Folklife & Traditional Arts

Connecting South Carolina citizens and visitors to the state’s dynamic, longstanding artistic traditions

The SCAC’s folklife and traditional arts program helps keep alive traditions that have become our shared inheritance as they are passed down from generation to generation. We accomplish that goal in a variety of ways:

  • Provide a grant portfolio for traditional artists and folklife organizations
  • Support collaborations between arts providers and local, statewide, and national funders to maximize impact of public funds
  • Celebrate and support the many ways South Carolinians engage in artistic expression and creativity
  • Develop and communicate unified messages about the role the arts play in quality of life, education, and economic vitality

Meet the program director

Headshot of Laura Marcus GreenLaura Marcus Green, Ph.D.

Folklife fieldworker. Researcher. Writer. Curator and consultant.

Laura Marcus Green has put those skills to work for various arts and culture agencies nationwide, but is currently the folklife & traditional arts director at the SCAC. In her role, she manages grant programs, conducts fieldwork, and co-develops projects including the Folklife Field School, Communal Pen Writing Workshops, and a pilot creative aging series with community partners.

She holds a Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University and an M.A. in folklore/anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Selected prior positions include folklife & traditional arts program director at McKissick Museum, community engagement coordinator for the Museum of International Folk Art’s Gallery of Conscience.

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These are direct programs of the SCAC or partnerships.