Awarded Grants

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 2020 (November 1, 2019 – October 31, 2020) are displayed below. Grants awarded in fiscal years 2007 – 2019 can be viewed by clicking on the links on this page. For previous records, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477.

Major Grants

Mini and Planning Grants

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina Aiken
Project Title: Mapping Current Israeli Politics, an Expert’s View
Project Director: Mark Hollingsworth
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $2,000
The University of South Carolina Aiken will present a public lecture and a student forum on March 26, 2020 featuring speaker, Shaul Arieli. Arieli will speak about “Mapping Current Israeli Politics: An Expert’s View.” Arieli is a lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya, the Hebrew University and the Academic College of Jaffa; he is an expert in Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sponsoring Organization: Cecil Williams Museum and Institute for Social Innovation
Project Title: The South Carolina Events That Changed America
Project Director: Cecil J. Williams
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $2,000
The Cecil Williams Museum and Institute for Social Innovation will create a new major exhibit titled “The South Carolina Events that Changed America,” which will use historical photographs to contextualize the broader US Civil Rights Movement in terms of antecedent activities which took place in South Carolina. The Cecil Williams Museum will eventually showcase 8 major exhibit areas consisting of 500 photographs and 200 artifacts, including areas on “From Orangeburg to Montgomery,” “NAACP and the Elloree Teachers,” “A Commemoration Gallery” honoring students from SC State University who protested on campus, and “The Charleston Hospital Workers’ Strike.” The exhibit will also include a “Wall of Commitment” interactive component where all visitors can sign their names indicating commitment to social justice and innovation. The exhibit is expected to open in February 2020.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina
Project Title: Eyes on the Prize: 2020 Vision African American History Month at USCB
Project Director: Najmah Thomas
Awarded: $1,000; Cost-share: $4,000
The University of South Carolina Beaufort will present a variety of programming during African American History Month in February 2020. The effort, titled “Eyes on the Prize: 2020 Vision,” will include guest lectures, movie screenings, a gospel music showcase, and student panel discussions. They anticipate that 600 students, faculty, staff and local community members will be reached by this project.

Sponsoring Organization: Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society
Project Title: Sea Island Gullah Heritage Exhibit
Project Director: Gretchen Smith
Awarded: $1,538; Cost-share: $6,360.20
The Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society is planning a new permanent exhibit at the Edisto Island Museum titled “Sea Island Gullah Heritage.” They are in the first phase of planning and are requesting planning grant funds to convene a group of scholars to plan the scope of the exhibit, including how it will be designed for all people, what the exhibit will look like and what elements it will include, how it can be a tool to engage local school children, and whether it should be one part of a larger programming effort about Gullah culture. The projected outcome of the planning grant is to have a written plan with details about how to proceed with the design and creation of the “Sea Island Gullah Heritage” exhibit. The second phase of the project will be to actually fabricate the exhibit.

Sponsoring Organization: Winthrop University, John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy
Project Title: Dr. Michael Gerhardt Discusses Impeachment and Constitutionalism
Project Director: Katarina Moyon
Awarded: $1,000; Cost-share: $1,000
Winthrop University will bring noted scholar on impeachment, Dr. Michael Gerhardt of UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill, to speak on February 25, 2020 as part of the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy. Gerhardt will discuss the Constitutional basis for impeachment, historical examples, and how the current impeachment crisis could impact Constitutional law. His one-hour presentation will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

Sponsoring Organization: Southern Guitar Fest
Project Title: Synthesis of Sound: Nontraditional Ways to Experience Music
Project Director: Marina Alexandra
Awarded: $800; Cost-share: $4,200
The 2020 Southern Guitar Festival will take place June 12 – 14 at the Richland Library Main Branch in downtown Columbia. The event will include three lecture-demonstrations called the “Synthesis of Sound” that will feature interactive presentations by guitarists on how they fuse other art forms, cultures, and music genres into their music. Ukrainian-born composer Ulyana Machneva will present on “Music and Life,” sharing about the fusion of her original guitar compositions with her personal art and Ukrainian art and folk music. Celebrated Swedish musician Johannes Muller will present a lecture on the use of non-western compositional techniques on classical guitar. The MM Guitar Duo (Maja Radovanlija and Milena Petkovic) will present a talk about the synthesis in styles of composer Dusan Bogdanovic who fused elements of Balkan music with Blues, African music, etc.

Sponsoring Organization: Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
Project Title: Social Justice Cinema
Project Director: Ellen Zisholtz
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $13,000
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College in partnership with the Center for Creative Partnerships will present a three-part film discussion series in honor of the late social justice advocate, John Hope Franklin. The “Social Justice Cinema” series will feature the screening of one film per month in February, March, and April 2020, each followed by a panel presentation with scholars and a moderator. On February 27, the film will be Freedom Summer with a panel featuring David Dennis and Millicent Brown. On March 23, in honor of Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the film will be The Burning Bed with a panel featuring the writer Rose Leiman Goldember by Skype and SC Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter. On April 23, for Holocaust Remembrance Month, the film will be Beyond the Swastika and Jim Crow with a panel featuring John Whittington Franklin and a representative from the Anti-Defamation League.

Fast Track Literary Grants 

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina
Project Title: Swan Con: The Sumter Comic Arts Festival
Project Director: Andrew J. Kunka
Awarded: $3,000; Cost-share: $10,100
The University of South Carolina Sumter will present their 2020 Swan Con: The Sumter Comic Arts Festival on March 6 – 7, 2020 at USC Sumter, Sumter Gallery of Art, and Patriot Hall. Featured speakers include Noah Van Scriver, John Porcellino, Rich Tommaso, and Rachel Lindsay. The event will include presentations by the speakers, exhibitors, and other family-friendly activities.

Sponsoring Organization: Florence 1 Schools
Project Title: Music and Literacy Work in Harmony
Project Director: Christina M. Welch
Awarded: $1,975; Cost-share: $2,350
Greenwood Elementary School in Florence, SC will offer writer’s residency program for sixth grade students featuring author and artist Kimberly Roberts. Roberts has written an informational book about the Caribbean titled Jammin’ Geography – Caribbean Cruise. In addition to her residency with sixth grade students, Roberts will present at a school assembly for the entire school featuring a steel band and educational information from her book. She will also present a parent workshop on promoting literacy at the school’s “Night at the Museum” event on March 2, 2020.

Sponsoring Organization: One Columbia for Arts and Culture
Project Title: Telling the Stories of the City
Project Director: Ed Madden
Awarded: $3,000; Cost-share: $7,500
The City of Columbia Poet Laureate, Ed Madden, is partnering with One Columbia for Arts and Culture to create a website with an online map of poetry about Columbia. Building on Madden’s work over the past four years collecting poetry about local rivers, Columbia neighborhoods, homelessness, racial and class structure in Columbia and more, the “Telling the Stories of the City” website is intended to launch in April 2020 as part of National Poetry Month. A call for new poems will be issued in January 2020. One Columbia will manage the website with the goal of adding additional poems over the years, even after Madden’s term as Poet Laureate is over.

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.