SC Humanities funds numerous projects in South Carolina through Major Grants, Mini Grants, Planning Grants, and Fast Track Literary Grants.
Grants awarded in fiscal year 2019 (November 1, 2018 – October 31, 2019) are displayed below. Grants awarded in fiscal years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 can be viewed by clicking on the links on this page. For previous records, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477.
Mini and Planning Grants
Sponsoring Organization: Ballet Spartanburg
Project Title: African Dance Community Outreach Class
Project Director: Susan Woodham
Awarded: $1,868; cost-share: $1,885
Ballet Spartanburg will offer free weekly African dance classes open to the community from January 1 – June 25, 2019 at the Center for Dance Education at the Chapman Cultural Center. The classes will be led by African dance instructor Angela Alderson, who will also provide cultural context about the history, origin, and traditional uses of the dance. An African drummer will provide music for each class. This opportunity will be widely promoted through social media, website, fliers around the community, and e-blast to Spartanburg School Districts.
Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina Beaufort
Project Title: Reconstructing Freedom: African American History Month at USCB
Project Director: Najmah Thomas
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,000
The University of South Carolina Beaufort will present programming promoting cross-cultural awareness on campus and in the community during February 2019. Proposed programs include an Opening Ceremony with a Reconstruction Era art exhibit; a documentary about the Orangeburg Massacre with a discussion led by scholar Jack Bass; panel discussions on the topic of “Reconstructing Freedom”; and more.
Sponsoring Organization: Annex Dance Company
Project Title: Moments Captured
Project Director: Kristin Alexander
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $2,487
“Moments Captured” will be an interdisciplinary creative performance in response to the exhibit Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South that is currently on display at Waterfront Gallery and at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. The event will be a two-hour long performance including dance, music, spoken-word poetry, and dialogue between the audience and the performers. It is scheduled for February 3, 2019.
Sponsoring Organization: Greenville County Library System
Project Title: Rhythms and Rhymes: A Music and Poetry Series
Project Director: Mary Frances Shelato
Awarded: $775; cost-share: $2,851
The Greenville County Library will present a series of three public programs based on poetry and music in April 2019 (National Poetry Month). The first program will feature local musical group Valentine Wolfe performing original music featuring the poetry of Emily Dickinson. The second program will feature local poet Martha Mims with the Greenville Jazz Collective in a program emphasizing the interplay between the music of poetry and the language of music. Finally, Dr. John Akers will present a program about Carl Sandburg’s love of the Spanish classical guitar.
Sponsoring Organization: Southern Guitar Festival
Project Title: East Meets West: Guitar Education in America and Abroad
Project Director: Marina Alexandra
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $2,300
The Southern Guitar Festival will present two public lecture-performances at the 2019 event on Saturday, June 8 in Columbia. One presentation will feature composer Tariel Iberi from the Republic of Georgia speaking about the history of Georgian music and its folk origins. A second presentation will feature the Beijing Guitar Duo speaking about the history of “Music Education in China.” Both programs will be free and open to the public.
Fast Track Literary Grants
Sponsoring Organization: York County Library
Project Title: York County Library Patchwork Tales 2019
Project Director: Luanne James
Awarded: $3,000; cost-share: $13,000
The York County Library will present their annual storytelling festival on March 14-16, 2019. The event will feature three nationally-recognized storytellers and a puppet troupe: Bobby Norfolk, Connie Regan-Blake, Laurelyn Dossett, and the Frey Seal Puppets.
Sponsoring Organization: Clemson University
Project Title: The Clemson Literary Festival
Project Director: John Pursley
Awarded: $3,000; cost-share: $3,000
Clemson University will present the 2019 Clemson Literary Festival on April 10 – 12, 2019. The scheduled speakers for 2019 include Headliner Tyehimba Jess (Pulitzer Prize winning poet), Chen Chen, Cynthia Cruz, Matthew Cooperman, Ashley M. Jones, Julia Elliott, Sarah Domet, Laura Leigh Morris, Alan Rossi, and Sarah Blackman. This town and gown event primarily takes place in venues in downtown Clemson in order to attract an audience beyond the University. The program is largely coordinated by a specially-selected team of ten Student Directors, and the event includes a Young Writer’s Workshop program that reaches approximately 100 high school students.
For more information about the Grants Program or any of SC Humanities’ funded projects, please contact Theresa (T.J.) Wallace, the Assistant Director, at 803-771-2477.