Backporch Storytellers of Charleston

Alexis Reeder, President

The mission of the Backporch Storytellers is to preserve and perpetuate the ancient art of storytelling and to preserve the multi-cultural stories of the Old South which includes the Sea Island and Gullah tales and stories.

Charleston Area Professional Storytellers

Tim Lowry

The Charleston Area Professional Storytellers is a local chapter of the South Carolina Storytelling Network which strives to increase appreciation of storytelling and listening, promote proficiency of South Carolina Storytellers, and encourage interaction among its members.  The Charleston Area Professional Storytellers co-produce the Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival in partnership with the Charleston County Public Library.

Charleston Library Society –

Anne Cleveland, Executive Director
164 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

The Charleston Library Society has been a cornerstone of intellectual and cultural life in Charleston. Today it is a center for scholarly research, a modern lending library, and an oasis of calm in the middle of Downtown Charleston. 

Karpeles Manuscript Museum

68 Spring Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Karpeles Manuscript Museum is part of a national chain of ten libraries and museums that house “the largest private collection of original manuscripts and documents in the world.” Charleston’s museum is located in historical St. James Chapel, a former Methodist church built in 1856, and it contains exhibits from a wide array of genres including music, science, religion, literature, art, exploration and political history. The items contained in each of these ten museums are rotated quarterly so that people all across the nation can enjoy everything that the Karpeles Manuscript Museum has to offer.

Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts –

Shari Stauch, Executive Director

LILA’s mission is to nurture and promote the literary arts in South Carolina.

Speak Freely Foundation –

Carlos Johnson, Program Director

The Speak Freely Foundation supports youth through Performance Arts and Amateur Boxing to positively impact their lives and society.