Senior Medicare Advantage plan insurance in Charleston, SC
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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word "open enrollment" sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there's always a nagging feeling that you're wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.
Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).
At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.
We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you're in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in Charleston or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.
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What is Medicare?
If you're approaching the golden years of your life, it's important you understand what Medicare is if you don't already.
Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.
There are four parts of Medicare:
The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:
At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.
Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Charleston
Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in "gaps" that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.
Private companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.
Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.
Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:
Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance
To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:
As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:
- To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
- Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
- If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you may be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
- If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
- Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
- You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agent that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Medicare Insurance Services has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
- In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.
Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in Charleston, SC
A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:
In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Medicare Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.
How Medicare Advantage Plans Work
Sometimes called "MA Plans" or "Part C," Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an "all in one" solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).
Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.
When you contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.
Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules
Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in Charleston. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.
Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:
- If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
- Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor
Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.
Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance
How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan's service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan's network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.
We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.
The Senior Medicare Insurance Services Commitment
Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:
- Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
- Listening to your specific needs.
- Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
- Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.
Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.
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Charleston Water System ‘only a few steps away from a catastrophe’
A “perfect storm” of frigid temperatures and the holidays has caused a water crisis in the Lowcountry, according to officials with the Charleston Water System.CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A “perfect storm” of frigid temperatures and the holidays has caused a water crisis in the Lowcountry, according to officials with the Charleston Water System.“We are absolutely still in a crisis, and frankly only a few steps away from a catastrophe that would be a boil water notice,” Charleston Water System sp...
A “perfect storm” of frigid temperatures and the holidays has caused a water crisis in the Lowcountry, according to officials with the Charleston Water System.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A “perfect storm” of frigid temperatures and the holidays has caused a water crisis in the Lowcountry, according to officials with the Charleston Water System.
“We are absolutely still in a crisis, and frankly only a few steps away from a catastrophe that would be a boil water notice,” Charleston Water System spokesperson Mike Saia said.
Currently, 100 million gallons of water a day are being used in the Lowcountry, while normally they use about 30 to 45 million gallons. That’s 50 to 60 million gallons of water being spilled mostly due to leaking pipes, broken irrigation systems and other effected systems.
Saia said that if the number gets to 105 or 110 million gallons of use, that will exceed the plant’s ability to treat the water adequately and they would need to issue a boil water notice.
Saia said many people in the Lowcountry have not insulated their pipes and have not been dripping their pipes overnight. With the holidays, many are away from their homes and businesses. If residents have an issue, plumbers are unavailable.
Antonio Inzillo is one of the many Lowcountry families dealing with burst pipes this week. On Christmas morning, he noticed water spraying all over the side of his Goose Creek home. He said he felt helpless, especially because he has a three-year-old.
Inzillo has been calling plumbers for 24 hours, but no one has answered the phone. With research and the help of friends and neighbors, he’s been trying to fix it on his own.
“We have a 3-year-old. I don’t want to make him suffer on Christmas. I don’t want to suffer on Christmas, I’m sure you don’t. I guess the most helpless thing is not having an answer and not knowing what to do,” Inzillo said.
One of the biggest issues they’re seeing right now is broken irrigation systems. If you have an irrigation system in your yard, this is the time to disconnect it from your water supply even if you do not have a leak.
Saia said customers are the cause and solution of the current situation. He says thousands upon thousands of lines have busted under people’s homes. The water system is dealing with a huge backlog and 200 to 400 calls a day. But he says that number is actually astronomically higher because phone lines are jammed.
“We urge everyone to check your home, check a business or a building that you may not have been to in a while,” Saia said. “Check for a water leak, running water under your home. You often can hear it in the pipes in the building, and if you find it, turn that water off using your shutoff valve, which is typically located in a hose bibb closest to your water meter. If you can’t do that, open the lid on the water meter, there’s a little nut in there, a quarter turn on that will turn it off. If you can’t do either of those, the most important thing to do at that point is to call us.”
Right now, the water is safe, according to Saia.
“We’re hoping not to get to boil water notice,” Saia said. “But that has major implications in your home, restaurants, hotels. It would require about three, maybe three and a half days of boiling water for use of doing dishes or brushing your teeth or cooking.”
Customers need to solve their leaks in the next two or three days because the warmer temperatures could bring additional water main breaks, according to Saia.
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Charleston Battery winger Fidel Barajas speaks on Hibs experience - 'I fit in there'
The 16-year-old Californian-born attacker came through the youth ranks at Sacramento Republic like Hibs winger Emmanuel Johnson before joining up with the Battery in September last year, notching two assists in three matches towards the end of last year’s USL Championship.Thanks to the partnership between Hibs and the So...
The 16-year-old Californian-born attacker came through the youth ranks at Sacramento Republic like Hibs winger Emmanuel Johnson before joining up with the Battery in September last year, notching two assists in three matches towards the end of last year’s USL Championship.
Thanks to the partnership between Hibs and the South Carolina club, Barajas – who has four goals in ten appearances for Mexico Under-17s – joined up with Hibs in November. The Evening News understands that the purpose of the trip was to give the teen a chance to gain more experience of and exposure to different training styles rather than a formal trial, while the Battery were in the off-season.
During the 2020/21 season, Trinidad and Tobago internationalist Leland Archer and former Rangers youngster Robbie Crawford travelled to Scotland for a similar experience between American seasons.
Speaking to his club’s website, Barajas reflected on his time with Steve Kean and Gareth Evans’ under-19s in Portugal.
"We played six games against Benfica and Porto, Soccer Universities, and SønderjyskE from Denmark. We won three games, drew one, and lost two and then we went back to Scotland. I played in three of the games.
"I feel like my biggest takeaway is just knowing how to play at another level compared to where I’m at right now. It’s still very strong and fast even though it’s academy-level. Going in just thinking about me playing against top teams like Porto and Benfica was sort of a challenge, but after I got my first touches in the game, I feel like I handled it well. I was up for the challenge, I fit in there, and feel like it was a good experience.”
Barajas stayed with a host family – ‘they were pretty cool’ – as well as Johnson, who spent time on loan at Patriots Point last year, and gained a lot from the overall experience.
"Being in Europe, and in different parts of Europe, the overall experience was great. Playing with Hibs and experiencing how different the players are and how they approach the game, it was all fantastic."
The winger is yet to declare for one country, having represented Mexico and the USA at youth level. Although he faced players at club level from countries he has faced on the international stage, it was a different challenge facing opponents from older age groups.
" I was going against older players who I didn’t recognise from previous trips. I was one of the youngest players there. Hibs brought a few players from their under-16 team but the rest were all older than me. It was challenging and a little scary at first however, after training with them, there wasn’t much of a difference – and I’m used to playing alongside older guys at Charleston.
“I felt really comfortable after my first game and in the other matches, I was able to create more in the attacking third and felt better on the ball and with my teammates. Sadly, I didn’t get an assist or goal but I did hit the post twice in my last game.”
UNC Greensboro vs The Citadel Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 1/19/23
The Citadel Bulldogs (7-11) vs. UNC Greensboro Spartans (11-8)The Line: UNC Greensboro Spartans -13.5 / The Citadel Bulldogs +13.5 ; Over/Under: 136 (Get latest betting odds)The Citadel Bulldogs and the UNC Greensboro Spartans meet Thursday in college basketball action from Greensboro Coliseum. The Citadel is current...
The Citadel Bulldogs (7-11) vs. UNC Greensboro Spartans (11-8)
The Line: UNC Greensboro Spartans -13.5 / The Citadel Bulldogs +13.5 ; Over/Under: 136 (Get latest betting odds)
The Citadel Bulldogs and the UNC Greensboro Spartans meet Thursday in college basketball action from Greensboro Coliseum. The Citadel is currently 7-11 overall. The Bulldogs lost to Western Carolina in their last game. As for UNC Greensboro, they’re 11-8 on the year after a win versus Furman. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Citadel Bulldogs
The Citadel started out at 6-8 this year with wins over Presbyterian, Morris College, New Orleans, IUPUI, Charleston Southern and Chattanooga. The Bulldogs are 1-3 since then with losses to Furman, Wofford and ETSU.
In the Saturday matchup versus Western Carolina, the Citadel took a slim 26-25 lead into the second half. The Bulldogs posted a 39-36 run the rest of the way in a 65-61 win. Stephen Clark led the team on 28 points and eight boards.
UNC Greensboro Spartans
Over on the UNC Greensboro side, they beat JWU-Charlotte, UMBC, Montana State, Elon, Marshall, Warren Wilson and WCU in their first 14 games. The Spartans have beaten Wofford, Chattanooga, VMI and Furman in the five games since.
Matched up against Furman in the Saturday game, the Spartans scored 40 points in the first half, 37 points in the second and 11 in overtime during an 88-80 win. Keyshaun Langley led the team with 23 points and five rebounds.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to go with UNC Greensboro. The Spartans had a little trouble putting away a pretty good Furman team in their last outing, but to their credit UNCG got the job done. Over this current 5-1 stretch the Spartans have hit 68 or more points in all six games. As for the Citadel, they’ve been a mixed bag lately and haven’t scored well over this 1-4 stretch. I’d imagine the Bulldogs will hang around for a while in this one but I don’t think they’ll cover.
Italian dining venue from James Beard Award-winning chef sets opening date in Charleston
A stretch of three Broad Street townhomes will soon be home to a multi-level Italian dining concept with a market and 100-seat restaurant.Sorelle, a project curated by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina and Charleston Place buyer Beemok Hospitality Collection, will open at 88 Broad St. Feb. 15.Designed by Meyer Davis Studio, Sorelle’s first floor “mercato” will feature grab-and-go items like coffee, paninis, salads, gelat...
A stretch of three Broad Street townhomes will soon be home to a multi-level Italian dining concept with a market and 100-seat restaurant.
Sorelle, a project curated by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina and Charleston Place buyer Beemok Hospitality Collection, will open at 88 Broad St. Feb. 15.
Designed by Meyer Davis Studio, Sorelle’s first floor “mercato” will feature grab-and-go items like coffee, paninis, salads, gelato, Sicilian-style pizzas and more, while upstairs is home to a restaurant serving “Southern Italian cuisine made with local Lowcountry ingredients.” Wood-fired pies will be crafted in a blue tile oven, and a handful of the spots inside the dining room will be situated at a pizza counter.
The rest of the menu will include Italian small plates, house-extruded pastas and seafood-centric mains like grilled local black bass with lemon gremolata.
Mina — whose MINA Group portfolio includes 40 restaurants in eight states, Washington, D.C., and Dubai — and MINA Group chef/partner Adam Sobel led Sorelle’s culinary direction, while executive chef Nick Dugan will be in charge of day-to-day kitchen operations. All three will be in Charleston for Sorelle’s opening in February.
“I moved here last fall and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the local community and meeting so many incredible purveyors. It’s a really inspiring food scene and one I’m excited to contribute to,” Dugan said in an email. “After months of recipe testing and fine-tuning the menu, we cannot wait to watch the space come to life and give guests a truly Italian experience.”
The forthcoming restaurant is a big addition to Beemok Hospitality Collection, the family office of local businessman and philanthropist Ben Navarro. The group made a splash in 2021 when it purchased Charleston Place, the peninsula’s largest hotel and an iconic property that played a critical role in making the city a prime tourist destination. Two months later, Beemok Hospitality Collection acquired a stake in The Cooper, a 225-room hotel project under construction next to Waterfront Park.
Its assets also include The Riviera Theater in downtown Charleston, Credit One Stadium on Daniel Island and now, Sorelle.
Once open, Sorelle’s mercato will serve customers from 8 a.m.-4 p.m Tuesday through Saturday. The restaurant, which will open from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, is currently accepting reservations.
For more information, call 843-974-1575 or visit sorellecharleston.com.
Wood-fired pizza pop-ups like Dough Boyz and Weltons Fine Foods are showcasing the impressive Italian cooking that can be accomplished inside mobile eateries.
Chucktown Meatball Co. is bringing that same attention to detail to pasta, arancini and of course, meatballs in a custom built food trailer that debuted in February 2022.
The Charleston-based company is owned by Louis Mitts and Trevor Brown, two chefs who met at Cuban Gypsy Pantry, which recently closed the last of its three Charleston area restaurants.
According to Mitts — whose resume includes Bouchon Bakery in Las Vegas and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in New York City — the chefs’ experience in restaurant kitchens influenced their decision to focus on Italian cuisine.
“It all kind of revolved around let’s pick one thing and make sure it’s the best possible version of that,” said Mitts, adding that, beyond staples like spaghetti and meatballs, meatball subs and arancini, “the rest of the menu is filled out with authentic pastas that are absolute pillars in the Italian pasta world.”
Those pastas are made by hand in a commissary kitchen ahead of each Charleston Meatball Co. pop-up.
As the truck nears its one year anniversary, Mitts says the venture has been a success and could eventually lead to a standalone restaurant.
“We really want to establish a name for ourselves in the Italian food community,” Mitts said. “The best way to do that is eventually to pursue a brick-and-mortar.”
Chucktown Meatball Co. will setup shop at Container Bar (2130 Mt Pleasant St.) in downtown Charleston Jan. 26-28. For more information and to view the truck’s full schedule, follow Chucktown Meatball Co. on Instagram @chucktownmeatballco.
FIVE FORKS — The idea had been marinating for years, but Lazaro Montoto just had to find the right time to bring it to life.
That’s how the owner of the forthcoming Pasta Project restaurant describes the fast-casual concept he has created with his wife, Shadid, and fellow restaurateurs, Kostas Pallis A and Maria Dialis.
The new restaurant, located at 330 Scuffletown Road across from the Publix shopping center, is slated to open in the spring.
It will bring a new kind of pasta experience to the Upstate, and perhaps beyond. The idea is to merge fresh, handmade pasta and scratch-made sauces with a fast-casual setting.
Pasta Project will feature counter service ordering, but with a comfortable restaurant space.
“You will come in and first thing you’ll see is someone making fresh pasta throughout the day,” Montoto said. “The kitchen will be visible from the dining room. As an order comes in, they will saute the pasta and ingredients, sauces will be ready. Everything homemade in house.”
Montoto is no stranger to the restaurant world.
The industry veteran opened his first Tropical Grille location in 2010, and now has branched out to more than 11 locations. The company is in the process of building five more restaurants in the Upstate, Charleston and in Charlotte, he said.
Tropical Grille has gained a following for its mastery of fresh and fast cuisine. Similarly, Pasta Project will root itself in the same from-scratch realm.
Montoto had been considering a pasta concept for years. A self-described Italian food lover, he’d always seen a void in the market for a pasta-centered place that was high quality but not white tablecloth.
When he became friends with Pallis A and Dialis, owners of Basilico Pizzeria and Italian Cuisine, the idea of doing it himself got pushed to the back burner.
“I won’t do anything that competes with somebody I consider a friend,” Montoto said of his business philosophy. “One day, I asked them, ‘What do you guys think about this idea? Now that I know you guys, it’s not something I can do without you.’ They fell in love with the idea.”
Pasta Project will feature salads, desserts and a few other Italian favorites, but the heart of the menu will be pasta.
Plans call for featuring six varieties daily, which will be prepared throughout the day by a designated pasta maker, with dishes ranging from $8 to around $15 depending on protein choice.
Guests will be able to choose from a variety of sauces as well, ranging from vodka and alfredo to marinara and carbonara. Mixing and matching is encouraged.
From there, the sky is almost the limit.
Pasta Project will feature a large selection of vegetables and proteins, including chicken, shrimp and house- made meatballs, with which a guest can create a truly custom pasta dish.
Ordering will take place at a counter, but guests will be able to watch their pasta creations being made via the open kitchen.
“Making pastas fresh, it adds a completely different flavor,” Montoto said. “There is nothing like fresh pasta. The flavor, the authenticity of it. It definitely changes the final product.”
Find more information on the restaurant and on future Pasta Project locations by following Pasta Project on Facebook.
College of Charleston Avery Research Center Awarded $2 Million Grant From Mellon Foundation
The Mellon Foundation has awarded the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture a $2 million grant to support the collection and preservation of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s social and cultural history.College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and CultureCharleston, South Carolina, Jan. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Mellon Foundation has awarded the College of Charleston’s ...
The Mellon Foundation has awarded the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture a $2 million grant to support the collection and preservation of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s social and cultural history.
College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
Charleston, South Carolina, Jan. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Mellon Foundation has awarded the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture a $2 million grant to support the collection and preservation of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s social and cultural history.
“This grant is a true difference maker for the College’s Avery Research Center and our entire campus,” says Andrew T. Hsu, president of the College of Charleston. “The Mellon Foundation has an incredibly strong legacy of helping to build just communities, with their significant investments to enhance a dialogue of ideas and bolster imaginations. I am excited to see how this grant will accelerate and expand the important work of the Avery Research Center’s staff as well as its immediate impact on our greater community in Charleston.”
The funding, says Tamara T. Butler, executive director of the Avery Research Center, will allow the Avery Research Center to explore and share new and rich cultural histories.
“This grant emphasizes our commitment to preserving and promoting the Avery Research Center’s histories. We are overjoyed about the opportunity to tell stories about our 160-year-old evolution,” says Butler. “I am grateful for this team of phenomenal scholars. This grant is only possible because of dynamic faculty, supportive leadership and committed staff.”
Funding will allow the Avery Research Center to broaden the reach of their archival collections through training/professional development and community outreach.
Outcomes of the four-year project will include, but are not limited to:
The collects, preserves and promotes the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with an emphasis on Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Through our programming, exhibitions and archival instruction we seek to help communities understand the power of history to transform and imagine futures.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding. The foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence and freedom that can be found there. Through its grants, the foundation seeks to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive. Learn more at .