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Modern South Carolina Novelists – Reading and Discussion Series

The Aiken County Public Library will be presenting an original Let’s Talk About It series titled “Modern South Carolina Novelists” from September 2018 – February 2019. This reading and film discussion series features novels by modern South Carolina-based writers whose distinguished body of work qualified them for induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors, the state’s literary hall of fame. The series will become a part of the permanent Let’s Talk About It collection available to all libraries and nonprofit organizations after it concludes in Aiken. SC Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant. Let’s Talk About It
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Olympia-Granby Mill Village Museum

The Olympia-Granby Historical Foundation has been working since 2014 to plan and open the new Olympia-Granby Mill Village Museum, which will be located in the one-room Olympia Mill Village School in Columbia. The museum will open to the public on September 28, 2018. SC Humanities supported the creation of exhibits for the museum with a Major Grant. The Olympia-Granby Mill Village Museum is dedicated to educating the public about the village’s first school, the conditions of life in the mill village for families, the influence of the mills on workers, and the importance of community. The Foundation has been collecting artifacts
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Greenville Wordsmiths – Staycations

Greenville Wordsmiths presents in-school writing workshops called “Staycations.” For a “Staycation” program, Greenville Wordsmiths travels to elementary and middle school classrooms with volunteers and a theatrical storytelling activity. They are currently booking programs for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. SC Humanities supported this program with a Fast Track Literary Grant. A Greenville Wordsmiths’ Staycation is a 90-120 minute workshop during the school day. They travel to the school, armed with volunteers and an engaging literacy activity. In addition, every Staycation results in a published book for each student. Themes for Staycations include: Storymaking (Grades 2 – 4), Choose Your Own
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Swag & Tassel: The Innovative Stoneware of Thomas Chandler

In August 2018, McKissick Museum will present Swag & Tassel: The Innovative Stoneware of Thomas Chandler, the first retrospective exhibition of a 19th century Edgefield, SC, potter since I Made This Jar: The Life and Works of the Enslaved African-American Potter, Dave. The show will open on August 6, and there will be an opening reception on August 30. South Carolina Humanities supported this exhibit with a Major Grant. Building upon the research in Philip Wingard’s 2014 Ceramics in America article, “From Baltimore to the South Carolina Backcountry: Thomas Chandler’s Influence on 19th Century Stoneware,” the exhibition will bring new
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Ecos: Resonances of South Carolina Latino Stories

The exhibit Ecos: Resonances of South Carolina Latino Stories will be on display at Columbia Museum of Art through July 22, 2018. This collaborative multimedia art exhibition featuring the stories of Latino immigrants in the Lowcountry interpreted by 20 select Latino South Carolina visual artists. The Citadel Oral History Program collected the immigrant stories between 2012 and 2014. SC Humanities supported the original oral history project as well as the current exhibit through our Major Grant program. Visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity to listen to each audio story and read its transcription as they view the artwork inspired by it.
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Uncovering the History of the Stone of Hope

The Stone of Hope Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Martin Luther King Park in Columbia was erected in 1996. Today, many Columbia residents don’t know much about this significant tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student campers at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Park will be provided an opportunity to participate in activities to learn about Dr. King as well as research significant historic facts regarding the Stone of Hope on Tuesdays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in July. SC Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant. The programming for students will include a mini workshop
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Shakespeare for All

Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina has a new long-term program, “Shakespeare For All,” that will present productions based on adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays intended to make the plays more accessible to a general audience. A full production of the adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed on July 13 and 14, 2018 at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street in Charleston, with performances at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, and a matinee on Saturday at 3:00 pm. SC Humanities supported “Shakespeare for All” with a Major Grant. There will be a free South Carolina Humanities
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Mexican Guitar Building

The Southern Guitar Festival will present a unique program on Mexican Guitar Building on Friday, June 8, 2018. The internationally-recognized Mexican guitar ensemble Octeto Sicaru will educate audiences on basic classical guitar building techniques and demonstrate how guitar has evolved over the last hundred years. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant. The lecture-demonstration by Octeto Sicaru will take place on Friday, June 8 at 3:00 p.m., followed by a unique concert program featuring such composers as Olivier Bensa, Patrick Roux, Roland Dyens, Julio Cesar Oliva, and Graham Reynolds at 4:00 p.m.. The intent of the program is to
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Guardians of the Gallery

The Gibbes Museum of Art will present the project “Guardians of the Gallery: Interpreting Visible Storage.” Designed to increase understanding about how staff protect and preserve the Museum’s collection of almost 10,000 works of art, the program will include permanent interpretive material, rotating exhibitions and public tours of the Collections Storage Center that will highlight operations involved with maintaining artwork and explain what visitors see as they peer through the glass walls. The first programming will start in June 2018. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant. The first exhibit that will be part of the “Guardians of
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Request for Proposals: Democracy and the Informed Citizen

SC Humanities is issuing a themed request for proposals on the topic of “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” for fiscal year 2018-2019.  A total of $15,000 in grants is earmarked for this purpose. SC Humanities invites projects that examine what it means to be an informed citizen in a democratic society.  This grant opportunity is open to community organizations, libraries, schools, and colleges and universities.  All types of programming on this general subject are welcome. Among the questions that might be raised include: What does the term Democracy mean to you and/or your community? What is the future of journalism?
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