2017 Awarded Grants

The following grants were awarded by SC Humanities in fiscal year 2017 (November 1, 2016 – October 31, 2017).

Major Grants

Sponsoring Organization: SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
Project Title: “’make no Doubt we shall carry this post…’ The History and Archaeology of Fort Motte”
Project Director: Fritz Hamer
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $3,163
The SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum has created a traveling exhibition about the 10-day siege and battle of Fort Motte in May 1781. “’Make no Doubt we shall carry this post’: The History and Archaeology of Fort Motte” consists of 15 exhibit panels, 8 reproduction artifacts, and lesson plans and is available through the SC State Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Program.

Sponsoring Organization: The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
Project Title: The Boxcar Children Exhibit and Related Programming
Project Director: Nancy Halverson
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $195,580
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) has created a major original exhibit, The Boxcar Children, based on the famous children’s book published in 1942. The exhibit focuses on themes of literacy, family, resourcefulness, and empathy and will be on display at the museum through May 2018.

Sponsoring Organization: Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
Project Title: Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in WWII
Project Director: Annmarie Reiley-Kay
Awarded: $7,000; Cost-share: $20,432
The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage presented an original exhibit titled Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in WWII. The exhibit consisted of 20 small graphic panels, a photo booth, a film of interviews with local living veterans and civilians, and a children’s “learn and play” dress-up corner.

Sponsoring Organization: Columbia Film Society (the Nickelodeon Theatre)
Project Title: Indie Grits: Visiones
Project Director: Seth Gadsden
Awarded: $7,500; Cost-share: $289,000
The Nickelodeon Theatre presented the 11th Annual Indie Grits Film Festival in April 2017 with the theme “Visiones,” celebrating Latino arts and culture.  In addition to film screenings, events included a keynote address by artist Alfredo Salazar-Caro as part of the “Indie Bits” new media exhibition, a public lecture and Q&A by artist-in-residence Favianna Rodriguez, a multi-venue art exhibition, a filmmaker roundtable, “Kindie Grits” educational workshops for students, and a concert, among other events. The film screenings focused on the work of filmmakers from across the Southeastern U.S. and all of Latin America.

Sponsoring Organization: Allison Creek Presbyterian Church
Project Title: Let The Land Say Amen
Project Director: Patrice Gaines
Awarded: $6,585; Cost-share: $13,000
Allison Creek Presbyterian Church presented the festival “Let the Land Say Amen” on May 6-7, 2017. The event took place on the historic church’s property, which includes two historic cemeteries and public trails. On Saturday, May 6, there were tours with costumed interpreters, strolling banjos, period games for children, a lecture and demonstration by a banjo historian, and the premiere of the short documentary “Allison Creek: From the KKK to Liberia, One Church’s Quest to Reconcile Itself.” On Sunday, May 7, there was a joint church service and the unveiling of a historic marker from the SC Department of Archives and History at the site of the home of Reverend Elias Hill.

Sponsoring Organization: Read Up Greenville Inc.
Project Title: Read Up 2017
Project Director: Lee Yarborough
Awarded: $6,000; Cost-share: $54,700
Read Up Greenville presented the Read Up literary festival for young adults and middle grades on October 21, 2017, featuring approximately 30 authors in panel presentations and signings.

Sponsoring Organization: College of Charleston
Project Title: The Charleston Civil Rights Film Festival
Project Director: Jon Hale
Awarded: $5,000; Cost-share: $8,000
The College of Charleston presented the “Charleston Civil Rights Film Festival” on April 19 – 21, 2017. The three-day festival included the screening of three films, a student and filmmaker workshop, a public humanities lecture, and a film workshop led by actor Danny Glover for students at Burke High School.

Sponsoring Organization: Southern Documentary Fund
Project Title: Untitled Appalachia in the Media Documentary Film
Project Director: Sally Rubin
Awarded: $1,500; Cost-share: $41,030
The documentary on “Appalachia in the Media” will examine media portrayals of Appalachia and will include such themes as: media literacy and representation, accents and dialect, Appalachia as a microcosm of America, othering, Appalachia as a cultural construct, identity politics and intersectionality, and several others. The project creators are planning to create a feature-length version of the film, a one-hour version of the film for PBS broadcast, and a curriculum and discussion guide for community screenings and classroom use.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina – Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS)
Project Title: Sankofa Saturday Academy
Project Director: Gloria Boutte
Awarded: $2,000; Cost-share: $7,692
The University of South Carolina’s Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students is planning a Saturday Academy for elementary school students in Richland School District One. The subject of the academy will be African and Africa American history and culture.

Sponsoring Organization: ETV Endowment of South Carolina
Project Title: Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water, and Culture of the Sea Islands
Project Director: Denise McGill
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $128,765
Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water, and Culture of the Sea Islands is a proposed one-hour film that will follow a group of African-American farmers on St. Helena Island who are struggling to make a living off of their land. The documentary will investigate three threats to sustainability of Gullah-owned farms and fishing operations: heirs property, real estate development, and changes in the agricultural market. The film is intended for public television and will be submitted to film festivals. The anticipated completion date is January 2018.

Sponsoring Organization: Columbia Museum of Art
Project Title: Salvador Dali’s Fantastical Fairy Tales
Project Director: Joelle Ryan-Cook
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $21,135
Columbia Museum of Art presented the exhibit Salvador Dali’s Fantastical Fairy Tales from March 11 – May 21, 2017. The exhibit featured 37 colorful prints from The Dali Museum as well as a variety of illustrated texts from the Special Collections division of the Thomas Cooper Library. The museum created a mobile “TAP” tour to go along with the exhibit, featuring interviews with several humanities scholar, and they produced thematic cards that connect the art with books, music, and films available at Richland Library.

Sponsoring Organization: Francis Marion University
Project Title: Beyond Mother Emanuel & The Confederate Flag: A Symposium on Race, Culture, and Understanding
Project Director: Jon W. Tuttle
Awarded: $6,375; Cost-share: $6,409
Francis Marion University will present a three-day symposium on February 26 – 27, 2018 on the topic “Beyond Mother Emanuel & The Confederate Flag: A Symposium on Race, Culture, and Understanding.” Each day will consist of a lecture and panel discussion, followed by a call to action to consider “what’s next” and a reception. Featured speakers include Kevin Alexander Grey, author of The Decline of Black Politics; Dr. Leo Twiggs; and Dr. Cleveland Sellers.

Sponsoring Organization: Dorchester County Archives & History Center
Project Title: Veteran’s Exhibit and Memorial Day 2018 Ceremony
Project Director: LaClaire Mizell
Awarded: $5,000; Cost-share: $13,074
The Dorchester County Archives & History Center will create an exhibit about Veterans/Active Duty Personnel that will span the Revolutionary War to the most recent conflicts. The exhibit will include artifacts and memorabilia like uniforms, medals, and weapons, and a database will be developed that includes oral histories of veterans from Dorchester County. The exhibit will open to the public on Memorial Day 2018 (May 28) with a ceremony honoring all veterans and military personnel.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina Upstate
Project Title: The Literature of Caregiving: Fostering a Humanities-Based Culture of Care
Project Director: Esther Godfrey
Awarded: $2,600; Cost-share: $5,117
The University of South Carolina – Upstate will partner with the Charles Lea Center, which provides services to people with intellectual disabilities or chronic medical conditions, to present a pilot reading and discussion program for medical caregivers that is modeled after the Literature & Medicine program from the Maine Humanities Council. Approximately 20 caregivers employed by the Charles Lea Center will participate in a 10-week workshop led by humanities scholar Dr. George Williams to discuss literary texts that present representations of caregivers. The participants will also work on a group project that will use digital technologies to create a record of participants’ insights and will be a new collective narrative about the nature of caregiving. The pilot program will culminate with a public event open to a general audience, including additional caregivers, that will be a discussion of the insights about caregiving gleaned in the workshop.

Sponsoring Organization: Olympia-Granby Historical Foundation
Project Title: Olympia-Granby Mill Village Museum
Project Director: Staci Richey
Amount Requested: $4,600; Cost-share: $7,700
The Olympia-Granby Historical Foundation will create an exhibit about mill village life in South Carolina to be installed at the new Olympia-Granby Mill Village Museum located in the first Olympia Mill Village School in Columbia. The exhibit will include 17 interior panels and four exterior panels as well as artifacts and interactive components like an audio recording of sounds of a textile mill village. The exhibit will be in production from November 1, 2017 through the spring, with the expectation of it being completed and installed by June 2018.

Sponsoring Organization: Historic Columbia
Project Title: Reconstruction’s Legacy: The History and Contemporary Significance of the Fourteenth Amendment
Project Director: Robin Waites
Awarded: $6,000; Cost-share: $24,900
Historic Columbia in partnership with the University of South Carolina History Center will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment with a public symposium on “Reconstruction’s Legacy: The History and Contemporary Significance of the Fourteenth Amendment.” The symposium will take place April 18 – 20, 2018 at various venues in Columbia including Allen University, Columbia Museum of Art, and the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Featured speakers will include Randall Kennedy of Harvard Law School (Thursday evening keynote) and David Levering Lewis of New York University (Friday lunch keynote).

Sponsoring Organization:
 The Citadel
Project Title: Los Ecos Del Lowcountry
Project Director: Kerry Taylor
Awarded: $5,764; Cost-share: $12,926
The Citadel Oral History Program will support the creation of a traveling multimedia art exhibition titled “Los Ecos Del Lowcountry.”  The exhibit will feature 20 Latino visual artists who have been commissioned to create original artwork based on their interpretations of oral history interviews taken in 2013. It is anticipated that the exhibit will open in Charleston in August or September 2018 and also travel to Columbia and Greenville in 2019. The Citadel is planning on producing a printed catalog and an educational website to accompany the exhibit, as well as presenting several public programs such as “The Lowcountry—New Immigrant Destination in the Southeast” and “Music and Immigration.”

Sponsoring Organization: ETV Endowment of South Carolina
Project Title: Charlie’s Place
Project Director: Betsy Newman
Awarded: $6.750; Cost-share: $83,641
SCETV will create a 30-minute documentary titled “Charlie’s Place” intended to air as part of the Carolina Stories program in early 2018. “Charlie’s Place” tells the story of Charlie Fitzgerald and his Myrtle Beach nightclub, Charlie’s Place, which was a significant stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit of black nightclubs in the segregated South and which was attacked by the Ku Klux Klan in 1950.  The documentary will be offered for national broadcast to all PBS stations.

Sponsoring Organization: James Agee Film Project
Project Title: At The Common Table: People, Place, and Food in the American South
Project Director: Jamie S. Ross
Awarded: $4,000; Cost-share: $30,966
The James Agee Film Project will support the creation of a 58-minute, feature-length documentary about the multiethnic roots of Southern food titled At the Common Table: People, Place, and Food in the American South. The documentary is intended for national primetime broadcast on PBS, and a rough cut is expected to be ready approximately a year from now. Themes for the film include how food can help us understand and communicate the past; the deep roots of Southern food and culture in Native America, Africa, and Europe; and how Southern food has been intertwined with southern identity from the beginning to the present. Several South Carolina scholars are key consultants on the film, and there will be many scenes featuring South Carolina locations, food events, and people.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Archives & History Foundation
Project Title: South Carolina’s Reconstruction: Restoration, Revolution, Reaction
Project Director: Patrick McCawley
Awarded: $4,770; Cost-share: $7,327
The South Carolina Department of Archives and History (SCDAH) will present an exhibit titled South Carolina’s Reconstruction: Restoration, Revolution, Reaction from April – November 2018. The exhibit will use the collections held by SCDAH to highlight key themes of Reconstruction like citizenship, land and labor, and education. Original copies of three of South Carolina’s constitutions – those written in 1865, 1868, and 1895 – will anchor the exhibit. A virtual exhibit will also be created for the SCDAH website.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina State University/I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium
Project Title: Resistance, Reform, & Reasoning: The Orangeburg Massacre & Its Aftermath 50 Years Later
Project Director: Frank Martin
Awarded: $5,764; Cost-share: $13,796
The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at South Carolina State University will produce two exhibits and a series of public lectures on the topic of “Resistance, Reform & Reasoning: The Orangeburg Massacre & Its Aftermath 50 Years Later.” The 50th anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre will take place on February 8, 2018, and these special programs will take place from February 6 – April 7, 2018. One exhibit will be photographic works by Cecil Williams documenting the events that culminated in the Orangeburg Massacre, and the other will be images created by a diverse group of artists. Additionally, there will be at least three public colloquia: “Creating Change: Student Protest as Public Moral Consciousness,” “Envisioning Controversy: Image, Idea, and Human Tragedy,” and “Discussions on Civil Rights, Gender, and Inclusion: Who Sits at the Table and Why.” One of the purposes of the project is to establish an intergenerational dialogue regarding the changing meaning and significance of the term “Civil Rights.

Sponsoring Organization: Claflin University
Project Title: Cecil J. Williams Image Collection Preservation and Digitalization Project
Project Director: Morgan Montgomery
Awarded: $5,000; Cost-share: $5,000
Claflin University is working on the preservation and digitalization of The Cecil J. Williams Historically Significant Image Collection. The collection has an estimated 250,000 negatives spanning more than 50 years. The digitized collection will be made available to researchers and the general public at no cost to view or use low-resolution reproductions. The collection will be shared with all of South Carolina’s digital libraries as well as SCETV’s Knowitall.org.

Sponsoring Organization: Town of Estill
Project Title: “Growing Strong Together” 2017 Estill Fall Festival
Project Director: 
Heather Docalavich-Bruemmer
Awarded: $5,200; Cost-share: $27,400
The Town of Estill presented their fall festival “Growing Strong Together” on November 8 – 11, 2017.  The event was reimagined in 2017 to include more cultural programming, such as a “Taste of Tradition” community meal featuring family recipes; a “Remembering Our Roots” history harvest for senior citizens of Estill; a special night of enrichment for children featuring a presentation by Sharon Cooper-Murray; and a Harvest Celebration featuring historical hayrides and more. The anticipated outcome is empowering citizens of Estill to be more engaged and invested in preserving its past for a bright future.

Mini and Planning Grants

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina History Center
Project Title: Stanley Nelson: Documenting African American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights
Project Director: Patricia Sullivan
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $6,022
The USC History Center brought noted documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson to Columbia on March 29 – 31, 2017. He participated in two major events, including a preview screening of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Leading up to this visit, they presented a film series highlighting Nelson’s work from January – March 2017.

Sponsoring Organization: Greenville Chautauqua
Project Title: “I Can!” – a Chautauqua History Alive interactive program about the African-American North Pole explorer Matthew Henson
Project Director: Caroline McIntyre
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,100
Greenville Chautuaqua brought a Chautauqua scholar (Keith Henley from NJ) to Greenville to present as African American North Pole explorer Matthew Henson to five schools in Greenville County: Carolina High School, Tanglewood Middle School, Legacy Charter Middle School, Legacy Charter High Schol, and Welcome Elementary. The programming took place during Black History Month, from February 9 – 10, 2017.

Sponsoring Organization: Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Project Title: Engage, Empower, Transform
Project Director: Ellen Zisholtz
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $10,900
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College hosted a series of monthly documentary screenings with scholar-led discussions that will take place in February, March, and April 2017. The films featured were: Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun (February 23), Rosenwald (March 16), and The Ipson Saga (April 20).

Sponsoring Organization: Pat Conroy Literary Center
Project Title: Pat Conroy Literary Center Strategic Planning Retreat
Project Director: Jonathan Haupt
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $6,000
The newly-formed Pat Conroy Literary Center conducted a strategic planning retreat in February 2017. The retreat was led by facilitator Dr. Page Putnam Miller to establish short-term and long-term goals, including a strategic plan, updated bylaws, and position descriptions for staff.

Sponsoring Organization: Georgetown County Library
Project Title: The Lebanese Legacy of Georgetown County, SC
Project Director: Dwight McInvaill
Awarded: $830; cost-share: $1,480
Georgetown County Library brought two scholars from North Carolina State University’s Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies to Georgetown for a planning meeting to organize a major project about the Lebanese community located in Georgetown County. Ultimately, the Georgetown County Library plans to present a multi-faceted project including lectures, oral history creation and dissemination, a history harvest, and an exhibition.

Sponsoring Organization: Historic Charleston Foundation
Project Title: Revitalizing Historic Charleston Foundation’s Oral History Program to Preserve the Stories of a Changing City
Project Director: Katherine Pemberton
Awarded: $1,040; cost-share: $2,053
Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) is in the process of revitalizing their oral history program. They purchased some permanent equipment that enables them to more easily and cost-effectively collect oral histories in the long-term, and HCF staff received trainings from a professional videographer and oral history professionals to learn how to use the equipment and take better oral histories. This is the first phase of their oral history revitalization project, which will eventually also include taking oral histories of owners of historic properties and making those histories available through distribution online and in public programs.

Sponsoring Organization: Charleston Promise Neighborhood
Project Title: Humanities Enrichment Through Expanded Learning Time Afterschool Programming
Project Director: Katie McCabe
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $15,210
The Charleston Promise Neighborhood helps families in a part of Charleston County to make sure they have the support they need to thrive. They presented their Extended Learning Time program at three high-poverty schools in the promise neighborhood. The ~500 students who participated in these after-school programs received an enrichment block that includes interactive humanities programming from such providers as: Wona Womalan African Drumming & Dance, The Charleston Museum, Historic Charleston Foundation, Redux Contemporary Arts Center, and the Citadel Young Authors program.

Sponsoring Organization: ETV Endowment of South Carolina
Project Title: Charlie’s Place
Project Director: Betsy Newman
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,298
ETV Endowment of South Carolina implemented the planning phase of a documentary entitled Charlie’s Place that is expected to premiere on the Carolina Stories program of SCETV in early 2018. The documentary examines the story of Charlie Fitzgerald and his Myrtle Beach nightclub, Charlie’s Place, which was a significant stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit of black nightclubs in the segregated South and which was attacked by the Ku Klux Klan in 1950.

Sponsoring Organization: Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Project Title: Food For Thought Lecture with Will Goins: Native Roots, Healing Roots
Project Director: Pat Goodwin
Awarded: $1,250; cost-share: $3,000
The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach presented a lecture on July 12, 2017 featuring scholar Will Goins speaking about “Native Roots, Healing Roots.” The lecture by Will Goins was one of a series of nine lectures about Southern foodways that accompanied the exhibit Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South.

Sponsoring Organization: Blackville Music and Art Festival
Project Title: Blackville Music and Art Festival
Project Director: Bobby Harley
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $7,131
The Blackville Music and Art Festival took place May 19 – 20, 2017. Two humanities scholars presented programs: Donald West of Trident Technical College and Damon Fordham of Charleston Southern University. Other activities included art and craft displays, musical performances, vendors, and a parade.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Historical Society
Project Title: Liberty Week in South Carolina
Project Director: EmmaLee Boykin
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $3,500
The South Carolina Historical Society presented their “Liberty Week in South Carolina” programming in June – July 2017, which included lectures by Doug MacIntyre on “Devoted to the Cause of Liberty” at Aiken County Historical Museum and at Florence County Library. The collective programming wasintended to educate the South Carolina public on the state’s rich Revolutionary War history.

Sponsoring Organization: Georgetown County Historical Society
Project Title: Broadening Perspectives Of Georgetown County History
Project Director: Elizabeth McKee
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $4,307
The Georgetown County Historical Society presented a series of monthly lectures on Georgetown County history from June – December 2017.

Sponsoring Organization: Presbyterian College
Project Title: Oral History of Racial Integration at Clinton and Lydia Cotton Mills
Project Director: Dave Chatham
Awarded: $1,955; cost-share: $4,141
Presbyterian College is coordinating an oral history project for the communities of Clinton and Lydia in Laurens County about racial integration of the textile mills. Ultimately, the oral histories will be made available at the Presbyterian College Archives, and edited audio narratives will be available online.

Sponsoring Organization: Taw Caw Community Outreach Center
Project Title: America’s Reconstruction: The Untold Story
Project Director: Lawrence Hammett
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,900
Taw Caw Community Outreach Center presented an exhibit and question and answer session about the Briggs vs. Elliott case in Summerton, SC in July 2017.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina
Project Title: American Jewish Humor in an Era of Ethnic Sensibility and Cultural Competence
Project Director: Stanley Dubinsky
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,000
The University of South Carolina will present a conference on the subject of current perspectives on humor, with an emphasis on racial, ethnic, and gender-based humor and its place in the current social and political climate. “American Jewish Humor in an Era of Ethnic Sensibility and Cultural Competence” will take place in Columbia on April 29 – 30, 2018.

Sponsoring Organization: Heritage Library Foundation
Project Title: Historic Zion Forum
Project Director: Richard Thomas
Awarded: $1,400; cost-share: $21,895
The Historic Zion Forum took place on October 13, 2017 in Beaufort with the goal to raise awareness of the history of the Beaufort District in the Revolutionary War and the plantation era. The Forum was a one-day event that included a morning panel, a luncheon, an afternoon panel, and a reception. The Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery and particularly its Baynard Mausoleum, an antebellum building dating to 1846, were the focus of some of the discussions.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina State University
Project Title: South Carolina Project on Language and Culture Conference
Project Director: Sukari B. Salone
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $3,110
South Carolina State University presented the second “South Carolina Project on Language and Culture Conference” on October 6, 2017 in Orangeburg.  The conference was on the theme of “America’s Southern Cultures and Identities.”

Sponsoring Organization: Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission
Project Title: Gullah Geechee Watch Night & Emancipation Day Celebration Planning Effort
Project Director: Dr. J. Herman Blake
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $18,745
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission presented a series of planning meetings to develop a plan for commemorating Watch Night (December 31) and Emancipation Day (January 1) in South Carolina. These dates used to be more regularly observed by the Gullah communities in South Carolina and beyond, although the tradition has now fallen out of practice. They coordinated planning meetings in locations in coastal South Carolina (Beaufort/St. Helena, Hilton Head, Georgetown, and Little River) to gather faith leaders from the Gullah and white communities, community improvement associations, and social organizations to discuss celebrations of Watch Night 2017 and Emancipation Day 2018.

Sponsoring Organization: Clemson University
Project Title: Black Clemson
Project Director: Dr. Rhondda Thomas
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,000
Clemson University will explore the development of an interactive traveling museum exhibition titled “Black Clemson,” which will examine the story of Black Americans’ journey from slavery to integration on Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation. The completed traveling exhibition will be displayed at Clemson University and the Upcountry History Museum, as well as other locations around South Carolina.

Sponsoring Organization: The Jasper Project
Project Title: Syzygy: The Solar Eclipse Plays (& Poetry)
Project Director: Cynthia Boiter
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $4,450
The Jasper Project presented a unique three-part literary program about and in response to the total solar eclipse that took place in South Carolina on Monday, August 21, 2017. Six ten-minute plays and nine poems were commissioned that were presented at a special program on August 17, prior to the eclipse. Additionally, a culminating panel took place after the eclipse to facilitate public interaction and reflection on the eclipse and the literary contributions about it.

Sponsoring Organization: Belton Area Museum Association
Project Title: Heritage Days at the Depot
Project Director: Alison Darby
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $12,900
The Belton Area Museum Association presented their annual Heritage Days at the Depot festival on October 5 – 7, 2017. This living history event featured historical interpreters who demonstrated folk arts skills, such as split oak basket weaving, Native American flute making, pottery, lure carving, cabin building, and more.

Sponsoring Organization: Chhondeshi
Project Title: Bongotsov: Bengal Meets the World
Project Director: Sourav Banerjee
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $7,477
The Chhondeshi organization, in partnership with the University of South Carolina School of Music, presented a festival about Bengali culture and how that culture has spread throughout the world through literature, music, dance, and language. The one-day event took place on Saturday, October 14 at several venues at the University of South Carolina campus in Columbia. There was a panel discussion, several presentations, and musical and dance performances.

Fast Track Literary Grants

Sponsoring Organization: Greenville Wordsmiths
Project Title: Saturday Writinc Club 2017
Project Director: Adrienne Burris
Awarded: $1,675; cost-share: $1,700
Greenville Wordsmiths presented their Saturday Writing Club from January – June 2017, in which elementary and middle school students from the upstate met twice-monthly with volunteer writers, artists, and educators to engage in creative writing. At the end of the 6-month program, a book of student writing was published and launched at a public program open to the community at M. Judson Booksellers.

Sponsoring Organization: Spartanburg Community College
Project Title: Wonders of Writing (WOW) Conference
Project Director: Judy Sieg
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $3,075
Spartanburg Community College presented the Wonders of Writing (WOW) Symposium on September 20 – 22, 2017 at their two Spartanburg campuses. The symposium featured two poets published by Hub City Writers Project, Ray McManus and Ashley M. Jones. There were readings, discussion opportunities, and faculty/staff development opportunities that reached both students and faculty of Spartanburg Community College as well as the general public.

Sponsoring Organization: Anderson County Library
Project Title: 3rd Annual Electric City ComiCon
Project Director: Brianna McDonell
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,000
Anderson County Library presented their 3rd Annual Electric City ComiCon on Saturday, August 5, 2017. The event featured presentations by authors in such genres as fantasy, science fiction, and graphic novel/comic book, as well as collateral family-friendly programming, like costume and fan art contests.

Sponsoring Organization: Hub City Writers Project
Project Title: Writing for Empathy Day Camp
Project Director: Michel Stone
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $2,487
In July 2017, Hub City Writers Project presented a student day camp called “Writing for Empathy” for rising 10th grade students to examine identity, civic responsibility, and empathy.  The camp was free; the 24 student participants had to be nominated by teachers.

Sponsoring Organization: James Island Arts
Project Title: Poetry at McLeod
Project Director: Katherine Williams
Awarded: $2,500; cost-share: $20,800
James Island Arts will present their “Poetry at McLeod” programming, which will feature African American poets who have participated in the Cave Canem program. Four poets will each have three-day residencies on James Island, and each residency will include a presentation at a local school (and in one case, a senior center), a workshop at James Island Town Hall, and a reading and reception at McLeod Plantation Historic Site. The four selected poets are: Gary Jackson, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Len Lawson, and Marilyn Nelson, and the four three-day residencies will take place in October 2017, March 2018, April 2018, and June 2018.

Sponsoring Organization: Greenville County Library System
Project Title: 2017 Southern Author Festival
Project Director: Mary Frances Shelato
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $4,225
The Greenville County Library System presented their third annual Southern Author Festival on September 16, 2017. The focus was Southern food culture and traditions and featured authors Alice Randall, Ashley English and Lake High, as well as filmmaker Stan Woodward.

Sponsoring Organization: Charleston Friends of the Library
Project Title: Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival
Project Director: Brittany Mathis
Awarded: $2,500; cost-share: $4,600
The Charleston Friends of the Library presented “Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival” on September 23, 2017 at the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library. More than fifty authors participated, and ten featured authors will also make school visits.

Sponsoring Organization: EdVenture Children’s Museum, Inc.
Project Title: Read It and Eat It: Literacy Outreach
Project Director: Sara Salley
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $6,000
EdVenture will present after-school literacy programming for students in 12 Columbia-area elementary schools. The theme of the program is “Read It and Eat It,” and the lessons tie literacy with nutrition education. One “Read It and Eat It” program will be offered at each school during the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

Sponsoring Organization: Peace Center for the Performing Arts
Project Title: Palmetto Poets: Voices of SC
Project Director: Burgess Scott
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $5,350
The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville will present three South Carolina poets at “Palmetto Poets: Voices of SC” on January 18, 2018. Poets Delana Dameron, Ray McManus, and Ed Madden will share the stage with facilitator Glenis Redmond for this evening event, which will be free and open to the public and widely publicized.

Sponsoring Organization: Greenwood County Public Library
Project Title: Writer in Residence – Reyna Grande
Project Director: Prudence Taylor
Awarded: $3,000; cost-share: $12,855
Greenwood County Library presented their Greenwood County Reads 2017 program featuring the book The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande in October 2017. Reyna Grande gave six public presentations and a radio interview over the course of a two-day residency on October 2 – 3, 2017.

Sponsoring Organization: City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
Project Title: Free Verse Festival
Project Director: Scott Watson
Awarded: $3,000; cost-share: $3,000
The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presented a new literary festival in Charleston during the month of October 2017. The “Free Verse Festival” was the first poetry festival to take place in Charleston and was coordinated with support from Charleston’s recently-appointed city poet laureate, Marcus Amaker. Events included poetry workshops for students and educators at schools in Charleston County, a “Preview Night” kick-off, public art installations, and other events at venues like Dock Street Theatre, Charleston County Public Library,  and City Gallery.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina Upstate
Project Title: IV Annual Translation and Interpreting Panel: Literary Translation
Project Director: Maria Francisco Monteso
Awarded: $1,000; cost-share: $1,000
The University of South Carolina Upstate presents an annual Translation and Interpreting Panel, and the fourth annual event, which will take place in late March 2018, will focus on literary translations. The event will feature keynote speaker Rachel Hildebrand followed by a panel featuring several overseas translators via video-conference. They will discuss how translating literary texts helps expand knowledge of the global human experience

Sponsoring Organization: Pat Conroy Literary Center
Project Title: Lowcountry Book Club Convention
Project Director: Jonathan Haupt
Awarded: $3,000; cost-share: $4,620
The Pat Conroy Literary Center will present the “Lowcountry Book Club Convention” on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. The event intends to bring together the many book clubs of the Lowcountry to engage in programs and discussion designed to share best practices for book clubs and provide networking opportunities between the public and authors. The keynote speaker will be Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club. A variety of other authors and presenters will appear on panels titled “Read Like a Critic,” “Keeping a Book Club from Becoming a Wine Club,” and “Book Club Recommended Lowcountry Writers.”

Sponsoring Organization: The Watering Hole Poetry Organization
Project Title: The Watering Hole 2017 Winter Reading
Project Director: Candace Wiley
Awarded: $2,000; cost-share: $8,250
The Watering Hole Poetry Organization presents an annual winter retreat scheduled to take place December 26 – 30, 2017 at Santee State Park in Orangeburg County. It is the only retreat/residency program that targets poets of color. There will be two public readings during the retreat. The first public reading will feature two native South Carolina poets: National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes and DeLana R.A. Dameron. The second public reading will feature Patricia Smith, Abiodun Oyewole, and Danez Smith.

Sponsoring Organization: Francis Marion University
Project Title: Race and Healthcare Today: Damon Tweedy’s Black Man in a White Coat
Project Director: Shawn Smolen-Morton
Awarded: $3,000; cost-share: $5,839
The English Department at Francis Marion University will present their annual Hunter Lecture Series in March 2018. Their featured author is to be Dr. Damon Tweedy, author of Black Man in a White Coat.

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.