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Re-enactors to tell story of African-American women in Civil War

Coming this Friday is a show-stopping event that deserves your attention. The South Carolina African-American Heritage Foundation is presenting an event that uniquely bridges Black and Women’s history months: a reenactment of African American women during the Civil War era. On Friday morning at 10:30, Female Reenactors of Distinction (FREED) will bring to life untold stories of struggle, strength, and success of African American Women who contributed to our American history. The reenactment will be performed at the South Carolina Archives and History Center (8301 Parklane Rd., Columbia). It’s free, but you must register to attend first. The South Carolina Arts Commission is sponsoring this event.

Tuning Up: Story Slam season 3, African American Civil war reenactors

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


  • Women's History Month begins Thursday, March 1, and on the same day Story Slam returns to the Columbia Museum of Art in partnership with the #WhatSheSaid Project. SCAC quarterly grant recipient Shannon Ivey is #WhatSheSaid founder and the evening's host. “This is my third Soda City Story Slam at the CMA, and I can tell you, magic happens here,” Ivey says. "I am thrilled to bring these powerful women to the stage at the CMA.” Festivities kick off with a 6-7 p.m. cash bar, and is included with museum admission or membership. NOTE: event recommended for mature audiences only.
  • An event that bridges Black and Women's history months, get ready for a reenactment of African American women during the Civil War era to be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 16 at the South Carolina Archives and History Center (8301 Parklane Road, Columbia). The reenactment will be performed by Female Reenactors of Distinction (FREED,) an auxiliary organization of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C. (The event is co-sponsored by SCAC.) It's free, but you must register to attend first.
  • The South Carolina Arts Alliance's work isn't done now that Arts Advocacy Day is in the rearview mirror. Did you know membership is free? They give wonderful advocacy tools and keep you updated on critical legislative activities related to the arts.

S.C. African American Heritage conference features Jonathan Green

Jonathan GreenSouth Carolina artist Jonathan Green will headline the annual conference of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission in Columbia on Friday, March 28, at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Green, widely known for his bold, colorful paintings depicting Gullah life in the South Carolina Lowcountry where he grew up, will be the keynote speaker for the conference's awards ceremony. Two signed posters of his paintings will be up for auction.

This year's conference theme is "Exploring African American History Through the Arts." Presentations include building arts education into today's education curricula, capturing family stories using visual and media arts, and preserving a community's history.

The day will end with a performance by the Concert Choir of Benedict College demonstrating the evolution of spiritual music from chants and shape notes to hymns and contemporary gospel.

The conference runs from 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. and is open to the public. Registration is $50. Find more information or register online.

Image: Jonathan Green, Sea Swing

Via: South Carolina African American Heritage Commission

Free grants writing workshop!

The Humanities CouncilSC, in partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the South Carolina State Library, is hosting a FREE grants writing workshop and invites staff and volunteers of all South Carolina cultural organizations and nonprofit agencies to attend. Admission to the workshop is free, however pre-registration is REQUIRED. The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 10, 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, S.C. Workshop leaders will provide a general grants writing overview, highlight funding opportunities for cultural projects, and offer feedback on project ideas and application drafts, time permitting. This workshop offers a unique learning opportunity for cultural organizations of all sizes and provides the opportunity for partnership building between local organizations with similar missions. View the complete schedule and register on the Humanities CouncilSC's website. For more information, contact T.J. Wallace, (803) 771-2477.