Monthly Archives January 2016

Tri-County Literary Festival

The Berkley County Library System will host its second annual Tri-County Literary Celebration featuring over 100 authors and publishers residing in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties. This celebration aims to foster interest in local arts, increase the number of avid Lowcountry readers, and connect writers and readers of all ages with published authors. The Humanities Council SC supported this project with a Fast Track Literary Grant in November 2015. The Tri-County Literary Celebration will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Santee Canal State Park (900 Stony Landing Drive, Moncks Corner, SC) from 10:00am-3:00pm. The event is FREE to
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Winthrop University Writers Reading

Winthrop University will host a “Writers Reading” series featuring two established authors in February and April 2016. Creative non-fiction writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest will visit Winthrop University on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 and poet Metta-Sama Melvin will appear on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. The readings will be free and open to the public and are intended to bring literature to life for attendees from York County and beyond. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant in December 2015. Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of the award-winning travel memoirs Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana
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Shared Traditions: Sacred Music in the South

The McKissick Museum will present a conference on “Shared Traditions: Sacred Music in the South” on February 26 – 27, 2016 in Columbia. The conference will explore the latest research on music and the Palmetto State and is a public program for the ongoing exhibit on display at McKissick Museum titled “Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina.” SC Humanities supported the conference with a Major Grant in September 2015. The “Shared Traditions: Sacred Music in the South” conference will include community, regional, and national scholars of musicology, ethnomusicology, Southern Studies, folklore, performance studies, American Studies, and related
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Six South Carolina Communities Are Selected to Host Smithsonian Exhibit in 2017!

SC Humanities is happy to announce that 6 small communities in South Carolina will have the opportunity to host the traveling Smithsonian exhibit The Way We Worked in 2017. The Way We Worked, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. SC Humanities offered an application opportunity to small museums, arts centers, libraries, and other community venues in South Carolina cities with fewer than 20,000 residents to host this interesting
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Christopher Werner: 19th Century German Immigrant and Charleston Artisan

The American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC will present a special weekend event honoring artisan Charles Werner, an expert blacksmith who created decorative railings, gates and fences, verandahs, stairways, and grilles around Charleston. On January 29 – 30th, a digital exhibit honoring Werner’s work will be unveiled, and other special events will take place. SC Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant in February 2015. Christopher Werner was a noted artisan of wrought iron projects all over South Carolina who emigrated to Charleston from Germany in the 1830s. His gates and other creations are much celebrated.
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Deckle Edge Literary Festival

The inaugural Deckle Edge Literary Festival will be held February 19-21, 2016, in Columbia, South Carolina. The weekend-long festival will feature readings, book signings, panel presentations, exhibitors, writers’ workshops, activities for children and young adult readers, and a wide range of other literary events for many interests and all ages. SC Humanities supported this event with a Mini Grant in October 2015 and a Fast Track Literary Grant in November 2015. Deckle Edge has over 50 authors scheduled for the weekend festivities, including Nikky Finney, George Singleton, Kim Boykin, Carla Damron, Ed Madden, Majory Wentworth, and many more. In addition
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Newberry County Big Read

The Newberry County Literacy Council will present the inaugural Newberry County Big Read program designed to promote reading and discussion throughout the county. The book selected for the 2016 program is The World Made Straight by Ron Rash. A variety of public events are planned during the months of January and February 2016, including discussion forums; music, art, and drama presentations; essay and art contests in the schools; and a film presentation of one of Mr. Rash’s novels. SC Humanities supported this project with a Fast Track Literary Grant. The tagline for the Newberry County Big Read program is “Celebrating
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Saturday Writing Club

Greenville Wordsmiths will present a new, free writing program for youth ages 9 – 14 in Greenville in 2016. The “Saturday Writing Club” will allow 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 Humanities CouncilSC supported this program with a Fast-Track Literary Grant. Greenville Wordsmiths began in 2012 and was inspired by Dave Eggers’ TED Talk “Once Upon a School.” The vision of the organization is that all children in Greenville County, regardless of social class,
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Storyboard America

Storyboard America is a vision to build a nation of storytellers through the public library system, a vision that is beginning right here in South Carolina. Everyone has a story. The Storyboard America pilot will launch in Dorchester and Beaufort County Libraries with Saturday writing workshops and quarterly community sharing nights that are free and open to the public. The program engages people, regardless of age or writing ability, to capture and share defining moments of their lives in short first-person true narratives. These stories will become part of the libraries’ permanent archive in written and audio form, accessible to
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Student Research Fellows for 2016

SC Humanities is pleased to announce that two Student Research Fellows have been selected for 2016: Anthony Garruzzo of the College of Charleston and Rachel Lunsford of the University of South Caroliba. Student Research Fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior years attending an accredited university or college in South Carolina to explore research and scholarship in the humanities. The 2016 fellows will conduct humanities research and present their findings in a public program at a South Carolina venue. Anthony Garruzzo will investigate “Nelson Goodman and Conceptual Relativism” under the guidance
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