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The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards

South Carolina Humanities

2017 Organization Award


South Carolina HumanitiesSince its founding in 1973, SC Humanities has supported arts and culture in South Carolina, recognizing the value of the creative arts and their connection to the humanities. S.C. Humanities has awarded more than 2,300 grants totaling more than $8.2 million. Many of these grants supported exhibitions and programs specifically highlighting art and art history, and most contained an artistic component. The organization presents numerous programs with a special angle of investigation to the arts. Recent programs include “Daufuskie Memories: Photographs by Jeanne Moutousssamy-Ashe” at the Columbia Museum of Art, the film festival “Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color” at the Nickelodeon and an exhibit of Catawba pottery at the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center. The organization supports the discussion, interaction and interpretation that artistic works inspire, allowing participants to come to a deeper understanding of the art form, its history and its cultural importance. The annual S.C. Humanities Festival features one or more art exhibits or performances, and for many years, visual artists were commissioned to create an original work that was used to promote the festival. For 19 years, S.C. Humanities hosted the S.C. Book Festival, presenting more than 1,000 authors and attracting internationally known writers. After discontinuing the festival in 2015, the organization concentrated its literary arts efforts on year-round initiatives that support programs around the state. Throughout its existence, South Carolina Humanities has established an admirable record of support, cooperation and partnership with a wide range of organizations and institutions.

 

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For more information about the Verner Awards, please contact Victoria McCurry, 803-734-8696.