SC Humanities Awards Major Grants

SC Humanities Board of Directors awarded $30,000 in Major Grants to 5 cultural organizations after a September 23, 2011 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: $87,220.

A list of awarded grants is provided below:


Applicant: South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation
Project Title: African American Civil War Lecture Series
Project Director: Joseph McGill, Jr.
Awarded: $7,000
Cost-share: $21,892
The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation will maintain a roster of scholars who can speak about the African American experience in the Civil War and promote them around the state during the Sesquicentennial commemorations. Four lecture programs will take place quarterly in 2012: Penn Center on February 9, Hartsville Memorial Library on May 17, Spartanburg Regional History Museum on August 23, and South Carolina Department of Archives and History on October 25.


Applicant: Edgefield County Historical Society
Project Title: Pottersville: Home of Alkaline Glazed Stoneware
Project Director: George Calfas
Awarded: $7,500
Cost-share: $18,508
The Edgefield County Historical Society will create a short documentary film of 8 – 10 minutes showcasing the alkaline-glazed stoneware tradition that is so important in Edgefield County. The film will be presented at the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center in Edgefield, the McKissick Museum in Columbia, at regional historical society meetings, as well as on several websites, including SCETV’s, which reaches K-12 classrooms across the state.


Applicant: Cherokee Bear Clan of South Carolina
Project Title: History of the Cherokee in the Upstate of South Carolina
Project Director: Luther Lyle
Awarded: $7,500
Cost-share: $8,850
The Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina will create a 10 – 12 minute video on the history of the Cherokee people in South Carolina to be shown at the museum, the Oconee Heritage Center, and the Oconee Chamber of Commerce as well as on the websites of these organizations.


Applicant: Columbia Museum of Art
Project Title: Grand American Vision Humanities Lecture Series
Project Director: Leslie Pierce
Awarded: $4,000
Cost-share: $16,845
The Columbia Museum of Art will present a lecture series to coincide with their display of the exhibit Nature and the Grand American Vision: Masterpieces of the Hudson River Painters from November 17, 2011 – April 1, 2012.

Applicant: Converse College      
Project Title: High Culture, Low Culture, Southern Culture? The Converse Conference on Southern Culture
Project Director: Dr. Anita Rose
Awarded: $4,000
Cost-share: $21,125
Converse College will host a major conference on Southern Culture titled “High Culture, Low Culture, Southern Culture” on April 9 – 14, 2012 in Spartanburg.


The next major grant application deadline is in January 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: