inspiring. engaging. enriching.

The humanities are how we understand ourselves and our world and how we communicate that understanding to others. South Carolina Humanities funds, promotes, counsels, and coordinates all manner of thoughtful (and thought-provoking) endeavors—exhibits, documentaries, discussion forums, research, planning, workshops, dramatizations, lectures, and on and on—that pertain to the humanities.

In Fall 2022, South Carolina Humanities celebrates fifty years as the humanities council representing the Palmetto State. 

Here’s how we plan to celebrate this golden milestone:

› A new traveling exhibition, Resilience and Revolution: Native Peoples in 18th Century South Carolina ‹

› The publishing of Golden: The First 50 Years of South Carolina Humanities

› An evening of celebration on March 11, 2023 that is not to be missed ‹

How can you get involved?

We are a small organization, but we accomplish big things with our partners throughout South Carolina.

We help to build communities and move South Carolina forward as a state. SC Humanities reaches many rural areas, increasing the cultural capacity of local institutions and providing local economic impact.

Won’t you join us in this endeavor?

Apply for a Grant

There are several categories of grants available to nonprofits, including major grants, mini & planning grants, and fast-track literary grants.

Request a Speaker

Request one of South Carolina’s finest scholars to share their knowledge and to spark discussions about human values, traditions, and cultures.

Start a Conversation

The "Let's Talk About It" book discussion series has long been the backbone of library programming offered by SC Humanities with assistance from the SC State Library.

Donate Today

Your support matters. Commit to a monthly gift or support a program that you are passionate about.

Attend an Event

Attend an exhibition or lecture, sign-up for a workshop, and more.

Celebrate the Humanities

The annual Governor's Awards in the Humanities Luncheon celebrates excellence in the humanities.

Featured News

SC Humanities is Hiring!

SC Humanities is currently searching for a Communications Coordinator. Communications Coordinator Position Description To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and two references to with

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Voices and Votes is in Cowpens

The traveling Smithsonian exhibit Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is on display at its last stop in South Carolina, the Cowpens Branch Library, from December 17, 2022

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News Stories

Commemoration on the Land

South East Rural Community Outreach will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the purchase of the Harriet Barber House property in Hopkins, SC with two public events

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Raising the Volume

The Charleston Gaillard Center has released Season Three of “Raising the Volume,” which features three episodes filmed with Marcus Amaker and Charlton Singleton. This season

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Word on the Street

At this time few things are more important than the exploration, discussion and reflection encouraged and facilitated by South Carolina Humanities - the state's primary vehicle for advancing shared cultural experiences and consideration of ideas. South Carolina Humanities energizes communities, libraries, schools, museums and higher education institutions reaching across the state to help make us all more understanding and, yes, more humane.
Sig Huitt
Through the 2016 SC Humanities Festival in Beaufort, people and groups gently stepped out from their silos and worked together to make our hometown an even better place… Historical and cultural organizations and artists of all kinds, from north and south of the Broad River, came together to present the SC Humanities Festival in Beaufort County. The theme was: ‘Inspire, Engage, and Enrich.’ We all came together seamlessly to give something very special!
Billy Keyserling

fiscal year 2020

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