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 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.

Major Grants

Sponsoring Organization: Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
Project Title: Beyond the Oaks: Untold Stories of Lowcountry Plantations
Project Director: Kayleigh Vaughn
Awarded: $5,000; Cost-share: $18,785
The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage will create and install their original 2019 – 2020 exhibit titled “Beyond the Oaks: Untold Stories of Lowcountry Plantations,” which will urge visitors to think critically about the various perspectives of plantation life in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and their lasting impact. The exhibit will be on display from May 4, 2019 – April 25, 2020. They also plan to offer a series of programs and lectures during the time the exhibit is on display and to offer docent-guided tours of the exhibit for a nominal fee.

Sponsoring Organization: Santa Elena Foundation
Project Title: Lost Century Shipwreck Symposium and Scholars Conference
Project Director: Chris Allen
Awarded: $6,000; Cost-share: $11,270
The Santa Elena Foundation will present an educational symposium on “Shipwrecks of America’s Lost Century” in Beaufort from April 5 – 6, 2019. The symposium will include lectures, video presentations, discussions, and Q&A periods covering European activity on America’s southeast coast during the 16th century, including the discovery of ten Spanish and French active shipwreck archaeology projects. A full-scale, functioning replica of the Santa Maria will be in Beaufort during the conference.

Sponsoring Organization: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston
Project Title: Katrina Andry: Discussing Gentrification in Charleston
Project Director: Bryan Granger
Awarded: $5,000; Cost-share: $24,060
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston will present an exhibit of work by Katrina Andry, a multi-disciplinary artist who focuses on printmaking, from August 23 – December 7, 2019. The exhibit will explore the social construction of stereotypes associated with African Americans and gentrification in the Charleston community. Collateral events such as educational workshops, panel discussions, and other programs will take place during the exhibit’s tenure and will be designed to spur discussion about problems facing the Charleston area.

Sponsoring Organization: The Poetry Society of South Carolina
Project Title: Poetry at McLeod
Project Director: Katherine Williams
Awarded: $6,600; Cost-share: $22,450
The Poetry Society of South Carolina, in partnership with James Island Arts and the Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission, will present a four-part poetry series at McLeod Plantation Historic Site from April – October 2019. The four featured African American poets will present perspectives on the experience and legacy of enslavement fundamental to James Island history and culture. Each reading will be followed by a Q&A and a reception, and a free writing workshop at James Island Town Hall will take place the next day. The featured poets are Delana Dameron, Roger Reeves, Tyree Daye, and Glenis Redmond. They expect 25-50 people to attend each program.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina
Project Title: The Barnwell Archaeological Research Project
Project Director: Dr. Kimberly Cavanagh
Awarded: $5,000; Cost-share: $8,987
The University of South Carolina Beaufort will help coordinate an archival research and archaeology project about the Barnwell Site tabby structure on Hilton Head Island. The goals of the project are to 1) determine the age and use of the tabby ruins, which have never been fully researched or understood before and 2) develop an educational outreach program based on the site by hosting public outreach events and developing instructional materials to educate visitors to the site. Excavations will take place at the site from January – May 2019, and Dr. Eric Plaag will conduct historical and archival research about the site. Public programs will include student field trips to the site to observe the excavations; a Public Outreach Day on April 13, 2019 in partnership with SC Archaeological Public Outreach Division and SC Department of Natural Resources; and the development of interpretive signage to display at the site.

Sponsoring Organization: Gibbes Museum of Art
Project Title: Rauschenberg in Charleston
Project Director: Sara Arnold
Awarded: $6,400; Cost-share: $41,200
The Gibbes Museum of Art requests grant funds to support the presentation of the exhibit Rauschenberg + Charleston from September 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020. The exhibit will present iconic American artist Robert Rauschenberg’s Charleston photographs from 1980 alongside examples of these images re-contextualized by the artist in later works. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring new scholarship on this body of work and Rauschenberg’s relationship to Charleston.

Sponsoring Organization: Historic Columbia
Project Title: Connecting Communities Through History – SC Statehouse Monuments
Project Director: John Sherrer
Awarded: $7,946; Cost-share: $16,250
Historic Columbia will implement a new phase of their Connecting Communities through History project that will document and provide access to the history of the monuments on the grounds of the SC State House. Project scholars will create an inventory with a database of resources and narratives about each monument. That research will form the basis for public programming including a web-based tour on the Historic Columbia website; a series of guided tours led by scholars and Historic Columbia staff that will take place four times per month from September – December 2019; and a series of at least four roundtable discussions that explore the past and future of these monuments in January and February 2020. The web-based tours will be maintained indefinitely, and the guided tours will continue to be offered in the future based on interest.

Sponsoring Organization: Oasis Total Development
Project Title: Information Wanted
Project Director: Pamela Bailey
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $392,000
Information Wanted is a multi-faceted documentary project about local and inter-state migration of American-born enslaved people from the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. The project will also include the creation of an interactive website and outreach components including facilitated community discussion panels, film screenings, and the creation of a discussion guide. The expected completion date is June 2020. The expectation is that the 90-minue documentary will air on public television.

Sponsoring Organization: Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network
Project Title: Columbia City of Women
Project Director: Megan Plassmeyer
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $14,000
The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network will present the “Columbia City of Women” project that will recognize notable women from the Midlands through maps, websites, tours, and facilitated community dialogue. With the support of grant funds, they anticipate developing a community engagement strategy, developing a discussion guide, facilitating 8 listening sessions in diverse areas of Columbia, recording several stories of Columbia women whose names will be added to the map, and presenting three educational programs in the community to recognize these first women identified.

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.

Sponsoring Organization: SC Archives and History Foundation
Project Title: South Carolina and the American Revolution
Project Director: Donna Foster
Awarded: $1,000; Cost-share: $6,435
The SC Archives and History Foundation will present a symposium on the American Revolution, and specifically on the role of South Carolina in the war, on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The one-day program will include presentations by authors, researchers, and professors intermixed with opportunities for discussion and one-to-one interaction. Featured presenters include Peggy Pickett, John Beakes, Dr. James Piecuch, Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, and John Buchanan. Registration for the conference is $50 early, $65 regular, and $25 student.

Sponsoring Organization: Coastal Carolina University
Project Title: Museum Programming for the Visually Impaired in South Carolina
Project Director: Carolyn Dillian and M. Katie Clary
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $2,000
Coastal Carolina University in partnership with Horry County Museum will create an accessible museum exhibit for individuals with visual and sensory impairments. The exhibit will highlight physical objects from South Carolina prehistory and history of the Myrtle Beach area through 3-D printed artifacts that can be touched and interpretive text in audio and braille formats. Coastal Carolina University students will assist with the scanning, printing, and exhibit narration, and the exhibit creation will coincide with the SC Federation of Museums annual conference in Conway on March 20-22, 2019, so that a large number of museum professionals can see the program in progress. The grand opening of the exhibit will be April 30, and it will be open to the public through August 15, 2019.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina – Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Project Title: Play On Words: An Aphasic Drama Group
Project Director: Dirk Den Ouden
Awarded: $1,200; Cost-share: $2,000
The University of South Carolina will host a drama class for people in the Columbia area suffering from aphasia, a disorder of language caused by brain damage (often from a stroke). They propose that participation in a community performance can help boost self-confidence and perhaps improve language abilities for people suffering from this condition. The drama group will meet weekly from January – May 2019, with the program culminating in a performance of an original piece generated by the group. The performance will be followed by a discussion of the role of artistic performance in quality of life of people with disabilities, particularly from the perspective of art theory and art criticism.

Sponsoring Organization: Chapman Cultural Center
Project Title: A Mosaic Portrait of Spartanburg
Project Director: Erik Kocher
Awarded: $1,000; Cost-share: $9,115
The Chapman Cultural Center will present an interactive artistic project that will culminate in an exhibit titled “A Mosaic Portrait of Spartanburg.” The Project Director and two artists-in-residence (Marsia Adesman and Ambrin Ling) will employ a variety of ways to engage with Spartanburg County residents and find out how they experience and understand the concept of “home” in their everyday lives. The question will be posed via social media outlets, during open studio hours, and during excursions into neighborhoods and at community events. The artists will create paintings documenting some of the responses about “home,” and the discussions and process will be documented to create a video defining the outcomes of the project. The exhibit and video will premiere in June 2019 at the Chapman Cultural Center.

Sponsoring Organization: Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Project Title: Fa Da Chillin Reconstruction Youth Choir
Project Director: Victoria A. Smalls
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $4,600
The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry will act as the sponsoring organization for an interdisciplinary project that will train youth from moderate to low-income neighborhoods in Northern Beaufort County to learn about the Reconstruction Era and relay this knowledge to their peers and community through artistic and historical interpretations of music, movement, and spoken word. The “Fa Da Chillin Reconstruction Youth Choir” will be made up of approximately 20 diverse students, ages 12 – 18, who will be selected through an audition process in March – April 2019. The selected choir members will be trained through educational workshops with scholars and professionals about Reconstruction Era history, music history, voice performance, and more. They will then perform in the community at events such as the Gullah Festival, Juneteenth Celebration, MOJA Arts Festival, etc., as well as at churches and schools through May 2020.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division
Project Title: Public Outreach Days at the Barnwell Site
Project Director: E. Shofner
Awarded: $1,000; Cost-share: $2,568

The Barnwell Site is an active archaeology site in Beaufort County on Hilton Head Island. The ongoing Barnwell Archaeological Research Project is a partnership between several organizations, including the SC Archaeology Public Outreach Division (SCAPOD) and the University of South Carolina Beaufort. SCAPOD will coordinate the public outreach components of the effort, including visits from school groups (approximately 200 students invited) and a Public Outreach Day for the general public on Saturday, April 13, 2019 that will include scholarly talks and tours.

Sponsoring Organization: Chhondeshi
Project Title: Bongotsov 2019: The Rhythm of Compassion
Project Director: Sourav Banerjee
Awarded: $1,200; Cost-share: $11,355
Chhondeshi is a Bengali cultural research group located in Irmo, SC whose mission is to share the literature, history, and music of Bengal through multi-cultural interactions. They will present the one-day public cultural festival “Bongotsov: The Rhythm of Compassion” on June 1 at the University of South Carolina. The event will go from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and will include three main sections: a panel discussion and research presentations; song and dance performances; and an event with new music and dance composition and a competition. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsoring Organization: Juneteenth Rock Hill Inc.
Project Title: Juneteenth Rock Hill Celebration
Project Director: Tamika Poag
Outright: $250; Cost-share: $22,455.70
Juneteenth Rock Hill Inc. will present their Juneteenth Rock Hill event on June 21 – 22, 2019. The event will start on Friday evening with a Food Truck Friday event with performances and vendors. On Saturday, June 22, the FreedomFest event is held on the grounds of Friendship College and Mt. Prospect Baptist Church and will include vendors, talent showcase, children’s games, and a storyteller. Newsletters that outline the history of Juneteenth are distributed throughout the event. The Juneteenth programming is free and open to the public.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina
Project Title: USCB & SCETV’s By The River: Season 2 Author Honorariums
Project Director: Dr. Caroline E. Sawyer
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $9,980
USC Beaufort and SCETV partner to create the interview-style show By the River that airs on ETVHD on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. The show is largely produced by USC Beaufort Communication Studies students. They are preparing to film the second season of the show, which will feature authors from the Southeast and end with a Lowcountry Poet’s corner. Confirmed authors include Ron Rash, George Singleton, Nikki Finney, Lisa Anne Cullen, and Nathalie Dupree.

Sponsoring Organization: Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society
Project Title: What’s in the Basement
Project Director: Sarah E. Miller
Awarded: $1,750; Cost-share: $3,700
The Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society proposes creating a series of small rotating exhibits that will be curated from historic materials that are now stored in the basement of the Bedon-Lucas House. Some of these artifacts have never been displayed. One proposed theme for a mini exhibit is “Dining through the Decades,” featuring dishware. They anticipate each exhibit will be on display for two months, and they hope to have at least two exhibits (possibly three) on display in 2019.

Sponsoring Organization: Greenville Wordsmiths
Project Title: The Open Bus: A Drop-In Workshop Series
Project Director: Adrienne Burris
Awarded: $1,560; Cost-share: $1,980
The “Open Bus” is a monthly drop-in writing workshop for children sponsored by Greenville Wordsmiths. It will take place from August 2019 – May 2020 in a school bus that has been converted into a classroom called “the Wordmobile.” Each month, three or four workshops featuring different facilitators and writing forms will reach approximately 12 students per workshop. Monthly themes will include playwriting, humor writing and sketch comedy, songwriting, poetry in the digital age, writing a thriller, and food writing.

Sponsoring Organization: Wofford College
Project Title: Quilted Stories
Project Director: Dr. Amy Telligman
Awarded: $1,500; Cost-share: $3,780
Wofford College will present a quilt show in February and March 2020 in their Center for the Arts. “Quilted Stories” will feature quilts provided by faculty and staff (whether they are made by faculty/staff or are owned by faculty/staff and have historic or personal significance) and will be curated by noted quilt researcher and author, Laurel Horton. Horton will also help create a catalog for publication and will moderate a panel discussion with community partners on March 19, 2020.

Sponsoring Organization: Columbia Film Society – Nickelodeon Theatre
Project Title: The Rainbow Reel: Celebrating 30 Years of SC Pride
Project Director: Omme-Salma Rahemtullah
Awarded: $1,500; Cost-share: $2,000
The Nickelodeon Theatre will partner with South Carolina Pride to present a series of three films in September 2019 that will showcase the best in queer filmmaking over the past 30 years. The three featured films for “The Rainbow Reel” program are Paris is Burning (September 4), Brokeback Mountain (September 11), and Moonlight (September 18). Scholar-led community discussions will follow each film screening. The event will recognize the 30th anniversary of SC Pride as well as the 40th anniversary of The Nick.

Sponsoring Organization: Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site
Project Title: Pop-Up Exhibit: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Project Director: Nathan Johnson
Awarded: $1,250; Cost-share: $1,350
Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site in Union County will present the pop-up exhibit “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” from August 31 – November 29, 2019. The exhibit was developed by the New York Historical Society with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and consists of eight text panels, along with lesson plans. Staff from the South Carolina State Park Service will develop an additional panel specific to Rose Hill Plantation that will also be displayed. After the two months on display at Rose Hill Plantation, the exhibit will be on display for a month at the Union County Tourism office. Two public programs will be presented in September 2019, a movie screening and a living history event.

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.

Sponsoring Organization: Hub City Writers Project
Project Title: Delicious Reads 2019
Project Director: Anne Waters
Awarded: $1,550; Cost-share: $4,600
Hub City Writers Project will present the second year of their “Delicious Reads” event, which will bring twenty authors together with the public in a ticketed “author-in-the-round” event at the Marriott hotel. Books will be sold, and delicious desserts will be available. In 2019, they will expand the event by having five of the authors stay in Spartanburg for an additional day to do five school visits. The participating schools are Spartanburg High School, Carver Middle School, McCracken Middle School, Broome High School, and Dorman High School. The event will take place on March 17 – 18, 2019.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Academy of Authors
Project Title: South Carolina Academy of Authors Induction Weekend 2019
Project Director: Ray McManus
Awarded: $1,000; Cost-share: $5,100
The South Carolina Academy of Authors’ annual Induction Weekend programming will take place April 26-28 in Columbia honoring Elise Blackwell, Walter Edgar, Kathleen Parker and the late Starkey Flythe, Jr. Events include “An Evening with Starkey” reading and reception on Friday, April 26; the induction ceremony and dinner on Saturday, April 27 at Capstone; and a brunch honoring fellowship and student prize-winners on Sunday, April 28. The induction ceremony/dinner is ticketed at $55/individual or $100/couple. The brunch is ticketed at $15/person.

Sponsoring Organization: The Lowcountry Writing Project
Project Title: 2019 Invitational Summer Institute
Project Director: Lauren Rule Maxwell
Awarded: $2,200; Cost-share: $26,485
The Lowcountry Writing Project, located at The Citadel, proposes will host their 2019 Invitational Summer Institute (ISI) for Lowcountry teachers, particularly those serving historically underserved schools in downtown Charleston, from June 10 – 28. The institute will provide in-depth, ongoing, research-based learning opportunities related to writing and writing instruction, which generally receives less support than other subjects. The three-week course will serve 15 teachers, and one week will serve 35 elementary and middle school students from the target schools in a Young Writers Camp. The Young Writers Camp will serve as a practicum experience in which the ISI teachers will put strategies and techniques that they learned in the first two weeks to the test. The Young Writers Camp is free.

Sponsoring Organization: City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
Project Title: 2019 Free Verse Festival
Project Director: Scott Watson
Awarded: $2,750; Cost-share: $3,000
The 2019 Free Verse Festival will be the third annual offering of this all-poetry literary festival. A wide variety of events will take place October 13 – 20, 2019 at a variety of venues in downtown Charleston and West Ashley. The three focus areas for the festival are poetry as public art, workshops and events for students and educators, and poetry at night. Some tentative example programs include a “Poetry Buffet” where chefs will read poetry and poets will cook food; “Poetry and Jazz”; poetry displayed on napkins, buildings, and sidewalks; and “Typewriter Poetry” stops.

Sponsoring Organization: Spartanburg Community College (SCC) Foundation
Project Title: 2019 Wonders of Writing (WOW) Symposium Public Reading and Reception
Project Director: Jenny Williams
Awarded: $2,300; Cost-share: $3,361
Spartanburg Community College will present their sixth Wonders of Writing Symposium, scheduled to take place on September 11-12, 2019. The event will feature two South Carolina authors, George Singleton and Scott Gould, in a public reading and reception on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. The featured authors will also interact with students and faculty on the first day of the symposium.

Sponsoring Organization: Friends of the Charleston County Public Library
Project Title: Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival
Project Director: Stephen Hoffius
Awarded: $3,000; Cost-share: $22,250
Friends of the Charleston County Public Library will host Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival on October 4 – 5, 2019, featuring keynote speaker Nikki Giovanni. Additionally, the event will include approximately 60 authors in discussions and book signings, vendor tables, and workshops. In 2019, the event will be aligned with the MOJA Arts Festival (a celebration of African American and Caribbean arts) through the City of Charleston.

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.