SC Humanities grants support public programs designed to be accessible by a broad audience, to serve citizens in urban, rural, and small-town settings, and to make possible humanities programs that illuminate and enrich the lives of both audiences and scholars.Major grants are reviewed twice yearly, usually in September (deadlines in August) and February (deadlines in January). Major Grants are for public humanities programs that are large in scale. Awards are in sums between $2,000 and $8,000.
Past Awarded Grants:
The Land Before the Waters
The Oconee County Public Library presented a series of nine lectures in the spring and summer of 2016 on the theme of “The Land Before the Waters.” The speaker series addressed the significant changes to Oconee County that occurred with the creation of Lakes Hartwell, Keowee, and Jocassee. Including a variety of historians, authors, professors, and even a diver, the series complemented an ongoing oral history project fostered by the library called “Voices of Oconee.”
Roots: The Low Down on Lowcountry Cuisine
The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage created an original exhibit titled “Roots: The Low Down on Lowcountry Food.” The exhibit featured the history of Lowcountry cuisine, highlighting the contributions of the many diverse people of the Lowcountry region, by examining three specific representative dishes, such as Frogmore stew, shrimp and grits, and she crab soup. It was on display from April 29, 2016—February 1, 2017 and the public programs included a grand opening community cook-off as well as a variety of cultural lectures and workshops featuring South Carolina scholars.
Back Where I Come From: The Upcountry’s Piedmont Blues
Furman University’s Upcountry History Museum created an original exhibit titled “Back Where I Came From: The Upcountry’s Piedmont Blues” that was on display from April 2, 2016 – February 17 2017. The exhibit focused on local music traditions and complemented a major national traveling exhibit from Mid-America Arts Alliance titled “Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone.”
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