ORANGEBURG, S.C. (courtesy claflin.edu) — Claflin University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences received a $12,000 Bridge Emergency Relief Grant from South Carolina Humanities. Funding for Bridge Emergency Relief Grants was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences was one of 103 cultural organizations in South Carolina to receive a grant.
Funding from the grant was used to help provide a more robust virtual educational experience for students involved in programs offered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Funding also allowed Claflin University’s Theatre Ensemble to produce a script which focused on the literary development of work related to teenage pregnancy prevention, underage drinking, diversity and inclusion, and sexual identity. The script was shared as a staged reading at the 2020 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival followed by a discussion on the issues.
“This funding will help us to continue providing transformative educational experiences for our students and the greater Orangeburg community. Grant support during this period will also allow the School of Humanities and Social Sciences to continue providing virtual activities associated with CALA-Bash, the school’s premiere event that features a foreign film review, a film festival, lectures, master classes, and poetry slams,” said Annette D. Grevious, associate professor of speech and drama, who also served as the program director for grant. “We are grateful for this opportunity and the funding that was received.”
Dr. Randy Akers, executive director of South Carolina Humanities said “South Carolina has an annual $24 billion tourism industry that includes hundreds of arts and cultural organizations that bolster that important economic sector. We are very fortunate to be able to offer relief during these difficult times.”