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 2023 (November 1, 2022 – October 31, 2023) are displayed below. Grants awarded in fiscal years 2007 – 2022 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: The Fine Arts Center Partners
Project Title: “Streaming and Podcast of the Panel ‘Re-Inventing Shakespeare’ for Educational Institutions”
Project Director: Mr. Vee Popat
Awarded: $1,500; Cost-share: $2,500
The Fine Arts Center in Greenville will partner with the South Carolina New Play Festival to present a panel discussion on “Re-Inventing Shakespeare” on November 18, 2022. The panel will investigate trends happening in Shakespearean productions, including issues of race, Eurocentric views of art, and what benefits and losses are involved with such an intense focus on one writer’s work. The panel will be recorded and will be livestreamed to schools and the general public on Friday, December 16th. It will also be turned into a podcast. There will be 150 comp tickets available to the livestream, which will be issued to all Theater and English Chairs of Greenville County middle and high schools, the drama and English department of the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, and to college professors at Clemson and Furman Universities.
Sponsoring Organization: Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation/Mather School Museum & Interpretive Center
Project Title: Mather School Museum Tours
Project Director: Rufus Pinckney
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $2,000
The Mather School was founded in 1868 and was one of the earliest boarding schools for black women in the United States. The school closed in 1968, and the location eventually became part of the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL). The Mather Museum and Interpretive Center is currently located in the Mather School’s former library on the TCL campus in Beaufort. The Mather Museum and Interpretive Center will use grant funds to train four undergraduate students, two from USC Beaufort and two from TCL, to present the history of the Mather school through performative tours. The tours will be offered from February – April 2023, with special educational tours during Black History Month and tours to the general public in March and April. The tours will be recorded and archived for promotional efforts.
Sponsoring Organization: Friends of Bald Rock Heritage Preserve
Project Title: History of Bald Rock: Restoration in Perspective
Project Director: Susan Jordan
Awarded: $1,000; Cost-share: $1,000
The Friends of Bald Rock Heritage Preserve will work with Furman University to research the history of Bald Rock and record stories of past residents, visitors, and vandals. The collected stories will be transcribed. The research is intended to result in informational panels at the entrance to the preserve, as well as educational and marketing materials for outreach and programs.
Sponsoring Organization: And Still We Rise
Project Title: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: We Still Have a Dream
Project Director: Jannie Harriot
Awarded: $2,500; Cost-share: $21,450
The nonprofit organization And Still We Rise will present a weekend series of programs titled “Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: We Still Have a Dream” on January 14 – 16, 2023 in Hartsville. The weekend will include a Call to Leadership, a community banquet with Dr. Bobby Donaldson as the keynote speaker, an opera concert featuring Opera Noire International, a commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with keynote speaker Michael Harriot (a writer and columnist), and an opening reception for the “Justice for All” exhibit at the Hartsville Museum. Additionally, Cecil Williams will be at several of the events, distributing images from his “South Carolina History that Shaped America in Arts in Education” series. All programs will be open to the public, and the majority will be free. The opera concert is ticketed at $15/person, though students are free.
Sponsoring Organization: Harriet Hancock Center Foundation
Project Title: Harriet Hancock LGBT Center Reading Series
Project Director: Claire E. Lenviel
Outright Requested: $1,767; Cost-share: $1,946
The Harriet Hancock LGBT Center in downtown Columbia will host a monthly scholar-led book club from January – April 2023. The featured books will be the graphic novel Fun Home (Alison Bechdel), The Color Purple (Alice Walker), Tales of the City (Armistead Maupin), and Guapa (Saleem Haddad). In the same format as SC Humanities “Let’s Talk About It” program, a scholar will lead each book club discussion, inviting participants to learn about queer literature, history, and identities.
Sponsoring Organization: Coastal Carolina University
Project Title: Bucksport, SC: Building a Beloved Community
Project Director: Dr. Jennifer Mokos and Dr. Jaime McCauley
Outright Requested: $2,000; Cost-share: $2,000
Coastal Carolina University will partner with the Association for the Betterment of Bucksport in creating a traveling exhibit and accompanying educational material about the Gullah Geechee community of Bucksport in Horry County. Coastal Carolina University students and faculty will work with citizens of Bucksport to gather ethnographic narratives, historical archives, photographs, and artifacts. The traveling exhibit will consist of retractable vinyl banners and portable artifact display cases, and it is projected that it will open to the public at the James R. Frazier Community Center on April 25, 2023. The completed exhibit will then travel to other Bucksport community events and groups, and a virtual exhibit will be prepared with supplemental lesson plans. The Bucksport community is unique as a Gullah-Geechee community with a rich history in river transportation, lumber, and ship building that is now facing issues like gentrification and heirs’ property.
Fast Track Literary Grants
Sponsoring Organization: Coastal Carolina University
Project Title: South Carolina Creative Sociology Writing Competition
Project Director: Dr. Lisa Winters
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $7,119
Coastal Carolina University is planning a “Creative Sociology Writing Competition” which will invite submissions of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction that align with the theme “Empathy and Science.” The contest will be open to all graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in a South Carolina college or university. The competition will be announced in Spring 2023 with a final submission deadline of September 1, 2023. A virtual reading event and celebration will take place in late October 2023. The goal is to help those studying and practicing sociology engage with nonacademic audiences and practice in a more public, interdisciplinary format.
Sponsoring Organization: York County Library
Project Title: YCL YA Library Con 2023
Project Director: Luanne James
Awarded: $3,000; Cost-share: $10,250
York County Library will coordinate a Young Adult Comic Con event on May 19, 2023. The event is an annual celebration of comic books, manga, science fiction, fantasy, and cosplaying. There will be at least three featured authors, tentatively Mary Alice Monroe, Brendan Reichs, and Tracy Deon. There will also be food trucks and vendors, like a local bookstore and game store. The event is free and open to the public.
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.