2009 Awarded Grants

The following grants were awarded by SC Humanities in fiscal year 2009 (November 1, 2008 – October 31, 2009).

2009 Major Grants:

Sponsoring Organization: The Arts Center, Pickens County
Project Title: Enslaved Persons’ Contributions to Backcountry South Carolina Indigo
Project Director: Andrea Feeser
Award: $4,863; cost-share: $5,150
The Arts Center of Pickens County will sponsor an interdisciplinary project exploring the indigo plant, its role in the development of the upstate region, and how African-American slaves contributed to indigo culture. The project will include the creation of a working indigo vat and nineteenth-century slave dress to be displayed as exhibit pieces at Woodburn Plantation, three free lectures, and two workshops with hands-on activities on indigo dyeing.

Sponsoring Organization: The Citadel School of the Humanities
Project Title: WWII Oral History Project
Project Director: Kerry Taylor
Award: $5,000; cost-share: $40,571
The Citadel Oral History Program will transcribe 25 oral history interviews with alumni-veterans of World War II and make them accessible to a diverse audience through two public programs and an interactive Web site.

Sponsoring Organization: Columbia Museum of Art
Project Title: Humanities American Lecture Series
Project Director: Leslie Pierce
Award: $8,000; cost-share: $23,792
The Columbia Museum of Art plans a year-long humanities lecture series on American art and art history to coincide with the Museum’s “Year of American Art,” during which all traveling and permanent exhibits will highlight American art. The lecture series will go from July 2009 – May 2010 and will involve a variety of topics and lecturers.

Sponsoring Organization: Southern Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Project Title: South Carolina Rosenwald Schools Traveling Exhibition
Award: $8,000; cost-share: $19,000
The Southern Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation requests funds to create a traveling exhibit about the history and legacy of Rosenwald Schools in South Carolina.

Sponsoring Organization: Gibbes Museum of Art
Project Title: Alfred Hutty: A Reassessment
Project Director: Sara Arnold
Award: $2,000; cost-share: $10,229
Gibbes Museum of Art is in the second phase of project planning for a major traveling exhibition on Alfred Hutty, considered to be one of the leading artists of the Charleston Renaissance. The exhibit, titled Alfred Hutty: A Reassessment, is planned to debut at the Gibbes Museum in January 2012.

Sponsoring Organization: Palmetto Conservation Foundation
Project Title: Battle of Camden Podcast
Project Director: Nancy Stone-Collum
Award: $7,400; cost-share: $8,729
Palmetto Conservation Foundation will create a podcast tour for the Battle of Camden site which will allow both visitors to the park and anyone with internet access to download and hear the historical story of the Battle of Camden.

Sponsoring Organization: Aiken Partnership at USC Aiken
Project Title: The Documentary Edgewood: Stage of Southern History
Project Director: Deidre Martin
Award: $8,000; cost-share: $55,892
Edgewood: Stage of Southern History will be a two-part documentary film about the historic Pickens-Salley House, formerly known as Edgewood, and the two famous women who lived there. The documentary will premier at the 2010 Pickens-Salley Symposium on Southern Women at USC Aiken.

Sponsoring Organization: Lee County Historical Society
Project Title: Rotating Exhibits of Historical Photographs and Penny Post Cards
Project Director: Bobbi Adams
Awarded: $7,000; cost-share: $9,100

Lee County Historical Society will preserve a large number of historical documents, maps, photographs, and penny post cards that will be used to create a variety of interchangeable exhibits that will be displayed at the James House in Bishopville.

Sponsoring Organization: Carolina Lowcountry & Atlantic World Program, College of Charleston
Project Title: Conference and Teacher’s Workshop on ‘Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Post-Emancipation South’
Project Director:  Simon K. Lewis
Awarded: $4,000; cost-share: $5,903
The Carolina Lowcountry & Atlantic World Program at the College of Charleston will host an international conference involving a number of partnering organizations, including National History Day, the National Park Service and several South Carolina universities. The conference will investigate “Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Post-Emancipation South” and will take place March 11 – 13, 2010.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Historical Society
Project Title: “Voices of Secession:” An Exhibit of South Carolina in 1960
Project Director: Gloria Perla
Awarded: $2,500; cost-share: $7,624

The South Carolina Historical Society will sponsor a multimedia exhibit project about secession in preparation for the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War in December 2010. The project will include both a traditional exhibit installed at the SC Historical Society building in Charleston and a PowerPoint presentation with voiceovers that will made available to 8th grade history teachers statewide.

Sponsoring Organization: Morgan Allen Platt Foundation
Project Title: 2nd Annual American Indian Expo
Project Director: Laurine T. Charles
Awarded: $6,000; cost-share: $22,257

The 2nd Annual American Indian Expo is a major historical and cultural event in Charleston for both students and the general public. The Expo will take place November 5th-7th, 2009 at Charles Towne Landing, with November 5th and 6th reserved for the approximately 2,500 K-12 students expected and November 7th open to the general public.

Sponsoring Organization: Rutherford County (NC) Arts Council
Project Title: “Col. Gene Wyatt, the Story of a Music Maker” Documentary
Project Director: Matthew McEnnerney
Awarded: $5,000; cost-share: $9,275

The Rutherford County Arts Council in North Carolina will create a documentary that will feature the recently deceased South Carolina musician, Colonel Gene Wyatt. A Spartanburg native, Colonel Gene Wyatt is noted for having developed a unique music theory and for incorporating traditional folk music with classical composition.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina (USC Upstate)
Project Title: Talkin’ ‘Bout South Carolina: Encouraging Language Diversity, Tolerance, and Inclusivity
Project Director: David Marlow
Awarded: $8,000; cost-share: $8,670

University of South Carolina Upstate plans a two-part linguistics project that will include both a curriculum component that will introduce lesson plans about linguistic diversity into social studies and language arts classrooms and a public component of four community discussion forums in Spartanburg, Lancaster/Rock Hill, Beaufort, and Columbia.

Sponsoring Organizaiton: Beaufort Three Century Project at the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Project Title: Beaufort Three Century Project 2010 Event Series
Project Director: Deborah S. Johnson
Awarded: $8,000; cost-share: $31,062

The Beaufort Three-Century Project will be a diverse series of events celebrating the 300th anniversary of the City of Beaufort. Events will take place throughout 2010 and include a historic lecture series, a historic tree event, a play, several oral history harvests, and book publication events.

Sponsoring Organization: Historic Columbia Foundation
Project Title: People, Places, and Progress: Connecting Communities Through History
Project Director: Robin Waites
Awarded: $7,500; cost-share: $140,036

Historic Columbia Foundation will spearhead a multi-faceted initiative to record and promote the histories of six historic Columbia neighborhoods: Arsenal Hill, Old Shandon, Lower Waverly, Cottontown, Heathwood, and Hollywood/Rose Hill. Research about the neighborhoods will result in small exhibits placed in each historic neighborhood, self-guided tour brochures and web-based materials about each neighborhood, and a series of public programs.

Sponsoring Organization: Anderson University
Project Title:Dr. Annie Dove Denmark, President of Anderson University, 1928-1953
Project Director: Deborah McEniry
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $22,197

Anderson University will create a historical play about Dr. Annie Dove Denmark, President of Anderson University from 1928-1953, and the first female president of any South Carolina college. The play will be part of the celebration of Anderson University’s centennial in 2010-2011 and will be staged multiple times both in Anderson and around the state.

Sponsoring Organization: The University of South Carolina
Project Title: The University of South Carolina and African American Research in the 21st Century
Project Director: Daniel C. Littlefield
Awarded: $6,000; cost-share: $15,432

The University of South Carolina will sponsor a major academic conference on the contemporary African American experience to take place March 24-26, 2010. The conference will help to announce the recent establishment of the “Institute for African American Research” at USC and will look at three main issues: education, public health, and immigration.

Sponsoring Organization: ETV Endowment of South Carolina
Project Title: Carolina Stories: Jail, No Bail
Project Director: Tim Coghill
Awarded: $8,000; cost-share: $46,381

SCETV Rock Hill plans a 30-minute documentary about the Civil Rights event in Rock Hill involving the “Friendship Nine,” who staged a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter and later did not post bail as part of their non-violent protest. The documentary will be accompanied by educational materials on ETV’s Web site, knowitall.org, and a printed “road map” of South Carolina civil rights history to be distributed to teachers.

Sponsoring Organization: HubCulture, Inc.
Project Title: The Spartanburg Music Trail
Project Director: Betsy Teter
Awarded: $5,000; cost-share: $30,352

HubCulture will spearhead the creation of public and interactive components of the Spartanburg Music Trail, a permanent heritage project in downtown Spartanburg that will highlight major musical figures from the Upstate. 12 six-foot signs highlighting 12 musical artists will be created and installed in a six-block area of downtown Spartanburg, and a parallel audio tour and interactive Web site will also be implemented.

Sponsoring Organization: EdVenture, Inc.
Project Title: The Monkey King: A Journey to China
Project Director: Susan Bonk
Awarded: $5,000; cost-share: $8,720

EdVenture will sponsor a series of four public “festivals” to accompany the five-month tenure of the cultural exhibit The Monkey King: A Journey to China, which will be on display from January – May 2010. The festivals will take place monthly between February and May and will highlight some of the historical and cultural aspects of China: the Chinese New Year, Chinese sports, Chinese art, and Chinese literature and language.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina (USC Lancaster)
Project Title: The USC Lancaster South Carolina Native American Oral History Project: The Catawba
Project Director:  Stephen Criswell
Awarded: $6,500; cost-share: $10,500

USC Lancaster requests funds for an oral history collection and digitalization project to gather and preserve the stories and culture of the Catawba Indian tribe in the Lancaster area. Existing fragile oral histories will be digitized, and new oral histories will be collected. The oral histories will inform a series of public programs and minor exhibits that will take place in April 2010 during USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Week.

2009 Mini and Planning Grants:

Sponsoring Organization: The Archaeological Society of South Carolina
Project Title: The First 40 Years of South Carolina Antiquities: Distribution
Project Director: Carl Steen
Award: $350; cost-share: $350
The Archaeological Society of South Carolina has created a DVD compilation of all 40 issues of the annual journal South Carolina Antiquities (1968-2008) and will provide 100 free copies of this resource to libraries and museums in every county across the state.

Sponsoring Organization: Columbia Museum of Art
Project Title: Art of Music
Project Director: Leslie Pierce
Award: $1,500; cost-share: $13,326
The Columbia Museum of Art hosts the “Art of Music” series in 2008 – 2009, formerly the Baker and Baker Concert Series, which offers scholarly interpretation of music and art in the museum’s collections or exhibits by a scholar-in-residence, Dr. Peter A. Hoyt.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina
Project Title: The Archaeology of the Recent African American Past
Project Director: Dr. Jodi A. Barnes
Award: $700; cost-share: $1,500
The University of South Carolina sponsored a major national academic conference titled “Archaeology of the Recent African American Past” that took place February 27-28, 2009. The conference investigated the post-emancipation experiences of the African American population.

Sponsoring Organization: McKissick Museum
Project Title: The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls Exhibit
Project Director: Jason Shaiman
Award: $1,500; cost-share: $7,076
McKissik Museum will display the traveling exhibit The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls from February 7 – July 25, 2009.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation
Project Title: South Carolina African American Heritage Commission Annual Meeting
Project Director: Jannie Harriot
Award: $300; cost-share: $9,700
The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission had its annual meeting on January 22-23, 2009 and featured the theme, “Preserving our Places in History: The Barbados Link.” The meeting offered a panel discussion on this topic.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
Project Title: Abandonment and Rediscovery: Paintings and Photographs of the Vanishing Structures of Central South Carolina
Project Director: Janet Kozachek
Award: $250; cost-share: $500
The exhibit Abandonment and Rediscovery: Paintings and Photographs of the Vanishing Structures of Central South Carolina was on display at the River Rails and Crossroads Discovery Center in Blackville, SC from February 21 – March 28, 2009.

Sponsoring Organization: International Friendship Ministries
Project Title: 2009 Global Education Day
Project Director: Raj Aluri
Award: $500; cost-share: $37,500
International Friendship Ministries sponsored the 13th Annual Global Education Day as part of the annual Columbia International Festival on April 3, 2009. More than 1,000 students participated.

Sponsoring Organization: Nickelodeon Theatre
Project Title: Indie Grits Film Festival
Project Director: Andy Smith
Award: $1,500; cost-share: $25,000
The Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia sponsored the 3rd Anual Indie Grits Film Festival on April 15-19, 2009, featuring independent films from the Southeast.

Sponsoring Organization: Sumter County Museum
Project Title: Celtic Lecture Series, Sumter Scottish Country Fair and Celtic Festival
Project Director: Katherine H. Richardson
Award: $1,250; cost-share: $1,560
Sumter County Museum sponsored the 9th Annual Sumter Scottish Country Fair and Celtic Festival on March 21, 2009. The Fair included a “Celtic Lecture Series” featuring humanities scholars speaking about Scottish history and culture.

Sponsoring Organization: Carolina Lowcountry & Atlantic World Program, College of Charleston
Project Title: Was Abraham Lincoln a Southerner?
Project Director: Lisa B. Randle
Award: $500; cost-share: $1,500
The Carolian Lowcountry & Atlantic World Program at the College of Charleston offered a teacher workshop on March 21, 2009 on the topic of Abraham Lincoln.

Sponsoring Organization: Island Heritage Foundation
Project Title: Shifting Sands on Common Ground: Through the Eyes of Literature, an Eyewitness to History
Project Director: Eleanor Kinlaw-Ross
Award: $1,000; cost-share: $3,673

The Island Heritage Foundation sponsored a panel discussion and presentation on the history and culture of James Island, SC on June 12, 2009. Four local authors of books about James Island (Doug Bostick, Eugene Frazier, Carolyn Bonstelle, and Geordie Buxton) spoke in a moderated panel discussion followed by a question and answer session.

Sponsoring Organization: Arts Council of York County
Project Title: What Things We Lost Documentary
Project Director: Bryan Wright
Award: $1,000; cost-share: $13,988
The documentary What Things We Lost will investigate the history and economic health of Lancaster, SC with particular focus on the textile industry and the closing of Springs Mill. The film will be screened at several locations in York and Lancaster counties.

Sponsoring Organization: Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina
Project Title: Beethoven: His Women & His Music
Project Director: Chris Weatherhead
Award: $1,250; cost-share: $6,170
Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina produced two historical performances about Beethoven that took place as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston on May 30-31, 2009.

Sponsoring Organization: The Kemet School
Project Title: The Humanities at the Sankofa Festival
Project Director: Bhakti Larry Hough
Award: $850; cost-share: $1,114
The Kemet School in Florence, SC sponsored the annual Sankofa Festival, a celebration of African-American and African heritage, on June 27, 2009. The festival included two scholarly humanities presentations by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah-Geechee Nation, and Dr. Burnette Gallman.

Sponsoring Organization: The Friends of Hunting Island State Park, Inc.
Project Title: Planning Interactive Production and Discussion of a Full-Length Play, The People of the Light

Project Director: Thomas Valentino
Award: $1,300; cost-share: $4,500
The Friends of Hunting Island State Park, Inc. will use planning grant funds towards the creation of an original, full-lentgh play about the history of Hunting Island that will be performed at the 150th anniversary celebration of the original lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park on October 17, 2009.

Sponsoring Organization: Coastal Carolina University
Project Title: The Lakes of Litchfield Oral History Project
Project Director: Jennifer W. Taylor
Award: $500; cost-share:  $10,999
Coastal Carolina University will conduct an oral history project with the residents fo the Lakes of Litchfield retirement community in Litchfield, SC.

Sponsoring Organization: The Museum in Greenwood
Project Title: Exhibit: Pirates and the Hunt for Treasure
Project Director: Matthew J. Edwards
Award: $1,500; cost-share: $8,559
The Museum in Greenwood will present the exhibit Pirates and the Hunt for Treasure from July 10, 2009 – September 29, 2009.

Sponsoring Organization: McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina
Project Title: Southern Satire: The Illustrated World of Jak Smyrl Exhibit
Project Director: Jason Shaiman
Award: $1,500; cost-share: $6,888
McKissick Museum will display an original exhibit about the life and career of Jak Smyrl, South Carolina newspaper artist and illustrator. The exhibit will be on display from August 8, 2009 – January 23, 2010.

Sponsoring Organization: McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina
Project Title: Urban Archaeology in Columbia, SC exhibition and public programs
Project Director: Lana Burgess
Award: $1,080; cost-share: $1,500
The McKissick Museum in partnership with Historic Columbia Foundation will produce a series of public programs about urban archaeology, including an exhibit, a student archaeology day, and a series of five public lectures in the fall of 2009.

Sponsoring Organization: Belton Area Museum Association
Project Title: Heritage Days at the Depot
Project Director: Alison Darby
Award: $1,500; cost-share: $10,600
Belton Area Museum Association hosts their 5th Annual “Heritage Days at the Depot,” a festival featuring folk artisans and historical interpreters. The event will take place October 1 – 3, 2009.

Sponsoring Organization: Claflin University
Project Title: Developing a Viable Plan for a Documentary on the non-Christian Religions in South Carolina
Project Director: Zia Hasan
Award: $1,486; cost-share: $1,500

Claflin University requests planning grant funds for the development of a documentary on the non-Christian religions in South Carolina.

The planning period will include research at several regional archives, input from the humanities scholars, visits to filming locations and preliminary interviews.

Sponsoring Organization: Richland Two Education Foundation
Project Title: Fall Literature and Arts Festival
Project Director: Elaine Delk
Award: $1,250; cost-share: $58,500
Richland Two Education Foundation will sponsor a mini book and culture festival on October 17, 2009 to benefit students and adults. The “Fall Literature and Arts Festival” will feature several prominent authors, artwork, storytelling, and other cultural programs.

Sponsoring Organization: Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Project Title: Apron Memories with EllynAnne Geisel
Project Director: Patricia Goodwin
Award: $1,250; cost-share: $13,520
Apron Memories is a traveling exhibit about the textile art and historical significance of the apron that will appear at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach from January 10 – March 19, 2010. The exhibit curator will come to Myrtle Beach to present two public programs: a gallery talk and a workshop.