South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation Invites Applicants for Summer Institute


Credit: Janet Loehrke, USA Today

The South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation (SCAAHF) is accepting applications from social studies and visual and performing arts teachers and college students majoring in arts education to participate in an institute at Historic Penn Center on St. Helena Island, June 17 through June 21, 2019. Participants will be immersed in the Gullah Geechee Culture and given strategies to assist with developing lesson plans.

Twenty-five participants will be selected for the institute from K-12 teachers, coordinators and college students majoring in arts education. Instructional lesson plans developed by institute participants will be published in the SCAAHC Teacher’s Guide Arts Integration Supplement. Curriculum will include field excursions to Sandy Island, Brookgreen Gardens, St. Helena Island and Hilton Head Island.

Participation includes $250 Professional Development Stipend; 40 Hours of Continuing Education Credits; Free lodging, meals, admissions, and transportation to sites; Participants are responsible for transportation to St. Helena Island, SC.

Following the institute, participants will have two months to create two lesson plans. These lesson plans will be added to websites of the South Carolina Department of Education, South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

Application Deadline – March 30, 2019. Submit letter of application to [email protected] Letter should include name, address, e-mail, phone number, name of school, grade level and discipline and one paragraph on why you should be selected to attend this institute.

This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


  1. SE Langley on March 17, 2019 at 2:14 am

    This looks like a wonderful opportunity to research with primary sources. I will be applying to attend. Thank you.

  2. Kevin Jenkins on March 17, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I am very interested in the Gullah-Gheechee Culture-Heritage! Would you provide this opportunity for lay people? Tried to do a Gullah tour when visiting Charleston and it didn’t touch on much Gullah culture at all. Disappointed to say the least. Please consider having this opportunity for lay people if you don’t already. If there is something already available can you please forward the information to me.
    Thank You!!

  3. Joan Terrell Paige on March 18, 2019 at 8:04 am

    As a lay person, I too am very much interested in this opportunity. I am an elected member to our Board of Education. Our board recently adopted to teach the Amistad Curriculum in our public schools. I am a proud member of the gullah/geechee through my father’s side of our family. i am researching that history and would love to participate in this much needed opportunity. Please forward whatever information you can. Thanks in advance for having this and thanks to Queen Quet for all that she has done for our people. We must save this precious information.

  4. Joanne E Thomas on March 18, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Please inform me when opportunities for laypersons arise. Visiting this corridor in a well structured venue is an absolute high bucket list item for me.

  5. Jannie Harriot on March 21, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Please note the institute is for South Carolina teachers and coordinators, college students majoring in education. Teachers from North Carolina, Georgia and Florida are invited to attend for a cost of $850. Others may be accepted depending upon available space. For more information e-mail [email protected] or contact Jannie Harriot at 843-332-3589.

  6. Annette W.E Nelson-Shimabukuro on May 10, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I’m a part time librarian would like an opportunity to experience this as well.

    Wadiyah Nelson- Shimabukuro

  7. sister angela on September 10, 2019 at 7:32 pm

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