About Us

South Carolina Humanities' mission is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians.

Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. SC Humanities presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.

Humanities disciplines include history, literature, folklore, philosophy, comparative religion, archaeology, African American studies, Southern studies, linguistics, ethics, jurisprudence, political science, anthropology, international studies, art theory and criticism and Women’s Studies. Our programs and activities take place in town halls, small and large museums, libraries, schools, colleges and universities—any place that people come together to share, to learn and to have enlightening conversations about our world and our place in it.

Our programs explore the rich heritage of our state and its links to the cultural traditions of our nation and world. SC Humanities serves as a politically neutral convener for a wide-ranging, diverse number of groups. We make connections and offer technical assistance to prospective grantees and project coordinators every day. SC Humanities is an excellent resource and frequently provides advice, referrals and mentoring (at no charge).

We are a small organization, but we accomplish big things through and 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. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Won’t you join us in this endeavor?


National Endowment for the Humanities