The Second Founding of America Multicultural Learning Center

The Second Founding Youth Chorale

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The Second Founding Youth Chorale will be a world-class assemblage of thirty or more middle and high school singers who will travel the state, region, and nation performing songs of freedom under the direction of experienced instructors to teach students how to write music, play instruments, dance, and perform while telling the untold stories of our nation's past. Backed by Beaufort County Middle Schools with the support of the Beaufort County School District and others with seed funding from SC Humanities.

The Second Founding Storytellers

The Second Founding Storytellers is a group of student storytellers and videographers, who will create mini-documentaries related to Reconstruction leaders, events, locations and stories to be distributed through educational channels. The group’s magnum opus will be a documentary including a full-length play on the life of Harriet Tubman, founder of the Underground Railroad, that was researched, written, costumed and performed by Beaufort Middle School staff and students.  

The Visual Arts Project

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The Visual Arts Project will offer exhibit space in the Reconstruction Learning Center that will be curated by a talented and experienced local artist.  As artist-in-residence and manager this person will engage artists, art teachers and students to produce visual art depicting Reconstruction stories for display in the Center and at travelling shows that will follow the Chorus. The University of SC, Beaufort Visual Arts Department, the Arts Council of Beaufort County and the Beaufort County Schools support the Arts Project.

Teaching Teachers to Teach Reconstruction History

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Teaching Teachers to Teach Reconstruction History, is a collaboration with “Facing History and Ourselves” that provides extraordinarily researched, balanced, and inspiring guide for middle school teachers.   They provide an excellent, flexible, easy to use program that integrates lesson plans, student exercises and materials for social studies and history classes. Include partners including Reconstruction, Beaufort County Schools, Facing History and Ourselves, and others.

Funding

The Second Founding of America: Reconstruction Beaufort is an almost all-volunteer organization, with hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars already donated toward the creation of the Learning Center and our four core programs.  As these programs move into their implementation phase, we estimate the total funding needed at $1.5 million over three years.

As the programs gain momentum, many options for sustainability will be tested and evaluated.  These include admissions for performances, as well as sales of art and merchandise such as recordings and T-shirts.  Multiple book projects are also being explored.

Let’s get together and talk about the role that you can play in reuniting our nation and realizing the full promise of Emancipation, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights through a creative, courageous look at our past and a conscious focus on creating a better future.