SC Humanities Awards over $50,000 in Major Grants

SC Humanities Board of Directors awarded over $50,000 in Major Grants to 7 cultural organizations after a February 20, 2015 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 7 awarded projects totaled: $233,796.

A list of awarded grants is provided below:

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Project Title: Fort Frederick Cultural Heritage Preserve Documentary Film Series
Project Director: Meg Gaillard
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $16,980
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) will produce a series of at least four short documentaries (2- 5 minutes in length) about Fort Frederick Cultural Heritage Preserve in Port Royal, SC. The films will examine the history of the site and will document archaeological excavations and restoration efforts that will be taking place in winter 2015 as well as public engagement with these activities.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina (USC Upstate)
Project Title: Black Lives Matter: Race Relations in the 21st Century (Speaker Series)
Project Director: Lisa Johnson
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $9,854
USC Upstate will present a series of four public programs on the theme of “Black Lives Matter” in August – November 2015 in Spartanburg, SC. The series will feature three noted scholars: Dr. Tricia Rose (Brown University) will speak about the history of black community-building in the late 20th and early 21st centuries; Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Duke University) will talk about the complexities of racial politics in a society that claims to be color blind; and Dr. Brittany Cooper (Rutgers University) will offer perspectives on race and using digital media as a tool of anti-racism.

Sponsoring Organization: Upcountry History Museum – Furman University
Project Title: Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project at the Upcountry History Museum
Project Director: Heather Yenco
Awarded: $5,500; Cost-share: $42,611
The Upcountry History Museum will conduct a two-phase oral history project from 2015 – 2017, during the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The first phase will involve reformatting and making accessible the museum’s existing archive of oral histories about WWII and the Civil Rights movement. The second phase will involve collecting Vietnam era oral histories and making them available to the public through a listening station at the museum, public programs, and educational outreach.

Sponsoring Organization: The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
Project Title: Hello from Japan Exhibit and Related Programming
Project Director: Nancy Halverson
Awarded: $8,000; Cost-share: $72,580
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate will support the display of the exhibit “Hello from Japan” along with related programming from June – September 7, 2015. The programming will include story time programs, art workshops, and science lab programs that will cover topics on Japanese culture such as calligraphy, origami, sushi, and tea ceremonies.

Sponsoring Organization: The ETV Endowment of South Carolina, Inc.
Project Title: Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Year in Columbia
Project Director: Steve Folks
Awarded: $7,698; Cost-share: $45,521
SCETV will produce a 30-minute documentary on “Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Year in Columbia” about the famous artist’s time as a teacher at Columbia College in 1915 and 1916. The documentary is planned to premiere in October 2015.

Sponsoring Organization: University of South Carolina Press
Project Title: Pat Conroy at 70: A Celebration of South Carolina’s Prince of Titles
Project Director: Ellen Malphrus
Awarded: $7,500; Cost-share: $34,500
The University of South Carolina Press is the main organizer for a literary festival and academic conference on “Pat Conroy at 70” that will take place in Beaufort, SC from October 28 – November 1, 2015. The event is expected to involve over 30 noted scholars, historians, and authors and a variety of special activities, including panel presentations, book signings, exhibits, tours, and movie screenings.

Sponsoring Organization: Columbia College
Project Title: Georgia O’Keeffe – On Her Way
Project Director: Stephen Nevitt
Awarded: $7,220; Cost-share: $7,750
Columbia College will celebrate the centennial of Georgia O’Keeffe’s time on their campus with an exhibit and series of public programs taking place from October – December 2015.

For more information about any of these grant-supported projects, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477.