Raising the Volume

The Charleston Gaillard Center has released Season Three of “Raising the Volume,” which features three episodes filmed with Marcus Amaker and Charlton Singleton. This season also includes the special release of “Truth Be Told: Vesey,” a recording of the July 14th panel discussion during the Denmark Vesey Bicentenary Weekend. The final episode in the season features members of the Anson Street African Burial Project exploring the genesis of the project and their hopes for the future. South Carolina Humanities supported this programming with a Major Grant.

Featuring conversations on music, race, art, activism, and more, the series is curated by Artists-in-Residence, Marcus Amaker, Charlton Singleton, and the
Gaillard’s Education & Community team. In Raising the Volume, issues are explored through open, honest dialogue. Each conversation includes an in-depth
conversation with local Black leaders, educators, business owners, and artists.

The following episodes and lesson plans were released in December:

Episode XXIII – Daniel Green explores finding your brand.
Episode XXIV – Ann Caldwell examines telling your story.
Episode XXV – Truth Be Told: Vesey Panel Discussion
Episode XXVI – Elana Boyd-Pea describes founding Black Charleston
Episode XXVII – Anson Street African Burial Project

Each video is accompanied by a lesson plan for both middle and high school students. The Gaillard Center’s on-staff educator, Sterling deVries, will facilitate
cross-school virtual meetings for students in different areas to discuss the content of the interviews. Twenty-seven lesson plans are available now at gaillardcenter.org. The lesson plans highlight the following interdisciplinary themes: global awareness; civic literacy; working creatively with others.
Watch the episodes and download the plans here. All videos and lesson plans are available for free as part of the Gaillard Center’s Education & Community

There are two previous seasons of “Raising the Volume,” encompassing 22 episodes.

Funding for this program is provided in part by The Martha & John M. Rivers Performance Hall Foundation, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., TD Bank, Daniel
Island Community Fund, Mark Elliot Motley Foundation, and South Carolina Humanities.


A leader in the performing arts in the Southeast, the Charleston Gaillard Center commissions, supports, and presents ambitious, multidisciplinary cultural
programming and provides access to the best local, national, and global artists and companies on its stage. Deeply rooted in the community, the Gaillard Center
committed to elevating local and regional voices and partnering with Charleston institutions to reflect the city’s diversity, both on stage and off. Through
programming on its public campus and extensive arts education initiatives, the Gaillard Center serves as a platform to participate in community building and
essential dialogue.

Established as a nonprofit in 2015, its campus includes the 1,818-seat Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall, a 16,000 square-foot exhibition hall that is home to artistic activations, community and corporate events, and celebrations, and an adjacent park space that was recently activated for artistic presentations. Behind the scenes the Gaillard Center also fosters a culture of excellence and inclusion, employing a robust and talented staff, and providing opportunities for growth and engagement across the arts sector. Find more information and upcoming programming at gaillardcenter.org.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.