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Beaufort County artists in the spotlight during SC Humanities Festival

[caption id="attachment_23815" align="alignright" width="125"]James McTeer James McTeer[/caption] The annual South Carolina Humanities Festival, taking place in Beaufort County June 9 – 11, will showcase the area’s arts, culture and history. Beaufort native James McTeer, winner of the First Novel Prize, will share the inspiration for his book, Minnow, and Verner Award recipient Marlena Smalls and Folk Heritage Award recipient Anita Singleton Prather (both Beaufort artists) will join forces with Hilton Head's Voices of El Shaddai choir for “The Music and Voices of the Sea Islands.” Arts, cultural and educational organizations from Beaufort to Bluffton and Hilton Head, including the Beaufort Arts Council, the Beaufort Film Society, and USC-Beaufort Center for the Arts will present lectures, films, tours, art shows, exhibits, performances and more around the theme of community collaboration. [caption id="attachment_12334" align="alignright" width="125"]Anita Singleton Prather Anita Singleton Prather[/caption] Find registration information and a complete schedule online. About the South Carolina Humanities Festival Every year, SC Humanities sponsors the Humanities Festival in a community in South Carolina. Started in 1993 in honor of the Council’s 20th Anniversary, the Humanities Festival has been held in 18 different South Carolina cities. Each festival celebrates the local history and culture of the host community, engaging the citizens in lectures, discussions, films, and exhibits and facilitating partnerships between cultural organizations and community groups.

Walterboro to host 20th annual South Carolina Humanities Festival

Walterboro, S.C. and the Colleton Museum & Farmers Market are rolling out the red carpet for humanities, culture, and arts during the 20th annual South Carolina Humanities Festival, taking place March 6 - 9, 2014. Colleton MuseumSponsored by The Humanities CouncilSC, the festival offers more than 25 cultural opportunities over four days. Events include a World War II Symposium, a sweetgrass basket making course, a Gullah rag quilt class, tours of artists' studios, a guided driving tour of Colleton County, a gardening workshop, and much more. Many events are free; some require reservations and ticket purchases. The evening event on March 7 is a screening of the film Homegoings. The film takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Following the film, a panel will discuss South Carolina homegoing traditions, and participants can enjoy A Soulful Dinner with Soul Music. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit the The Humanities CouncilSC website. The festival is presented by The Colleton Museum & Farmers Market in partnership with the South Carolina Artisans Center, Colleton Center, Colleton County Arts Council, Colleton County Historical & Preservation Society, Colleton County Memorial Library, Walterboro - Colleton Chamber of Commerce, City of Walterboro and Colleton County.