SC Humanities funds numerous projects in South Carolina through Major Grants, Mini Grants, Planning Grants, and Fast Track Literary Grants.
Grants awarded in fiscal year 2017 (November 1, 2016 – October 31, 2017) are displayed below. Grants awarded in fiscal years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 can be viewed by clicking on the links to the right. For previous records, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477.
Sponsoring Organization: SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
Project Title: “’make no Doubt we shall carry this post…’ The History and Archaeology of Fort Motte”
Project Director: Fritz Hamer
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $3,163
The SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum (SCCRRMM) will create a traveling exhibition based on the one currently installed at the museum about the 10-day siege and battle of Fort Motte in May 1781. The traveling version of “’make no Doubt we shall carry this post’ The History and Archaeology of Fort Motte” will consist of 15 exhibit panels, 8 reproduction artifacts, and lesson plans and will become available through the SC State Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Program in August/September 2017.
Sponsoring Organization: The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
Project Title: The Boxcar Children Exhibit and Related Programming
Project Director: Nancy Halverson
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $195,580
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) will create, present, and then tour a major original exhibit, The Boxcar Children, based on the famous children’s book published in 1942. The exhibit will focus on themes of literacy, family, resourcefulness, and empathy and will be on display at the museum from September 2017 – January 2018. Collateral public programs, such as pre-literacy programs, scholar-led interactive Q&A sessions, an after school book club, and other workshops/public programs based on exhibit themes, will also take place.
Sponsoring Organization: Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
Project Title: Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in WWII
Project Director: Annmarie Reiley-Kay
Awarded: $7,000; Cost-share: $20,432
The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage will present an original exhibit titled Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in WWII from April 1, 2018 – January 13, 2018. The exhibit will consist of 20 small graphic panels, a photo booth, a film of interviews with local living veterans and civilians, and a children’s “learn and play” dress-up corner. Additionally, public programs will take place throughout the exhibit’s tenure, including a grand opening with WWII reenactors and lectures by scholars like Dr. Larry Rowland, Dr. Steven Wise, and Lucy Beam Hoffman.
Sponsoring Organization: Columbia Film Society (the Nickelodeon Theatre)
Project Title: Indie Grits: Visiones
Project Director: Seth Gadsden
Awarded: $7,500; Cost-share: $289,000
The Nickelodeon Theatre will present the 11th Annual Indie Grits Film Festival, and this year’s event has an overarching theme: “Visiones,” celebrating Latino arts and culture. In addition to film screenings, events will include a keynote address by artist Alfredo Salazar-Caro as part of the “Indie Bits” new media exhibition, a public lecture and Q&A by artist-in-residence Favianna Rodriguez, a multi-venue art exhibition, a filmmaker roundtable, “Kindie Grits” educational workshops for students, and a concert, among other events. The film screenings will focus on the work of filmmakers from across the Southeastern U.S. and all of Latin America.
Sponsoring Organization: Allison Creek Presbyterian Church
Project Title: Let The Land Say Amen
Project Director: Patrice Gaines
Awarded: $6,585; Cost-share: $13,000
Allison Creek Presbyterian Church requests grant funds to support their two-day festival “Let the Land Say Amen” scheduled for May 6-7, 2017. The event will take place on the historic church’s property, which includes two historic cemeteries and public trails. On Saturday, May 6, there will be tours with costumed interpreters, strolling banjos, period games for children, a lecture and demonstration by a banjo historian, and the premiere of the short documentary “Allison Creek: From the KKK to Liberia, One Church’s Quest to Reconcile Itself.” On Sunday, May 7, there will be a joint church service and the unveiling of a historic marker from the SC Department of Archives and History at the site of the home of Reverend Elias Hill.
Sponsoring Organization: Read Up Greenville Inc.
Project Title: Read Up 2017
Project Director: Lee Yarborough
Awarded: $6,000; Cost-share: $54,700
Read Up Greenville is a new nonprofit organization that will produce the annual Read Up literary festival for young adults and middle grades. The second annual Read Up festival is planned for October 21, 2017 and will feature approximately 30 authors in panel presentations and signings.
Sponsoring Organization: College of Charleston
Project Title: The Charleston Civil Rights Film Festival
Project Director: Jon Hale
Awarded: $5,000; Cost-share: $8,000
The College of Charleston will present the “Charleston Civil Rights Film Festival” on April 19 – 21, 2017. The three-day festival will include the screening of three films, a student and filmmaker workshop, a public humanities lecture, and a film workshop led by actor Danny Glover for students at Burke High School.
Sponsoring Organization: Southern Documentary Fund
Project Title: Untitled Appalachia in the Media Documentary Film
Project Director: Sally Rubin
Awarded: $1,500; Cost-share: $41,030
The Southern Documentary Fund is acting as the Sponsoring Organization for a major documentary on the topic of “Appalachia in the Media,” currently untitled. The documentary will examine media portrayals of Appalachia and will include such themes as: media literacy and representation, accents and dialect, Appalachia as a microcosm of America, othering, Appalachia as a cultural construct, identity politics and intersectionality, and several others. The project creators are planning to create a feature-length version of the film, a one-hour version of the film for PBS broadcast, and a curriculum and discussion guide for community screenings and classroom use. They are requesting grant funds from SC Humanities to support filming in South Carolina’s Appalachian region.
Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina – Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS)
Project Title: Sankofa Saturday Academy
Project Director: Gloria Boutte
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $7,692
The University of South Carolina’s Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students will plan a Saturday Academy for 30 Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade students at Bradley Elementary in Richland School District One. The subject of the academy will be African and Africa American history and culture.
Sponsoring Organization: ETV Endowment of South Carolina
Project Title: Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water, and Culture of the Sea Islands
Project Director: Denise McGill
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $128,765
Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water, and Culture of the Sea Islands is a proposed one-hour film that will follow a group of African-American farmers on St. Helena Island who are struggling to make a living off of their land. The documentary will investigate three threats to sustainability of Gullah-owned farms and fishing operations: heirs property, real estate development, and changes in the agricultural market. The film is intended for public television and will be submitted to film festivals. The anticipated completion date is January 2018.
Sponsoring Organization: Columbia Museum of Art
Project Title: Salvador Dali’s Fantastical Fairy Tales
Project Director: Joelle Ryan-Cook
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $21,135
Columbia Museum of Art will present the exhibit Salvador Dali’s Fantastical Fairy Tales from March 11 – May 21, 2017. The exhibit will feature 37 colorful prints from The Dali Museum as well as a variety of illustrated texts from the Special Collections division of the Thomas Cooper Library. The museum will create a mobile “TAP” tour to go along with the exhibit, featuring interviews with several humanities scholar, and they will produce thematic cards that connect the art with books, music, and films available at Richland Library. Several special collateral programs are planned as well, including an Evening for Educators, an ArtBreak lecture about “Dali in La Mancha,” a printmaking workshop and several more.
Mini and Planning Grants
Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina History Center
Project Title: Stanley Nelson: Documenting African American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights
Project Director: Patricia Sullivan
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $6,022
The USC History Center will bring noted documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson to Columbia on March 29 – 31, 2017, and he will participate in two major events, including a preview screening of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Leading up to this visit, they will present a film series highlighting Nelson’s work that will take place from January – March 2017 and will include screenings of six additional Nelson films at venues around Columbia such as Allen University, Benedict College, and USC.
Sponsoring Organization: Greenville Chautauqua
Project Title: “I Can!” – a Chautauqua History Alive interactive program about the African-American North Pole explorer Matthew Henson
Project Director: Caroline McIntyre
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,100
Greenville Chautuaqua will bring a Chautauqua scholar (Keith Henley from NJ) to Greenville to present as African American North Pole explorer Matthew Henson to five schools in Greenville County: Carolina High School, Tanglewood Middle School, Legacy Charter Middle School, Legacy Charter High Schol, and Welcome Elementary. The programming will take place during Black History Month, from February 9 – 10, 2017.
Sponsoring Organization: Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Project Title: Engage, Empower, Transform
Project Director: Ellen Zisholtz
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $10,900
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College will host a series of monthly documentary screenings with scholar-led discussions that will take place in February, March, and April 2017. The films to be featured are: Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun (February 23), Rosenwald (March 16), and The Ipson Saga (April 20).
Sponsoring Organization: Pat Conroy Literary Center
Project Title: Pat Conroy Literary Center Strategic Planning Retreat
Project Director: Jonathan Haupt
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $6,000
The newly-formed Pat Conroy Literary Center will use Planning Grant funds to support a strategic planning retreat to take place the last week in February 2017. The retreat will be led by facilitator Dr. Page Putnam Miller, and the intent is to establish short-term and long-term goals, including a strategic plan, updated bylaws, and position descriptions for staff.
Sponsoring Organization: Georgetown County Library
Project Title: The Lebanese Legacy of Georgetown County, SC
Project Director: Dwight McInvaill
Awarded: $830; cost-share: $1,480
Georgetown County Library will bring two scholars from North Carolina State University’s Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies to Georgetown for a planning meeting to organize a major project about the Lebanese community located in Georgetown County. Ultimately, the Georgetown County Library plans to present a multi-faceted project including lectures, oral history creation and dissemination, a history harvest, and an exhibition.
Sponsoring Organization: Historic Charleston Foundation
Project Title: Revitalizing Historic Charleston Foundation’s Oral History Program to Preserve the Stories of a Changing City
Project Director: Katherine Pemberton
Awarded: $1,040; cost-share: $2,053
Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) plans to revitalize their oral history program. They will purchase some permanent equipment that will enable them to more easily and cost-effectively collect oral histories in the long-term, and HCF staff will receive trainings from a professional videographer and oral history professionals to learn how to use the equipment and take better oral histories. This is the first phase of their oral history revitalization project, which will eventually also include taking oral histories of owners of historic properties and making those histories available through distribution online and in public programs.
Sponsoring Organization: Charleston Promise Neighborhood
Project Title: Humanities Enrichment Through Expanded Learning Time Afterschool Programming
Project Director: Katie McCabe
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $15,210
The Charleston Promise Neighborhood helps families in a part of Charleston County to make sure they have the support they need to thrive. They are presenting their Extended Learning Time program at three high-poverty schools in the promise neighborhood. The ~500 students who participate in these after-school programs receive an enrichment block that includes interactive humanities programming from such providers as: Wona Womalan African Drumming & Dance, The Charleston Museum, Historic Charleston Foundation, Redux Contemporary Arts Center, and the Citadel Young Authors program. This programming will be available to students through the end of the academic year.
Sponsoring Organization: ETV Endowment of South Carolina
Project Title: Charlie’s Place
Project Director: Betsy Newman
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,298
ETV Endowment of South Carolina will implement the planning phase of a documentary entitled Charlie’s Place that is expected to premiere on the Carolina Stories program of SCETV in early 2018. The documentary examines the story of Charlie Fitzgerald and his Myrtle Beach nightclub, Charlie’s Place, which was a significant stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit of black nightclubs in the segregated South and which was attacked by the Ku Klux Klan in 1950.
Sponsoring Organization: Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Project Title: Food For Thought Lecture with Will Goins: Native Roots, Healing Roots
Project Director: Pat Goodwin
Awarded: $1,250; cost-share: $3,000
The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach will present a lecture on July 12, 2017 featuring scholar Will Goins speaking about “Native Roots, Healing Roots.” The lecture by Will Goins will be one of a series of nine lectures about Southern foodways that will accompany the exhibit Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South.
Sponsoring Organization: Blackville Music and Art Festival
Project Title: Blackville Music and Art Festival
Project Director: Bobby Harley
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $7,131
The Blackville Music and Art Festival will take place May 19 – 20, 2017. Two humanities scholars will present: Donald West of Trident Technical College and Damon Fordham of Charleston Southern University. Other activities include art and craft displays, musical performances, vendors, and a parade.
Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Historical Society
Project Title: Liberty Week in South Carolina
Project Director: EmmaLee Boykin
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $3,500
The South Carolina Historical Society will present their “Liberty Week in South Carolina” programming which will include lectures by Doug MacIntyre on “Devoted to the Cause of Liberty” at Aiken County Historical Museum and at Florence County Library. The collective programming is intended to educate the South Carolina public on the state’s rich Revolutionary War history.
Sponsoring Organization: Georgetown County Historical Society
Project Title: Broadening Perspectives Of Georgetown County History
Project Director: Elizabeth McKee
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $4,307
The Georgetown County Historical Society will present a series of monthly lectures on Georgetown County history that will take place from June – December 2017.
Sponsoring Organization: Presbyterian College
Project Title: Oral History of Racial Integration at Clinton and Lydia Cotton Mills
Project Director: Dave Chatham
Awarded: $1,955; cost-share: $4,141
Presbyterian College is coordinating an oral history project for the communities of Clinton and Lydia in Laurens County about racial integration of the textile mills. Ultimately, the oral histories will be made available at the Presbyterian College Archives, and edited audio narratives will be available online.
Sponsoring Organization: Taw Caw Community Outreach Center
Project Title: America’s Reconstruction: The Untold Story
Project Director: Lawrence Hammett
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,900
Taw Caw Community Outreach Center will present an exhibit and question and answer session about the Briggs vs. Elliott case in Summerton, SC. The exhibit is titled “Courage” and is from the Levine Museum in Charlotte; it will be on display for a week and open to the general public. The Q&A session will take place on July 26th and will feature the surviving children of the plaintiffs in the Briggs vs. Elliott case and will be moderated by Dr. Bernard Powers after a presentation by Dr. Patricia Sullivan. Twenty-five teacher scholars who are participating in the NEH Summer Institute for Teachers at USC-Beaufort on Reconstruction will travel to Summerton to participate in the Q&A session, which will also be open to the general public in Summerton.
Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina
Project Title: American Jewish Humor in an Era of Ethnic Sensibility and Cultural Competence
Project Director: Stanley Dubinsky
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,000
The University of South Carolina will present a conference on the subject of current perspectives on humor, with an emphasis on racial, ethnic, and gender-based humor and its place in the current social and political climate. “American Jewish Humor in an Era of Ethnic Sensibility and Cultural Competence” will take place in Columbia on April 29 – 30, 2018.
Sponsoring Organization: Heritage Library Foundation
Project Title: Historic Zion Forum
Project Director: Richard Thomas
Awarded: $1,400; cost-share: $21,895
The Historic Zion Forum will take place on October 13, 2017 in Beaufort with the goal to raise awareness of the history of the Beaufort District in the Revolutionary War and the plantation era. The Forum will be a one-day event that includes a morning panel, a luncheon, an afternoon panel, and a reception. The Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery and particularly its Baynard Mausoleum, an antebellum building dating to 1846, will be the focus of some of the discussions.
Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina State University
Project Title: South Carolina Project on Language and Culture Conference
Project Director: Sukari B. Salone
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $3,110
South Carolina State University will present the second “South Carolina Project on Language and Culture Conference” on October 6, 2017 in Orangeburg. The conference will be on the theme of “America’s Southern Cultures and Identities.”
Sponsoring Organization: Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission
Project Title: Gullah Geechee Watch Night & Emancipation Day Celebration Planning Effort
Project Director: Dr. J. Herman Blake
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $18,745
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will present a series of planning meetings to develop a plan for commemorating Watch Night (December 31) and Emancipation Day (January 1) in South Carolina. These dates used to be more regularly observed by the Gullah communities in South Carolina and beyond, although the tradition has now fallen out of practice. They propose having at least four planning meetings in locations in coastal South Carolina (Beaufort/St. Helena, Hilton Head, Georgetown, and Little River) starting in July to gather faith leaders from the Gullah and white communities, community improvement associations, and social organizations to discuss celebrations of Watch Night 2017 and Emancipation Day 2018.
Sponsoring Organization: Clemson University
Project Title: Black Clemson
Project Director: Dr. Rhondda Thomas
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,000
Clemson University will explore the development of an interactive traveling museum exhibition titled “Black Clemson,” which will examine the story of Black Americans’ journey from slavery to integration on Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation. The completed traveling exhibition will be displayed at Clemson University and the Upcountry History Museum, as well as other locations around South Carolina.
Sponsoring Organization: The Jasper Project
Project Title: Syzygy: The Solar Eclipse Plays (& Poetry)
Project Director: Cynthia Boiter
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $4,450
The Jasper Project will present a unique three-part literary program that will be about and in response to the total solar eclipse that will take place in South Carolina on Monday, August 21, 2017. Six ten-minute plays and nine poems have been commissioned that will be presented at a special program on August 17, prior to the eclipse. Additionally, a culminating panel is planned that will take place approximately one week after the eclipse to facilitate public interaction and reflection on the eclipse and the literary contributions about it.
Fast Track Literary Grants
Sponsoring Organization: Greenville Wordsmiths
Project Title: Saturday Writinc Club 2017
Project Director: Adrienne Burris
Awarded: $1,675; cost-share: $1,700
Greenville Wordsmiths will present their Saturday Writing Club in 2017, in which 18 children from the upstate meet twice-monthly with volunteer writers, artists, and educators to engage in creative writing. At the end of the 6-month program, a book of student writing will be published and launched at a public program open to the community at M. Judson Booksellers.
Sponsoring Organization: Spartanburg Community College
Project Title: Wonders of Writing (WOW) Conference
Project Director: Judy Sieg
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $3,075
Spartanburg Community College will present the Wonders of Writing (WOW) Symposium on September 20 – 22, 2017 at their two Spartanburg campuses. The symposium will feature two poets published by Hub City Writers Project, Ray McManus and Ashley M. Jones. There will be readings, discussion opportunities, and faculty/staff development opportunities that will reach both students and faculty of Spartanburg Community College as well as the general public.
Sponsoring Organization: Anderson County Library
Project Title: 3rd Annual Electric City ComiCon
Project Director: Brianna McDonell
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,000
Anderson County Library requests grant funds to support the 3rd Annual Electric City ComiCon, scheduled for Saturday, August 5, 2017. The event features presentations by authors in such genres as fantasy, science fiction, and graphic novel/comic book, as well as collateral family-friendly programming, like costume and fan art contests. The 2016 event attracted 2,200 people.
Sponsoring Organization: Hub City Writers Project
Project Title: Writing for Empathy Day Camp
Project Director: Michel Stone
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,487
Hub City Writers Project is presenting a student day camp called “Writing for Empathy” for rising 10th grade students to examine identity, civic responsibility, and empathy. The camp is free; the 24 student participants had to be nominated by teachers.
Sponsoring Organization: James Island Arts
Project Title: Poetry at McLeod
Project Director: Katherine Williams
Awarded: $2,500; cost-share: $20,800
James Island Arts will present their “Poetry at McLeod” programming, which will feature African American poets who have participated in the Cave Canem program. Four poets will each have three-day residencies on James Island, and each residency will include a presentation at a local school (and in one case, a senior center), a workshop at James Island Town Hall, and a reading and reception at McLeod Plantation Historic Site. The four selected poets are: Gary Jackson, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Len Lawson, and Marilyn Nelson, and the four three-day residencies will take place in September 2017, October 2017, April 2018, and June 2018.
Sponsoring Organization: Greenville County Library System
Project Title: 2017 Southern Author Festival
Project Director: Mary Frances Shelato
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $4,225
The Greenville County Library System will present their third annual Southern Author Festival on September 16, 2017. The focus for the 2017 festival will be Southern food culture and traditions and will feature authors Alice Randall, Ashley English and Lake High, as well as filmmaker Stan Woodward. The event is free.
Sponsoring Organization: Charleston Friends of the Library
Project Title: Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival
Project Director: Brittany Mathis
Awarded: $2,500; cost-share: $4,600
The Charleston Friends of the Library will present “Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival” on September 23, 2017. They expect to feature 50-60 local black authors. The event will take place at the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library, and ten featured authors will also make school visits.
Sponsoring Organization: EdVenture Children’s Museum, Inc.
Project Title: Read It and Eat It: Literacy Outreach
Project Director: Sara Salley
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $6,000
EdVenture will present after-school literacy programming for students in 12 Columbia-area elementary schools. The theme of the program is “Read It and Eat It,” and the lessons tie literacy with nutrition education. One “Read It and Eat It” program will be offered at each school during the 2017 – 2018 academic year.
Sponsoring Organization: Peace Center for the Performing Arts
Project Title: Palmetto Poets: Voices of SC
Project Director: Burgess Scott
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $5,350
The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville will present three South Carolina poets at “Palmetto Poets: Voices of SC” on January 18, 2018. Poets Delana Dameron, Ray McManus, and Ed Madden will share the stage with facilitator Glenis Redmond for this evening event, which will be free and open to the public and widely publicized.
For more information about the Grants Program or any of SC Humanities’ funded projects, please contact Theresa (T.J.) Wallace, the Assistant Director, at 803-771-2477.