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.
Sponsoring Organization: Fountain Inn History Museum
Project Title: The Making of a Small Town
Project Director: Kenzie Galloway
Awarded: $3,325; Cost-share: $4,636
The Fountain Inn History Museum will refurbish an available, unused space and use it as a new exhibit gallery for a series of rotating photographic exhibits drawn from their historic archives. They have a cache of more than 500 photographs taken between 1860 and 2000 in their archives. The initial exhibit will include 36 images that share about the history of the community and will open in June 2020.
Sponsoring Organization: Orangeburg County Historical Society
Project Title: Dixie’s Last Stand – Documentary
Project Director: Emily Harrold
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $38,650
The Orangeburg County Historical Society is serving as the Fiscal Agent for a documentary project with the working title “Dixie’s Last Stand” about the recent conflict over the flying of a Confederate flag outside of an ice cream parlor in Orangeburg. The proposed one-hour broadcast-length documentary film will explore the two-year long battle through a variety of perspectives, digging into the flag’s historical legacy as well as current perspectives about it. The film is expected to be completed in Fall 2020, after which it will premiere at a nationally-recognized film festival, be broadcast on public television, streamed on Topic.com, and screened at locations across South Carolina.
Sponsoring Organization: Ginetta V. Hamilton Literacy Foundation
Project Title: Gullah: A Historic Introduction to a new Generation in Alvin, SC
Project Director: Ginetta Hamilton
Awarded: $2,500; Cost-share: $4,500
This is a two-part project that includes a public presentation by noted Gullah scholar Ron Daise during the annual Alvin Festival on June 28, 2020 in Berkeley County as well as an oral history collection project to record and document “I Remember When” stories from 18 seniors in the Alvin/St. Stephen community about former African American businesses and life there.
Sponsoring Organization: Richland School District 2
Project Title: Defining South Carolina Deliciousness
Project Director: Dr. Wendy Campbell
Awarded: $7,281; Cost-share: $37,836
Richland School District 2 is planning a series of programs for students about South Carolina food that will take place from April – December 2020 and reach more than 1,000 children in grades 3,4,5 and 9.
Sponsoring Organization: Nickelodeon Theatre Society – Columbia Film Society
Project Title: Colors of Film
Project Director: Omme-Salma Rahemtullah
Awarded: $6,971; Cost-share: $12,760
The Nickelodeon will present the “Colors of Film” series that will include the screening of two diasporic films in Orangeburg and again in Columbia, as well as media literacy workshops for 80 people in each community. The programs will take place in Fall 2020 in Orangeburg and in Winter 2020/2021 in Columbia. The two selected films are The Day Shall Come (2019, Christopher Morris) and Burning Cane (2019 Philip Youmans), neither of which has received much attention in South Carolina. Each film screening will be bookended by media literacy workshops that are designed to accompany screenings of African-American films and address issues of identity, place, migration, religion, and family.
Sponsoring Organization: Historic Columbia
Project Title: Women, Voting, and Politics: Reflections on a Century of Women’s Suffrage
Project Director: Robin Waites
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $15,500
Historic Columbia in partnership with the University of South Carolina History Center will present a symposium on “Women, Voting, and Politics: Reflections on a Century of Women’s Suffrage” on April 23 – 24, 2020 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. The symposium will include an evening keynote on Thursday, followed by two panel discussions on Friday, each featuring leading scholars on women in history. The panel themes are “In Politics to Stay: African American Women and the Vote” and “Women, Equality, and American Politics.” The keynote and symposium sessions are free and open to the public; a lunch fee of $30 per person will be charged for the Friday luncheon. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
Sponsoring Organization: The ETV Endowment of South Carolina
Project Title: Sisterhood: South Carolina Suffragists
Project Director: Beryl Dakers
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $103,638
SCETV will create a series of three half-hour television documentaries entitled Sisterhood: South Carolina Suffragists that will air in Fall 2020 to commemorate the centennial of the 19th amendment. Each program will focus on a different set of South Carolina sisters and their contemporaries who worked to gain equal rights for women. The first episode will feature Sarah and Angelina Grimke, abolitionists in the early 1800s. The second program will feature the Rollin sisters (Frances, Lottie, Louise, Kate, and Florence), politically-engaged black women who were active in women’s suffrage during Reconstruction. The final program will concentrate on Carrie, Mable, and Anita Pollitzer, Jewish women from Charleston who lived to see the 19th amendment ratified. In addition to the three half-hour programs intended to air on Carolina Stories, there will be a comprehensive website and a series of 4-minute radio shorts that will complement the themes of the documentaries. Educational materials will be created and disseminated to schools.
Sponsoring Organization: Brookgreen Gardens
Project Title: Seen, Heard, Esteemed: Living History Narratives of Georgetown County, SC
Project Director: Ron Daise
Awarded: $6,000; Cost-share: $9,852
Brookgreen Gardens will collect living history narratives about six Gullah Geechee community members of Sandy Island, Plantersville, and Murrells Inlet that will be dramatized and complemented with digital elements. The completed narratives will be made available to the public through performances to guests as well as through audio and video excerpts online. The public aspects of the program will be launched at Brookgreen Gardens’ annual Harvest Home Weekend fall festival on October 3-4, 2020, and the pilot phase presentation schedule will continue through December.
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. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
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. SEVERAL OF THESE EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
Sponsoring Organization: Middleton Place Foundation
Project Title: Distinguished Educational Speakers Series
Project Director: Carin Bloom
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $3,450
Middleton Place Foundation will present their “Distinguished Educational Speakers Series” in April – June 2020 at their 150-seat pavilion. The free lecture and discussion series will feature three authors whose books have historical connections to Middleton Place. Author Charlie Williams will speak about botanist and explorer Andre Michaux on April 9; Dr. Edda Fields-Black will discuss her research on “Combee: Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and the Civil War Transformations among the Gullah Geechee” on May 21. The series will conclude on June 28 with Dr. C.L. Bragg’s discussion of his book Patriots in Exile about the capture of Charleston by British and loyalist forces and the transfer 63 people to St. Augustine, Florida. THESE EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
Sponsoring Organization: Culture & Heritage Museums
Project Title: Historic Brattonsville ‘Uncertain Times: Homefront 1865’
Project Director: Marie Cheek
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $2,000
Historic Brattonsville will present a new event titled “Uncertain Times: Homefront 1865” on April 18, 2020. The event will feature the participation of five re-enactors from FREED (Female Reenactors of Distinction, an auxiliary organization from the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC) performing theatrical presentations in historical dress as real women who fought for freedom and equality. Other programs during “Uncertain Times” will include a presentation on the national flags of the Civil War, military demonstrations of soldiers in the Civil War, including African American soldiers, and other living history interpreters. Tickets will be $8/person. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
Sponsoring Organization: Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Project Title: Coming Together: Courageous Conversation and Unity Through Song
Project Director: Linda Piekut
Awarded: $1,200; Cost-share: $17,443
An event titled “Coming Together: Courageous Conversation and Unity Through Song” is planned for September 2020 at Christ Lutheran Church on Hilton Head Island. The event is designed to bring people of different races and cultures together to talk about diversity concerns on the island, both historic and contemporary. The event will include musical performances, a keynote speaker, and small group discussions facilitated by table leaders with topics about race relations on Hilton Head Island.
Sponsoring Organization: Spoleto Festival USA
Project Title: Omar Ibn Said Children’s Coloring Book
Project Director: Nigel Redden
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $8,000
The 2021 Spoleto Festival USA will present an original opera titled Omar about the life of Omar Ibn Said, a Muslim-African scholar who was captured in 1807, sold into slavery, and auctioned in Charleston. As part of collateral programming for the opera, they will create a coloring book about Omar Ibn Said’s life, illustrated by Jonathan Green, that will be distributed to 1,500 3rd and 4th grade students in schools in downtown Charleston. The coloring book will include text describing Said’s life written with guidance from the humanities scholars and tied to 3rd and 4th grade social studies standards. The coloring book will also be made available for free download from the Spoleto Festival website. The coloring books will be distributed starting in Fall 2020.
Sponsoring Organization: Edisto Island Open Land Trust
Project Title: Traveling Introduction to the Historic Hutchinson House & Family
Project Director: John Girault
Awarded: $1,952; Cost-share: $2,751
The Edisto Island Open Land Trust will create a written plan for a proposed traveling exhibit about the history of the Hutchison family, an important enslaved and freedman family that lived on Edisto Island, with their home dating back to 1885. The proposed exhibit will include documents, photos, stories, and artifacts, and it will be traveled to various cultural organizations and public events like the Edisto Island Museum, the local libraries and schools, and the local Oyster Fest and Shag Fest.
Sponsoring Organization: Actors Theater of South Carolina
Project Title: Calls to Greatness (Creation in Isolation)
Project Director: Chris Weatherhead-Felder
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $8,320
Actors Theater of South Carolina will create two 45-minute audio/video projects about history and literature that are intended to inspire and comfort people who are feeling depressed or overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. “Calls to Greatness – History” will feature performers reading meaningful historical speeches or essays in period clothing with commentary provided by humanities scholars. “Calls to Greatness – Literature” will feature the same performer and scholar format with excerpts from inspirational literature that is in the public domain, from Shakespeare to TS Eliot. “Calls to Greatness” will be released in August 2020 on various platforms.
Sponsoring Organization: Coastal Discovery Museum
Project Title: Educational Content Equipment
Project Director: Natalie Hefter
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $4,350
The Coastal Discovery Museum will use Mini Grant funds to support the purchase of a camera, tripod, case, and microphone to facilitate creating virtual humanities content that can be showcased on their newly redesigned website. The website content will be designed to reach visitors, members, school groups, and the general public and will include programs like their annual lecture series and history forums. They anticipate reaching 100,000 people with the virtual programs in a year.
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. THE PUBLIC EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina
Project Title: The Augusta Baker Lecture Series
Project Director: Dr. Nicole A. Cook
Awarded: $1,000; Cost-share: $1,000
The University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science will host the Inaugural Baker Lecture on Friday, April 24 to coincide with the already well-established Baker’s Dozen Storytelling Festival presented by Richland Library. The 2020 Baker Lecture will feature Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, literacy scholar and author of The Dark Fantastic and will be an online lecture. Dr. Thomas will also be conducting a professional development virtual workshop for 25 school librarians. The event will be promoted to the USC community, the Columbia community, and especially targeted to librarians and teachers.
Sponsoring Organization: Georgetown County Library
Project Title: Writing Wherever You Are
Project Director: Dwight McInvaill
Awarded: $3,000; Cost-share: $3,000
“Writing Wherever You Are” is a free creative writing series that will be hosted by Georgetown County Library from June – December 2020. Poet Marlanda Dekine has developed and will lead the workshops, which are organized into four major sections, each with five classes. The topics of the major sections are “Writing Wherever You Are,” “The Blank Page,” “Healing Through Writing,” and “Before We Wrote, We Spoke.” Each section of five classes will be hosted at a different branch of the Georgetown County Library. The first one will be at Main Branch in Georgetown; the second one will be at the Waccamaw Branch Library in Waccamaw Neck; the third segment will be hosted by the Andrews Branch Library, and the final section will be hosted by the Carvers Bay Branch Library. Fifteen people can participate in each class.
Sponsoring Organization: Greenville County Schools
Project Title: The Momentum Series, Featuring Dr. Geffrey Davis
Project Director: Sarah Blackman
Awarded: $1,900; Cost-share: $2,600
The Fine Arts Center, a public arts magnet school in Greenville County, will host a public literary presentation by award-winning poet Dr. Geffrey Davis on September 14 – 15, 2020. Dr. Davis will also teach several workshops for students at the Fine Arts Center during his stay in September.
Sponsoring Organization: Allen University
Project Title: Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof: A Musical Theater Performance Based on the Collection of Poems Written by Carrie McCray
Project Director: Charlene M. Spearen
Awarded: $1,500; Cost-share: $15,850
Allen University will host a multi-disciplinary performance of the poetic work by Carrie Allen McCray titled Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof on August 27-28, 2020 at Allen’s Chappelle Auditorium. McCray’s book has been adapted by Kevin Simmonds into a musical theater performance including singing, instrumentation, and dance. Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof tells the true story of Congo pygmy tribesman Ota Benga who was forcibly removed from his home and brought to America in 1904 to be exhibited at the World Fair and later the Bronx Zoo.
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.