SC Humanities Awards $46,000 in Major Grants

SC Humanities Board of Directors awarded $45,837 in Major Grants to 8 cultural organizations after a February 5, 2010 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.

Funded projects include a children's poetry festival, a documentary about South Carolina statesman Charles Pinckney, and an indpendent film festival. Matching community support for the 8 awarded projects totaled: $223,443.

A list of awarded grants is provided below:

Sponsoring Organization: The College of Charleston
Project Title: The Charleston Jazz Initiative Legends Festival
Project Director: Dr. Karen A. Chandler
Awarded: $6,750; cost-share: $8,000
The College of Charleston will present the Charleston Jazz Initiative Legends Festival on June 4 – 6, 2010. The Festival will present musical performances conbined with interpretive lectures and exhibit programs.

Sponsoring Organization: The University of South Carolina (Arts Institute)
Project Title: The Palmetto Children's Poetry Festival
Project Director: Dr. Kwame Dawes
Awarded: $7,000; cost-share: $12,975
The Palmetto Children's Poetry Festival will take place October 22-23, 2010 in Columbia and will feature five poets who write for children and young adults, as well as other fun events appropriate for both children and adults.

Sponsoring Organization: Nickelodeon Theatre
Project Title: 2010 Indie Grits Film Festival
Project Director: Andy Smith
Awarded: $6,000; cost-share: $22,896
The Nickelodeon Theatre will present the 4th annual Indie Grits Film Festival on April 14-18, 2010 in Columbia. Over 35 independent films will be screened, and the festival will include interactive components, including scholar-led workshops and an exhibit.

Sponsoring Organization: ETV Endowment of South Carolina
Project Title: Carolina Stories: Forgotten Founder
Project Director: David Sanford Adams
Awarded: $7,825; cost-share: $91,475
SCETV will create a biographical documentary about Charles Pinckney titled Forgotten Founder that will be broadcast on statewide ETV as part of the "Carolina Stories" series in September 2010.

Sponsoring Organization: Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Project Title: Stitching Stories: Conversations on Quilts, Community, and the Artists of Gee's Bend
Project Director: Patricia Goodwin
Awarded: $7,350; cost-share: $39,000
The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach will present a lecture series titled, "Stitching Stories: Conversations on Quilts, Community, and the Artists of Gee's Bend" in conjunction with two traveling exhibits about the Gee's Bend Quilter's Collective in Alabama.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Council for Conflict Resolution
Project Title: The Peach Bush Book Club
Project Director: Finbarr Dunphy
Awarded: $1,500; cost-share: $17,150
This planning grant will support the creation of a documentary about a Marine Corps helicopter squadron during the Viet Nam War.

Sponsoring Organization: Friends of the Florence County Library
Project Title: Joe Stukes History Series
Project Director: Francie Dunlap
Awarded: $3,415; cost-share: $10,450
The 2010 Joe Stukes History Series will present Chautauqua-style living history presentations of Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Theodore Roosevelt, and James K. Polk, as well as other programs.

Sponsoring Organization: Anderson University
Project Title: Dr. Annie Dove Denmark, President of Anderson University
Project Director: Deborah McEniry
Awarded: $4,997; cost-share:  $21,497
Anderson University will create and present an original one-act play about Dr. Annie Dove Denmark, the first female president of a college or university in South Carolina. The play will be presented as part of Anderson University's centennial celebration and will tour around the state.

The next major grant application deadline is in August 2010 for preliminary drafts. For more information about the projects listed above or about upcoming grant opportunities, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477.