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SC Humanities Announces New Themed Request for Proposals on “Hometown Humanities”

In an effort to encourage partnerships and cultural exploration at the local level, SC Humanities has launched a new statewide Request for Proposals (RFP) titled “Hometown Humanities.” SC Humanities seeks proposals from interested nonprofit organizations or institutions designed to highlight an interesting aspect of a community’s local history or culture. Applicants for this grant opportunity are required to partner with at least one, and preferably more, cultural or educational organizations in their community. SC Humanities has periodically issued themed Requests for Proposals over the years, including “Religion in South Carolina,” “This is Not Your Grandparents’ South Carolina: The Changing Face
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2017 Liberty Week in South Carolina

The South Carolina Historical Society will highlight South Carolina’s role in the American Revolution through several special events during 2017 Liberty Week in South Carolina: June 28 – July 4, 2017. Scholar Doug MacIntyre will speak in Aiken and Florence, and several other special events will take place. South Carolina Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant in May 2017. South Carolina has long commemorated “Carolina Day” and the Battle of Sullivan’s Island, which took place days before the Declaration of Independence was signed. The South Carolina Historical Society will enhance several existing events as well as presenting two public lecture programs
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Saturday Writing Club Book Launch

The 2017 Saturday Writing Club in Greenville, SC will have their book launch on Sunday, June 11 at 3:00 p.m. It will be the culmination of a six-month writing class that started in January 2017. SC Humanities supported the Saturday Writing Club with a Fast Track Literary Grant in November 2016. Saturday Writing Club is a free writing program for youth ages 9 – 14  that allows a diverse group of pre-selected students to work one-on-one with volunteers, educators, and artists twice-monthly to play with words and to publish a professional-quality collection of their own stories and poetry. The Saturday Writing Club program
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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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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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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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