called ‘The Madam C. J. Walker Hair Culturists Union of America’. She advocated for these women entrepreneurs to use their influence and financial independence to affect social and political change. 

In Madam C.J. Walker’s community building spirit, The Culturist Union aspires to create a safe space where people of all merits can come together to create, cultivate, and collaborate with one another.


 

  

Our Past Events 

 

Why TCU Needs Your Contribution

The Culturist Union is a growing hub for social connection and economic empowerment in the epicenter of southern culture: Savannah, Ga. 

We have a heart for building a safe space for marginalized folx to be seen, heard, and celebrated. We are deeply committed to our community and know that when you invest in Black people’s well-being, EVERYONE benefits. 

Our coffeehouse will be a haven for culture, care, celebration, and well-being. We believe in the power of community! By tapping into the hearts and minds of like-minded folx, together, we can ignite a chain of positive change for our world. 

All funds raised through iFundwomen will be used to build out our coffeehouse space, hire employees, and create an epic-center for us all. 

Meet our founder

 

A proud alumna of Howard University and the Savannah College of Art and Design, Elbi Elm discovered her passion for managing creative spaces, using self-expression as a change agent, and community-building. Elbi founded The Culturist Union to equip creators with the necessary 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’s served as the diversity marketing advisor and board member for several nonprofits, and publicly speaks on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Completing the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute fellowship positioned her as a strong advocate for creating positive policy change for Georgia’s women and girls. 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.


 

The Campaign FAQs

 

 

 

Piper Hale
02/09/2021
Monetary Contribution
$41
Laughing Tansy
01/28/2021
TCU Social Butterfly
$25
Steffan Rost
01/27/2021
TCU Social Butterfly
$25
American Express
11/17/2020
Monetary Contribution
$25,000
Karessa Johnson
03/15/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
Karessa Johnson
03/15/2020
Monetary Contribution
$100
Jillian Stafford
03/15/2020
TCU Shirt
$50
Jacilyn L
03/15/2020
Startup Consultation
$50
Markeita
03/15/2020
Thank You
$10
Karessa Johnson
03/15/2020
Monetary Contribution
$77
25.00 USD
TCU Social Butterfly

TCU will publicly thank you by giving you a shout out on our social media story (remember to include your social media handle so that you can get the recognition you deserve as a true social butterfly.)

13 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
Thank You

As a thank you for supporting our mission, TCU will send you all the good vibes.

16 Supporters
None available
35.00 USD
TCU Mug

Sip your coffee in a TCU mug!

13 Supporters
None available
45.00 USD
TCU Shirt

Represent TCU in your dope new tee.

12 Supporters
None available
50.00 USD
Startup Consultation

Are you starting a new business and not sure where to start? Look no further!

You get a 45-minute consultation with our founder, Elbi, a visionary with global relations experience and years of start-up knowledge on how to turn your passion into a business.

8 Supporters
None available
75.00 USD
TCU Evangelist

Sip your coffee with your TCU mug while rocking your TCU shirt.

8 Supporters
None available
100.00 USD
TCU King/Queen

Get featured in our thank you listing as well as a link on our website.

12 Supporters
None available
250.00 USD
TCU Angel

As a TCU Angel you will receive all rewards:

  • social media shout out
  • TCU mug
  • TCU shirt
  • 45-minute startup consultation with our founder, Elbi
  • thank you listing and link on our website
2 Supporters
None available

Rewards

25.00 USD
TCU Social Butterfly

TCU will publicly thank you by giving you a shout out on our social media story (remember to include your social media handle so that you can get the recognition you deserve as a true social butterfly.)

13 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
Thank You

As a thank you for supporting our mission, TCU will send you all the good vibes.

16 Supporters
None available
35.00 USD
TCU Mug

Sip your coffee in a TCU mug!

13 Supporters
None available
45.00 USD
TCU Shirt

Represent TCU in your dope new tee.

12 Supporters
None available
50.00 USD
Startup Consultation

Are you starting a new business and not sure where to start? Look no further!

You get a 45-minute consultation with our founder, Elbi, a visionary with global relations experience and years of start-up knowledge on how to turn your passion into a business.

8 Supporters
None available
75.00 USD
TCU Evangelist

Sip your coffee with your TCU mug while rocking your TCU shirt.

8 Supporters
None available
100.00 USD
TCU King/Queen

Get featured in our thank you listing as well as a link on our website.

12 Supporters
None available
250.00 USD
TCU Angel

As a TCU Angel you will receive all rewards:

  • social media shout out
  • TCU mug
  • TCU shirt
  • 45-minute startup consultation with our founder, Elbi
  • thank you listing and link on our website
2 Supporters
None available