South Carolina Arts Commission

Communal Pen Writing Workshops

Current series: Voices & Votes

Voting. It’s our most cherished form of civic engagement as U.S. citizens.

As the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibition Voices and Votes: Democracy in America winds its way through South Carolina, the Communal Pen Writing Workshop series wants to know:

  • What are the memories, stories and traditions that make our community home?
  • What does it mean to participate in the civic life of our community and nation?
  • What roles, rights, and responsibilities connect us with our fellow citizens, family, friends, and neighbors?

Sometimes, you’ve just got to write it down!

Communal Pen Voices & Votes:
Cowpens (Virtual Event)

  • PART ONE: Saturday, Jan. 14 | Noon-2:30 p.m.
  • PART TWO: Saturday, Jan. 21 | Noon-2 p.m.
  • Local hosts:
    • Cowpens Branch, Spartaburg County Public Libraries
  • Click on the link below to register now!
    • No previous experience is necessary, and the workshops are free and open to the public.
    • Space is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis online, or contact Folklife and Traditional Arts Director Laura Marcus Green, Ph.D. (803.734.8764 |
    • Share it with your friends on Facebook! (Link coming soon. Please note: marking yourself as “Going” on Facebook DOES NOT register you for Communal Pen: Voices & Votes.)
Photo: Naturalization at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, July 4, 2013; © Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

About Communal Pen

Communal Pen Writing Workshops are a partnership between South Carolina Humanities and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Participants celebrate and explore their connections to place and community. Using museum exhibit themes and images as a springboard to ignite your own stories, you will give voice to shared and individual experiences of place and history unfolding. Often, it is in our written words that memory and insight live.

Current workshops are offered in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, which is touring South Carolina with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) through January 2023. It is currently on exhibit in Cowpens, in partnership with Spartanburg County Public Library, from Dec. 17 through Jan. 28.

Made possible in South Carolina by South Carolina Humanities, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide, and based on an exhibition by the National Museum of American History. Museum on Main Street provides access to the Smithsonian for small-town America through exhibitions, research, educational resources, and programming. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

I’m here to help!

For questions or assistance, please contact Folklife and Traditional Arts Director Laura Marcus Green, Ph.D. (803.734.8764 |