2018 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

South Carolina Humanities is pleased to announce 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.

This year, the new “Fresh Voices in the Humanities Award” has been established 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, October 25, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the USC Alumni Center (900 Senate Street) in Columbia, SC. 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 go to the www.schumanities.org website and make a secure online payment. The 2017 event was sold out.

Established in 1991, the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recognize outstanding achievement in humanities research, teaching, and scholarship; institutional and individual participation in helping communities in South Carolina better understand our cultural heritage or ideas and issues related to the humanities; excellence defining South Carolina’s cultural life to the nation or world; and exemplary support for public humanities programs. Seventy-eight individuals and organizations have received awards from 1991 to 2017.

The mission of South Carolina Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.