S.C. Humanities has announced that four outstanding individuals will receive the prestigious 2018 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities. The honorees are:
- Anne Cleveland, director of the Charleston Library Society;
- Bobby Donaldson, historian and educator;
- Sara June Goldstein, literary arts advocate;
- and Cecil Williams, celebrated South Carolina photographer.
Additionally, in 2018, S.C. Humanities established the new “Fresh Voices in the Humanities Award” to recognize individuals who are working in unique and innovative ways to use culture and history to bring people together, but whose efforts have gone relatively unnoticed beyond their own community. The winners for the inaugural year of this award are: Anna Catherine (AC) Parham, for her work in bringing humanities-based education opportunities to victims of violence and her work with youth as an Obama Foundation Leadership Corps member, and Adrienne Burris, the founder and director of Greenville Wordsmiths, a nonprofit that empowers kids ages 7-14 to discover and share their voices through the craft of writing.
The Governor’s Awards in the Humanities Luncheon will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the USC Alumni Center (900 Senate St.) in Columbia. Table sponsorships are available, as well as individual tickets. To reserve one or more tables or to purchase individual tickets, call the office at 803.771.2477 or make a secure, online payment here. The 2017 event was sold out.
Sara June Goldstein is literary arts director and senior coordinator of statewide partnerships at the S.C. Arts Commission. A graduate of Columbia College, in 1987 Goldstein joined the Arts Commission staff as a temporary project coordinator for Carolina Connections, a one-of-a-kind festival celebrating writers with ties to the Palmetto State. That began a 30-year career advocating for the contemporary literature of South Carolina as well as building and supporting partnerships that highlight poets and writers – and other artists and communities – throughout the state. Some of the most notable and innovative partnerships include The Art of Community: Rural SC, the S.C. Novel Prize with Hub City Press, the Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project, Leo Twiggs Arts Leadership Scholars Program with The Riley Institute at Furman, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission Partnership, the South Carolina Literary Arts Partnership, and the South Carolina Design Arts Partnership. Through these programs, Goldstein has developed a national network of writers, artists, scholars, and publishing professionals who are increasingly familiar with the work of South Carolina authors and have a deeper appreciation of the rich diverse expression and culture of the state. A native of Rock Hill, Goldstein and her family are long-time residents of Columbia.