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SC Arts Commission Grants Awards

Folklife and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiatives Grant Awards

  1. To support Master Artists who seek to pass their artistic and cultural knowledge to qualified Apprentices
  2. To provide Apprentices with an opportunity to advance their cultural and artistic knowledge to a higher level so that they may continue to pursue the art form beyond the life of the apprenticeship
  3. To document the work and instruction of the Master Artist


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All S.C. Arts Commission grant awards are contingent upon availability of funds, submission and approval of final reports, and compliance with program grant guidelines. Additional grants are awarded throughout the year.


Note to grantees: Notification of your award is provided through posting on this website, which you may consider official confirmation of your award until contract paperwork is issued.


FY2018 full-year grant awards have been finalized as of June 22, 2017. For questions about your award, please contact your coordinator.


Contracts are issued throughout the year, with paperwork for full-year grants (July 1 to June 30) generally mailed in fall of the award year. If you need an award letter before it arrives with your contract paperwork, please contact your coordinator.



FY2018 Folklife & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant Awards

Grantee Project County Award
Benson^Kristin Bluegrass Banjo- Master Artist Spartanburg $2,000
Brown^Keith Catawba Pottery- Master Artist York $2,000
Daise^Ronald Gullah Culture Preservation- Master Artist Georgetown $2,000
Daise^Simeon Gullah Culture Preservation- Apprentice Georgetown $500
Harris^Teresa Catawba Pottery- Apprentice York $500
Hunter^George Chair Making in the Hunter Family Tradition- Master Artist Florence $1,000
Hunter^Harold Chair Making in the Hunter Family Tradition- Master Artist Kershaw $1,000
Morgan^Samantha Bluegrass Banjo- Apprentice Pickens $500
Seals^Carolyn E. Chair Making in the Hunter Family Tradition- Apprentice Richland $250
Seals^James Chair Making in the Hunter Family Tradition- Apprentice Richland $250
Suber^Mattie Phifer Piedmont Blues Harmonica-  Apprentice Newberry $500
Vanderford^George F. Piedmont Blues Harmonica- Master Artist Union $2,000
Total FY18 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants $12,500



  • Barry Bergey, recently retired as Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Minuette Floyd, Professor of Art Education and Director of the Young Artist’s Workshop program at the University of South Carolina in the School of Visual Art and Design
  • Karla Martin, Community Services Division Director of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama




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