SC Humanities Awards Major Grants

SC Humanities Board of Directors awarded $29,156 in Major Grants to 5 cultural organizations after a September 21, 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 5 awarded projects totaled: $182,381.

A list of awarded grants is provided below:

Sponsoring Organization: ETV Endowment of South Carolina
Project Title: The Education of Harvey Gantt
Project Director: Betsy Newman
Award: $7,956; cost-share: $146,185
ETV Endowment of South Carolina will create an original 60-minute documentary titled The Education of Harvey Gantt that will tell the story of the desegregation of Clemson in 1963. The documentary will be aired on statewide SCETV in January 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this important event, will be featured in a Civil Rights and Social Justice Youth Transmedia Summit in February 2013, and will be chaptered for classroom use on StreamlineSC.

Sponsoring Organization: Columbia Baroque Soloists
Project Title: Past as Prelude: Portraits of the Musical Culture of Colonial South Carolina as A Precursor to Current Historically Inspired Performance
Project Director: Dr. Timothy Hein
Award: $3,200; cost-share: $5,600
The Columbia Baroque Soloists will present a lecture-concert program on February 15, 2013 at the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall. The program will include a lecture on South Carolina colonial and music history, a musical program interspersed with historical narration, and a discussion session.

Sponsoring Organization: Claflin University
Project Title: Promoting South Carolina African American Composers' Classic Music
Project Director: Eunjung Choi
Award: $8,000; cost-share: $8,001
Claflin University will sponsor a project designed to highlight African American composers of classical music who have a connection to South Carolina through three interactive lecture-recitals are planned to take place in 2013.

Sponsoring Organization: South Carolina Press Association
Project Title: An Oral History of South Carolina Newspapers
Project Director: William C. Rogers
Award: $7,000; cost-share: $14,640
The South Carolina Press Association will partner with the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications to do a major oral history project that will capture video and audio interviews of 18 – 20 of South Carolina’s leading journalists from the past 50 years. The interviews will be compiled on a website associated with the SC Press Association website,

Sponsoring Organization: EdVenture
Project Title: Festivals of Sharing
Project Director: Jay Robinson
Award: $3,000; cost-share: $7,955
EdVenture Children’s Museum requests grant funds to support a two-day festival event in December 2012 that will highlight 8 holidays and celebrations unique to different cultures, including Eid, Hanukkah, Chinese Lunar New Year, Kwanza, Native American MidWinter Festival, Diwali, Las Posadas, and Epiphany. The programs will be geared for children under age 12 and will include presentations, crafts, food tastings, games, and other interactive components.

The next round of major grant applications will have deadlines in January 2013 for programs that start after March 15, 2013. 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: