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Blackville Music and Art Festival

The 6th annual Blackville Music and Art Festival will take place on May 19 -20 in downtown Blackville in Barnwell County and will include a parade, live performances, arts and craft gallery, and several public lectures by scholars. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant in April 2017. The goal of the Blackville Music and Arts Festival is to introduce the people of Blackville and surrounding areas to different art forms, culture, and history. In 2017, there will be humanities content for the first time, including an interactive presentation by scholar and historical re-enactor Donald West in character
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Atlantic Beach, the Black Pearl

The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation (SCAAHF) will present the project “Black Pearl Homecoming Reunion” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Town of Atlantic Beach, SC. South Carolina Humanities supported this project with a Major Grant in September 2016. The SCAAHF, in partnership with the Town of Atlantic Beach, will offer a project to promote knowledge, understanding and a deeper appreciation of the significant social, economic and cultural contributions of the Town of Atlantic Beach, SC by presenting three interactive public lecture/demonstrations that highlight the history and cultural legacy of the “Black Pearl”, aka Atlantic Beach.  The project will provide
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Let the Land Say Amen

Allison Creek Presbyterian Church in York will present a festival on May 6 – 7, 2017 that will honor the life of Elias Hill and the history of the Clay Hill community. The event will take place on the historic church’s property, which includes two historic cemeteries and public trails. South Carolina Humanities supported this event with a Major Grant in February 2017. Elias Hill was a formerly enslaved man who led the migration of freed slaves from York County to Liberia after facing acts of terrorism by the Ku Klux Klan during the Reconstruction Era. Allison Creek Church was
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Homegrown Heroes

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage will present a World War II exhibit, Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in World War II, scheduled to launch Saturday, April 1, 2017. SC Humanities supported this project with a Major Grant in February 2017. The Morris Center will be hosting a grand exhibit opening on April 1 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. This event will be free and open to the public and feature a performance by the one and only Parris Island Marine band. The Center will also offer children’s games as well as a face painting station, a bouncy castle, WWII reenactors and more.
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The Way We Worked is Open in Blythewood!

With busy hands and minds, American workers perform a diverse array of jobs to power our society. Work is part of nearly every American’s life, whether for professional satisfaction and personal growth or to ensure the well-being of their families. In offices, factories, on the road, and at home, millions keep the nation going through contributions to industry and American culture. Six South Carolina communities, in cooperation with SC Humanities, will celebrate this important history as they host The Way We Worked, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. The Way We Worked will be on view in
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Indie Grits: Visiones

The Columbia Film Society will present Indie Grits 2017: Visiones, which will celebrate Latino arts and culture, explore Latino influence on Southern culture, and empower Latino artists to define their evolving identity through film and art. The festival will take place on April 20 – 23 at venues around Columbia. SC Humanities supported this event with a Major Grant in February 2017. Indie Grits is a staple of Columbia’s cultural life, giving novice to advanced media makers a venue for sharing their interest in independent media making. The concept for Indie Grits: Visiones grew out of conversations among Columbia Film Society
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Charleston Civil Rights Film Festival

The College of Charleston will present the 2017 Charleston Civil Rights Film Festival, a landmark event exploring the power of film to shape and inspire social change. The three-day festival runs from April 20 to 22, 2017. SC Humanities supported this project with a Major Grant in February 2017. The event will include a special screening of Freedom Song, a film about the 1960s voting rights movement in Mississippi. Danny Glover will appear in person to present the film. There will also be a showing of Two Trains Runnin’, a documentary about the search for two forgotten blues singers during Freedom
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Free Grants Writing Workshop in Allendale

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC South Carolina Humanities, in partnership with USC Salkehatchie, the South Carolina State Library, and the South Carolina Arts Commission, is hosting a FREE grants writing workshop and invites staff and volunteers of South Carolina cultural organizations and nonprofit agencies to attend. Admission to the workshop is free, but pre-registration is REQUIRED. This workshop is especially targeted to the six-county Promise Zone region (Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper). The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at the Conference Room in the Education Building of USC Salkehatchie’s West Campus
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Gittin Ready fa da Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion

The Gullah/Geechee Angel Network and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition will present “Gittin Ready fa da Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion,” an interactive family collections digitization and protection workshop on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The event is free, but registration is limited and must be done in advance. SC Humanities supported this workshop with a Major Grant in September 2016. “Gittin Ready fa da Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion” is intended to provide residents of the Lowcountry with a deeper appreciation for their history, story, and culture. The event will focus on Gullah/Geechee history and culture as a living culture, and attendees are invited to bring
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SC Humanities Awards More Than $50,000 in Major Grants

The South Carolina Humanities Board of Directors awarded more than $50,000 in Major Grants to 11 cultural organizations after a February 24, 2017 Board Meeting in Columbia. The awards were selected through a competitive application and review process and are made possible by SC Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Matching community support for the 11 awarded projects totaled: $782,470. A list of awarded grants is provided below: 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:
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