South Carolina Arts Commission

Communal Pen

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?

Come learn how to capture those thoughts with Communal Pen. Let’s celebrate and explore our connections to place and community through the lens of our experience of civic life and identity.

Communal Pen Voices & Votes: Allendale County (Virtual Event)

  • PART ONE: Saturday, Oct. 22 | Noon-2:30 p.m.
  • PART TWO: Saturday, Oct. 29 | Noon-2 p.m.
  • Local hosts:
    • Allendale Rural Arts Team
  • 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 call Laura to register: 803.734.8764.
    • Share it with your friends on Facebook! (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 is a writing workshop presented by South Carolina Humanities and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

It is offered in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, on display in partnership with the Allendale Rural Arts Team at UofSC Salkehatchie West Campus from Sept. 10 through Oct. 22.

Voices and Votes has been 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. It is based on an exhibition by the National Museum of American History. 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 |