SC Humanities Awards Major Grants

SC Humanities Board of Directors awarded $21,857 in Major Grants to 4 cultural organizations after a February 10, 2012 Board Meeting in Columbia.

The awards were selected through a competitive application and review process and are made possible by SC Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Matching community support for the 4 awarded projects totaled: $70,363.

A list of awarded grants is provided below:

 Sponsoring Organization: College of Charleston Library
Project Title: African Passages
Project Director: John White
Outright: $6,357; cost-share: $13,515
The College of Charleston will create an online exhibition titled “African Passages” on colonial and antebellum African American history in the Charleston area. The project will enhance an existing website with text, images, documents, audio and video clips, interactive maps, and online tours.

Sponsoring Organization: Historic Columbia Foundation
Project Title: Achieving a Multi-vocal Interpretation at Columbia's Mann-Simons Site
Project Director: John Sherrer
Outright: $7,000; cost-share: $13,298
Historic Columbia Foundation will make major interpretive updates to the historic Mann-Simons Cottage property in downtown Columbia. These updates will include the construction of ghost structures to represent former buildings on the property; the installation of exterior signage that will include images, maps, and other content; and updates to Historic Columbia Foundation’s website that will give additional information about the property and its history. Additionally, a panel discussion about the site and the updates will take place in August 2012 during the annual Jubilee Festival.

Sponsoring Organization: Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon b. Chapin Art Museum
Project Title: The Beauty and Culture of Japan Lecture Series Presented in Conjungtion with Kimono: Art, Fashion, and Society
Project Director: Patricia Goodwin
Outright: $6,500; cost-share: 38,550
The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will present a six-week lecture series about Japanese culture while they are displaying the exhibits Kimono: Art, Fashion, and Society and At First Light: The Katagami Sculpture of Jennifer Falck Linssen. The lectures will take place in July – August 2012 and will include such topics as the arts of bonsai and ikebana, tea ceremony, taiko drumming, sushi, katagami carved paper sculpture, and the obon festival.

Sponsoring Organization: Fountain Inn History Center
Project Title: Remember When Series
Project Director: Rick Owens
Outright: $2,000; cost-share: $5,000
The Fountain Inn History Center will present a series of public programs at their new facility in downtown Fountain Inn and in Greenville County Schools in the Spring of 2012.

The next round of major grant applications will have deadlines in August 2012 for programs that start after October 15, 2012. For more information about the projects listed above or about upcoming grant opportunities, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477 or visit our "How to Apply" page of the website: