2016 Awarded Grants

The following grants were awarded by SC Humanities in fiscal year 2016 (November 1, 2015 – October 31, 2016).

Major Grants

Sponsoring Organization: The Oconee County Public Library
Project Title: The Land Before the Waters
Project Director: Philip Cheney
Awarded: $4,626; Cost-share: $6240
The Oconee County Public Library presented a series of nine lectures in the spring and summer of 2016 on the theme of “The Land Before the Waters.” The speaker series addressed the significant changes to Oconee County that occurred with the creation of Lakes Hartwell, Keowee, and Jocassee. Including a variety of historians, authors, professors, and even a diver, the series complemented an ongoing oral history project fostered by the library called “Voices of Oconee.”

Sponsoring Organization: Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
Project Title: Roots: The Low Down on Lowcountry Cuisine
Project Director: Annmarie Reiley-Key
Awarded: $6,500; Cost-share: $19,484
The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage created an original exhibit titled “Roots: The Low Down on Lowcountry Food.” The exhibit featured the history of Lowcountry cuisine, highlighting the contributions of the many diverse people of the Lowcountry region, by examining three specific representative dishes, such as Frogmore stew, shrimp and grits, and she crab soup. It was on display from April 29, 2016—February 1, 2017, and the public programs included a grand opening community cook-off as well as a variety of cultural lectures and workshops featuring South Carolina scholars.

Sponsoring Organization: Upcountry History Museum – Furman University
Project Title: Back Where I Come From: The Upcountry’s Piedmont Blues
Project Director: Dana Thorpe
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $58,125
Furman University’s Upcountry History Museum created an original exhibit titled “Back Where I Came From: The Upcountry’s Piedmont Blues” that focuses on local music traditions.

Sponsoring Organization: College of Charleston
Project Title: The College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative
Project Director: Barrye Brown
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $54,495
The College of Charleston launched the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) in June 2015 in response to several tragic events in Charleston, including the shooting of Walter Scott and the mass shooting at Emmanuel AME Church. The RSJI’s mission is to promote public awareness and dialogue about race and social justice issues in Charleston and beyond. In 2016, the RSJI hosted a free, public lecture series featuring three noted speakers: author and activist Marian Wright Edelman on March 1; Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson on March 31; and author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates on October 18.

Sponsoring Organization: Slave Dwelling Project, Inc.
Project Title: Inalienable Rights: Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved
Project Director: Joseph McGill
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $20,000
The Slave Dwelling Project, Inc. hosted a series of four living history days at cultural venues around the state that have extant slave cabins: Woodburn Plantation in Pendleton, Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, The Lexington County Museum, and Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown. The living history presentations included presenters in period dress demonstrating cooking and crafts, as well as storytelling and lectures about the topic of slavery. Each event culminated with a sleepover in an extant slave cabin at the site.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina’s History Center
Project Title: The Reconstruction Era: History and Public Memory
Project Director: Patricia A. Sullivan
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $28,900
The University of South Carolina’s History Center, in partnership with Historic Columbia Foundation, presented a two-day public symposium on the topic of “The Reconstruction Era: History and Public Memory” from April 21 – 22, 2016. The keynote address was delivered by noted historian Eric Foner. The symposium was the first of many programs taking place over the next several years marking the 150th anniversary of Reconstruction.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Research Foundation – University Libraries
Project Title: Shakespeare and His First Folio Project
Project Director: Elizabeth Sudduth
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $46,130
The University of South Carolina Libraries hosted the Folger Shakespeare Library’s traveling exhibition “First Folio!: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare!” from April 14 – 30, 2016. Various special events for all ages took place during the exhibit’s tenure in partnership with many cultural groups in the state, including Richland Library, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company, and the Columbia Museum of Art.

Sponsoring Organization: Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina
Project Title: Radical Son – John Laurens Journey
Project Director: Chris Weatherhead
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $82,895
Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina will create an 83-minute docu-drama titled “Radical Son – John Laurens’ Journey.” The film will tell the often-neglected story of John Laurens and his father Henry Laurens during the Revolutionary War in South Carolina.

Sponsoring Organization: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston
Project Title: Somebody Had to Do It Transcribing and Programming
Project Director: Dr. Mary Battle
Awarded: $6,041; Cost-share: $6,082
The Avery Research Center transcribed 15 oral histories from the Somebody Had to Do It collection of African American “first children” who integrated public schools in the 1950s and 1960s. The newly transcribed and formatted oral histories will be added to the physical collections at the Avery Research Center and the digital collections on the Lowcountry Digital Library; they will also be integrated into an existing online exhibition on the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative.

Sponsoring Organization: Historic Beaufort Foundation
Project Title: Remnants of the Rice Culture: Agricultural History as Art
Project Director: Isabella Reeves
Awarded: $4,000; Cost-share: $29,255
Historic Beaufort Foundation presented a photographic exhibit at the Verdier House Museum from October 20, 2016 – March 31, 2017. “Remnants of the Rice Culture: Agricultural History as Art” examined the Lowcountry’s rice fields and the history of their creation through slave labor.  Several special lectures and events also took place.

Sponsoring Organization:
Allison Creek Presbyterian Church
Project Title: Let the Land Say Amen
Project Director: Patrice Gaines
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $13,825
The Allison Creek Presbyterian Church in York conducted a multi-faceted project about common ground and the history of the community surrounding the church, which includes two historic cemeteries and public trails. They presented a festival “Let the Land Say Amen” in May 2017.

Sponsoring Organization:
Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society) at the Francis Marion University Department of History
Project Title: The American Heritage Festival
Project Director: Paul Graham
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $70,412
The American Heritage Festival is an annual cultural event commemorating Colonial America and the American Revolution that takes place on Graham’s Historic Farm outside of Lake City in Florence County. The 2016 event took December 2 – 4, 2016 and featured a variety of activities, including revolutionary battle re-enactments; musical entertainment; historic lectures and presentations; a Colonial Christmas village with presentations on cooking, blacksmithing, wood working, furniture building; and more.

Sponsoring Organization: Historic Columbia
Project Title: Hampton-Preston Mansion African American Interpretation Revitalization
Project Director: John Sherrer
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $62,330
Historic Columbia Foundation will launch new interpretation efforts at the historic Hampton-Preston Mansion in downtown Columbia. The product will be a more complete interpretation that integrates the stories of enslaved persons and post-emancipation domestic workers into the exhibits, tour scripts, web materials, and programming platforms; this side of the home’s history has not been well-told before, and the exhibits that do touch on it are currently located in the basement, which is often overlooked. The timeline to complete these revitalized interpretive elements is approximately one year.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation
Project Title: The Black Pearl: Recalling the History and Cultural Heritage of South Carolina’s Atlantic Beach
Project Director: Jannie Harriot
Awarded: $6,000; Cost-share: $9,000
The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation partnered with the Town of Atlantic Beach, SC to present three interactive public programs as part of a year-long recognition of Atlantic Beach’s 50th anniversary. The public programs promoted the understanding of the social and cultural contributions of Atlantic Beach in particular and the African American population of South Carolina at large, including to social dances like the shag.

Sponsoring Organization: Gullah/Geechee Angel Network
Project Title: Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day: Ready for the Family Reunion: An Interactive Workshop Digitizing Gullah/Geechee Records for the Next Generation
Project Director: Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine
Awarded: $3,700; Cost-share: $13,000
The Gullah/Geechee Angel Network conducted a day-long history harvest and public program to document and celebrate Gullah/Geechee heritage and history. The program was presented in partnership with the St. Helena Branch of the Beaufort County Library and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and took place in April 2017.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina – Anthropology Department
Project Title: Intimate Grammars: A Diné (Navajo) Poetry Panel
Project Director: Anna Hamer
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $3,000
The University of South Carolina Anthropology Department presented a public program featuring linguistic anthropologist Anthony Webster and Navajo poets Laura Tohe and Rex Lee Jim discussing “intimate grammars,” emotionally saturated language often used by and meaningful to particular cultures. The program took place on November 4, 2016 at the McKissick Museum in Columbia.

Sponsoring Organization: USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center
Project Title: South Carolina Prehistory Exhibit: Sharing a Little of that Human Touch
Project Director: Christopher Judge
Awarded: $7,723; Cost-share: $10,110
The USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center created an exhibit on South Carolina Prehistory titled “Share a Little of that Human Touch” that opened to the public on March 16, 2017. A series of public programs took place over the opening weekend, including a gathering of Native American tribal leaders, guided exhibit tours, lectures, and public programs for students and the general public on “12,000 Years in 45 Minutes.” The exhibit will be open for at least three years.

Sponsoring Organization: Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Project Title: Deckle Edge Literary Festival 2017
Project Director: Annie Boiter-Jolley
Awarded: $4,000; Cost-share: $26,000
Deckle Edge Literary Festival presented their second annual event scheduled for February 24 – 26, 2017 in Columbia. The festival featured a variety of authors and presenters in panels, readings, book signings, workshops, as well as other special events including activities for children.

Mini and Planning Grants

Sponsoring Organization: Converse College
Project Title: Okra to Opera 2: The Converse Conference on Southern Culture
Project Director: Dr. Anita Rose
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $9,825
Converse College presented their third biennial “Okra to Opera: The Converse Conference on Southern Culture” on April 8 – 9, 2016 in Spartanburg. The conference theme for 2016 was southern storytelling, a broad topic that alloweed interdisciplinary discussion from a number of humanities disciplines.

Sponsoring Organization: Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society
Project Title: Capturing the 20th Century History of Edisto Island Through Oral History – Phase II
Project Director: Gretchen Smith
Awarded: $1,800; cost-share: $1,885.70
The Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society conducted the second phase of their oral history project “Capturing the 20th Century History of Edisto Island,” which included taking 6 new oral histories of older adults who have lived on Edisto Island and transcribing 12 completed oral histories for archival on the Lowcountry Digital Library, the Edisto Island Museum website, and also for use in an eventual museum exhibit.

Sponsoring Organization: Winthrop University Department of English
Project Title: Winthrop University Writers Reading Series
Project Director: Dustin Hoffman
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,150
Winthrop University presented a two-part writers series in Spring 2016. Two writers were featured in programs that included a reading, a discussion with a scholar, and a Q&A with the audience. The selected writers were Stephanie Griest, a creative nonfiction author of four award-winning travel memoirs, and Metta-Sama Melvin, a South African poet.

Sponsoring Organization: Georgetown County Historical Society
Project Title: Broadening Perspectives of Georgetown County History
Project Director: Mary Boyd
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $5,462
Georgetown County Historical Society presented a series of monthly historical lectures focusing on the history of Georgetown County and South Carolina in 2016.

Sponsoring Organization: Celebrate Bluffton, Inc.
Project Title: Bluffton Buddy APP
Project Director: Robert Newman
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $3,250
Celebrate Bluffton, Inc. facilitated the creation of a new APP called “The Bluffton Buddy” which allows residents of and visitors to Bluffton to learn about Bluffton’s history, culture, and traditions. The APP is free and made available through the App Store for Apple IOS devices and from Google Play for Android devices.

Sponsoring Organization: Lowcountry Civil War Roundtable
Project Title: The Battle of Rivers’ Bridge
Project Director: John Kemp
Awarded: $500; cost-share: $2,100
The Lowcountry Civil War Roundtable offered a lecture about and bus tour to the Rivers’ Bridge State Historical Site in May 2016.

Sponsoring Organization: Greenville Jewish Federation
Project Title: Triumph of the Soul: A Beautiful Love: Two Stories of Holocaust Survival
Project Director: Amy Vaz and Amy Hammer
Awarded: $500; cost-share: $7,762
The Greenville Jewish Federation brought two Holocaust survivors, Norbert and Gerda Bikales, to South Carolina to do four presentations in Greenville and Spartanburg from April 11 – April 14, 2016.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Historical Society
Project Title: Liberty Week in South Carolina
Project Director: Ashley Darland
Awarded: $1,859; cost-share: $2,023
The South Carolina Historical Society supported a series of public programs around the state in June and July 2016 about South Carolina’s role in the Revolutionary War.

Sponsoring Organization: USC Lancaster Native American Studies Program
Project Title: Share a Little of That Human Touch: A Workshop to Design a Multi-Sensory Exhibit on South Carolina Native American Prehistory
Project Director: Christopher Judge
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,076
USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Program held a three-day workshop to bring together stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds to brainstorm about the creation of a major exhibit on Prehistoric South Carolina that opened at USC Lancaster in March 2017.

Sponsoring Organization: Columbia Museum of Art
Project Title: Daufuskie Memories: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
Project Director: Joelle Ryan-Cook
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $8,300
The Columbia Museum of Art brought photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe to Columbia for two public lectures and book signings during the tenure of the exhibit Daufuskie Memories: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe from May 27 – August 7, 2016.

Sponsoring Organization: The Institute for Public Service and Policy Research, University of South Carolina
Project Title: Civil Rights Champions Colloquium
Project Director: Robert Oldendick
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $3,000
The proposed “Civil Rights Champions Colloquium” brought together approximately 70 educators, historians, and activists to discuss how the publication Champions of Civil and Human Rights in South Carolina: Volume 1(editor: Marvin Lare) could be best shared around the state through public programs and curriculum.

Sponsoring Organization: College of Charleston
Project Title: A Different Language is a Different Vision of Life: Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival
Project Director: Giovanna DeLuca
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $27,580
The College of Charleston presented the 10th Annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival on October 6-9, 2016 at the Sotille Theatre.

Sponsoring Organization: Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society
Project Title: Walterboro’s House: An Open House and Re-Interpretation of the Bedon-Lucas House
Project Director: Sarah E. Miller
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,900
The Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society conducted a reinterpretation of the historic Bedon-Lucas House and hosted an open house program, which introduced the newly-interpreted house to the public.

Sponsoring Organization: Chesterfield County Library System
Project Title: The True Spirit of Christmas: Charles Dickens Style
Project Director: Michael Kaltwang
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $3,000
The Chesterfield County Library presented “The True Spirit of Christmas: Charles Dickens Style” programming on December 3, 2016 in Cheraw, SC. A family-oriented public program took place at the Matheson Library featuring storyteller Tim Lowry telling the classic story of A Christmas Carol and demonstrating Victorian era games and dance. Tim Lowry also performed readings from A Christmas Carol, in character as Charles Dickens, at a ticketed Dinner Theatre event. These events were part of the annual Cheraw Christmas Festival.

Sponsoring Organization: Nickelodeon Theatre
Project Title: Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers
Project Director: Kristin Morris
Awarded: $1,250; cost-share: $19,500
The Nickelodeon Theatre presented a three-day film festival titled “Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers” that took place November 11 – 13, 2016 in Columbia. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the film Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash (first feature film directed by an African American woman to receive national theatrical distribution), the festival featured shorts, feature films, and documentaries by emerging female filmmakers.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina
Project Title: Gary Paul Nabhan Speaks on Conservation of Food Diversity
Project Director: Gail E. Wagner
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $6,086
The University of South Carolina brought noted nature writer and ethnobiologist Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan to participate in a series of events, including a keynote lecture, from October 19 – 20, 2016 in Columbia. His main presentation was on the topic of “Conservation You Can Taste: The Role of Ethnobiologists in the Collaborative Conservation of Food Diversity.”

Sponsoring Organization: Lowcountry Civil War Roundtable
Project Title: Fort Pulaski
Project Director: George Loud
Awarded: $500; cost-share: $1,985
The Lowcountry Civil War Roundtable presented a two-part program in early 2017 about Fort Pulaski, a national monument dating to the Civil War that is located near Savannah, GA.

Fast Track Literary Grants

Sponsoring Organization: Clemson University
Project Title: Clemson University Literary Festival
Project Director: Nic Brown
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $3,000
Clemson University presented their ninth annual Clemson University Literary Festival, a “town and gown” event that featured 10 nationally-known writers, including headliner Charles Simic. The event took place April 6 – 8, 2016 and was free and open to the public.

Sponsoring Organization: Newberry County Literacy Council
Project Title: Newberry County’s Big Read
Project Director: Barbara Chapman
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,800
The Newberry County Literacy Council coordinated a county-wide “Big Read” program featuring Ron Rash’s book The World Made Straight that took place in January and February 2016.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina – Union
Project Title: 5th Annual Upcountry Literary Festival
Project Director: Randy Ivey
Awarded: $2,500; cost-share: $2,500
The University of South Carolina-Union presented their 5th Annual Upcountry Literary Festival on March 18 – 19, 2016. They event featured over 20 authors from a variety of genres in readings, workshops, panel discussions, and performances.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Dharma Group
Project Title: Literature in Prison
Project Director: Nancy Kreml
Awarded: $1,080; cost-share: $1,250
The “Literature in Prison” program took place at the Broad River Correctional Institute in Richland County. Monthly book discussions with up to 15 inmates took place using works of literature intended to help them improve literacy, awareness of the world, and empathy.

Sponsoring Organization: Greenville Wordsmiths
Project Title: Saturday Writing Club
Project Director: Adrienne Burris
Awarded: $500; cost-share: $2,912
The Greenville Wordsmiths presented a free, twice-monthly writing club for students ages 9 – 14 that took place at the Augusta Road Library in Greenville. Student participants worked one-on-one with program volunteers to experiment with words and publish a professional-quality collection of their own stories and poems.

Sponsoring Organization: One Columbia for Arts & History
Project Title: Deckle Edge
Project Director: Darien Cavanaugh
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $40,500
The inaugural Deckle Edge Literary Festival took place February 19 – 21, 2016 in Columbia. The event featured 50+ authors at a variety of downtown Columbia venues.

Sponsoring Organization: Charleston County Public Library
Project Title: Storytelling as Peacebuilding
Project Director: Cynthia Bledsoe
Awarded: $500; cost-share: $3,000
Charleston County Public Library presented two programs featuring the President of the International Storytelling Center, Kiran Singh Sirah. He gave a presentation to the general public in Charleston as well as a workshop with teens, both on the theme of “Storytelling as Peacebuilding,” with the goal of engaging the Charleston community in a larger discussion of racial equality, social justice, and healing. The presentation and workshop took place in February 2016.

Sponsoring Organization: Community Foundation of Greenville
Project Title: Read Up
Project Director: Lee Yarborough
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $75,900
“Read Up” is a new literary festival geared towards Middle Grade and Young Adult readers that took place August 6, 2016 in Greenville.

Sponsoring Organization: Berkeley County Library System
Project Title: Tri-County Literacy Celebration
Project Director: Donna Worden
Awarded: $2,500; cost-share: $10,400
The Berkeley County Library System presented their second annual Tri-County Literary Celebration on February 6, 2016 at the Santee Canal State Park in Moncks Corner.

Sponsoring Organization: Anderson County Library System
Project Title: Electric City ComicCon
Project Director: Faith Line
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,000
Anderson County Library System presented their second annual “Electric City ComiCon” on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The event featured science fiction, fantasy, and graphic novels.

Sponsoring Organization: Greenville County Library System
Project Title: 2016 Southern Authors Festival
Project Director: Lee Turza
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $5,150
Greenville County Library System presented their second annual Southern Author Festival on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  The festival featured Wiley Cash, Ron Rash, George Singleton, Randall Wilhelm, Ashley Warlick, Sue Lile Inman, and Elizabeth Drewry.

Sponsoring Organization: Cherokee County Public Library
Project Title: Author Bill Jameson
Project Director: Jennifer Kadanec
Awarded: $900; cost-share: $1,100
Cherokee County Public Library partnered with the Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society to host author, songwriter, and filmmaker Bill Jamerson in a public program on March 28, 2016.

Sponsoring Organization: Hub City Writers Project
Project Title: Writers Well Youth Fellowship Retreat
Project Director: Betsy Teter
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $6,550
Hub City Writers Project in Spartanburg presented a new four-day residency writing program for black teen girls on July 20 – 23, 2016 . The students were chosen through an application process, and participants spent four days and three nights on the Converse campus participating in a series of writing and performance workshops led by noted local spoken word artists.

Sponsoring Organization: Heritage Library Foundation
Project Title: Lowcountry Reads for the Holidays Bookfair
Project Director: Linda Piekut
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $10,150
The Heritage Library Foundation presented the second annual “Lowcountry Reads for the Holidays Book Fair” at the Christ Lutheran Church in Hilton Head Island on November 11 – 12, 2016.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina/USC Beaufort
Project Title: Pat Conroy Literary Festival
Project Director: Bonnie Hargrove
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $42,288
The Pat Conroy Literary Festival took place in Beaufort on October 20 – 23, 2016. The event featured more than 35 authors in a variety of lectures, book signings, panel discussions, and special events. Ron Rash was the keynote.

Sponsoring Organization: Whitmire Economic Development Board
Project Title: Benilde Little Author Talks and Book Signings
Project Director: Jamala Wallace
Awarded: $1,900; cost-share: $1,900
The Whitmire Economic Development Board in partnership with several local county libraries brought author Benilde Little to do public programs in Newberry and Chester Counties in early 2017.

Sponsoring Organization: The Watering Hole Poetry Organization
Project Title: The Watering Hole 2016 Winter Retreat and Residency
Project Director: Candace G. Wiley
Awarded: $2,675; cost-share: $3,300
The Watering Hole is an online community dedicated to poets of color. Their 2016 Winter Retreat and Residency took place December 26 – 30, 2016 at Santee State Park in Orangeburg County and featured five faculty members: Evie Shockley, L. Lamar Wilson, Bettina Judd, Dasan Ahanu, and Sharan Strange. Two readings were open to the general public on December 26 and 29.

Sponsoring Organization: The Rensing Center
Project Title: The Rensing Library Festival
Project Director: Ellen Kochansky
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $3,000
The Rensing Center is a nonprofit organization located in Pickens County that nourishes creative capability and environmental awareness through artist residencies and other programming. They held a one-day mini literary festival called the “Rensing Library Festival” in November 2016.

For more information about the Grants Program or any of SC Humanities‘s funded projects, please contact Theresa (T.J.) Wallace, the Assistant Director, at 803-771-2477.