Center for Creative Partnerships is an educational organization of Conscience and Social Justice that promotes community involvement through the arts, sciences and humanities, including civil and human rights. Some of our services include:

* designing and curating exhibitions * theatre productions * workshops * films

*community discussions * project development *conservation * fundraising 

*grant writing/management *diversity consulting

Ellen N. Zisholtz, Founder/ President 

2017 Award Luncheon, Association of African American Museums, Washington, DC

Congressman James Clyburn presenting Most Creative Faculty Award, SC State University

Ellen Zisholtz‘ work has encompassed development, fundraising, grant writing, audience development/marketing, managing, producing, strategic planning, communication, social justice programming and teaching.


She is President of Center for Creative Partnerships (CCP), based in South Carolina,an educational organization that uses the Arts to engage audiences to advocate for greater Social Justice as well as Civil and Human Rights.

PROJECTS: Social Justice Cinema Programs with filmmakers; Decoding the Stars: Negro Spirituals and the Underground Railroad, International Planetarium Conference, Copernicus Center, Warsaw, Poland; Creative Roots: Using the Arts to Uproot Racism in Young People, SC; Civil Rights Symposium and Gullah Studies Institute, Penn Center, SC.

STRATEGIC PLANS: Restoring and operating the Alamo Theatre in conjunction with Smith Robertson Museum as the Centerpiece for the Preservation of Farish Street as an African American Cultural/Entertainment District, Jackson, Miss.; Strategic/Marketing Plan for the Paramount Theatre as a Cultural Center, Charlottesville, Va; Penn Center Strategic Plan, Beaufort, SC.

THEATRE: Produced reading of Rose Leiman Goldemberg’s Letters Home with Kathleen Chalfant at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts in celebration of the archiving of Goldemberg’s work in the Billy Rose Collection (April 3, 2017); Women’s Project and American Place Theatre: first production of Letters Home; First Producing Director, Rutgers Theatre Company, Rutgers University: first production of Bill Mastrosimone’s Extremities; Colonnades Theatre: Victims of Duty by Eugene Ionesco; INTAR Hispanic American Art Center; George Street Playhouse; Crossroads Theatre Company for which she wrote the originating grant and worked on NJ Network/ABC Arts TV production of A Lovesong for Miss Lydia by Don Evans with Claudia McNeil and Earl Hyman.

MUSIC AND DANCE: Count Basie Theatre, Executive Director Theatre and Arts Council: produced concerts including Max Roach’s To the Max; BB King, Mardi Gras with Dr. John and directed County Arts Council; Executive Director, produced concerts for Rod Rodgers and Bill T. Jones Dance Companies (Prague Dance Festival, Czech Republic; Budapest Arts Festival, Hungary; Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland; Arhus Festival, Denmark; Lyon Dance Festival, France; Montreal Dance Festival, Canada).

ACADEMIA: Director/Curator of South Carolina State University’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium and Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts; taught Arts Administration at New York University and at Rutgers University; Faculty Advisor, Gallatin School, NYU.

HONORS/AWARDS: 2017 Leadership Award for “the advancement of African and African American focused museums, nationally and internationally” and “the preservation, promotion and interpretation of African and African American art, history and culture” at the national conference of the Association of African American Museums in Washington, DC; 2015 Medal for Social Justice and Civil Rights from the National Civil Rights Conference, presented by the Mayor of Philadelphia, Miss. At commemoration for Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner. First SC State University Faculty Award for Creativity, presented at 2010 commencement by Congressman James Clyburn. Zisholtz led the Stanback to receive the Governor’s Award for the Humanities and Social Justice Award at commemoration for Orangeburg Massacre; Represented US Arts Administrators with the British Council in Northern Ireland; DC Host Committee, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication; Boards of Trustees-National Association of African American Museums; Penn Center, Beaufort, SC –National Parks Service Reconstruction Monument Committee.

VISUAL ART EXHIBITIONS: I.P. Stanback Museum, SC; Orangeburg Arts Center, SC; SOHO, NYC; Solo exhibitions York W. Bailey Museum, Penn Center, SC; Meridian Museum of Art, MS;  Cochran Gallery, LaGrange, GA.

2015 Civil Rights and Social Justice Medal, Philadelphia,MS

Creative Partners





                                                               Historian, retired Professor, Claflin University; Scholarly work focuses on 19th and 20th

                                                               century American history, with an emphasis on the Civil Rights Movement; Director,

                                                               Somebody Has to Do It Project, a multi-disciplinary study to identify, locate and acknowledge

                                                               "First Children" who desegregated, like herself, America's schools. The project seeks to

                                                               accurately interpret the issues associated with the Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

                                                               Supreme Court decision and Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Dr. Brown is the daughter of

                                                               former South Carolina NAACP President, J. Arthur Brown. She was one of the first twelve

                                                               children to desegregate the Charleston County School District. She has always been a Civil                                                                                                    Rights activist and was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC). 

                                                               (B.A., History, College of Charleston; M.Ed., The Citadel; Ph.D, History, Florida State University)




















































  Millicent Brown, Ph.D.

 Emory Shaw Campbell

President, Gullah Heritage Consulting Service, Conducting Gullah Heritage Tours

on Hilton Head; Director, Penn Center, Retired, Organized Heritage Days Celebration;

Inaugural Chairman, Federal Gullah Geechie Corridor Heritage Commission;

Appeared on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, a PBS Special: Family Across the Sea and

C-Span's Washington Journal; Awards include: Governor's Award for Historic Preservation,

Carter G. Woodson Award for Civil Rights, Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of 

African American Museums; His essay, A Sense of Self and Place: Unmasking my Gullah

Heritage was published in African American Life in Georgia and the Low Country and he

authored the guidebook - Gullah Cultural Legacies. (BS in Biology, Savannah State University;

MS in Engineering, Tufts University; Honorary Doctorates-Bank Street College, NYC and

University of South Carolina/Beaufort)

  David Dennis, Sr., J.D

Director, Southern Initiative Algebra Project; Field Secretary, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Mississippi and Louisiana, supervising Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner when they were murdered in Philadelphia, MS; Co-Director with Bob Moses, Council of Federated Agencies (COFA) and of the effort to organize Freedom Summer in 1964. In 1972, he was an organizer of a successful challenge to the Louisiana Democratic Party structure that resulted in an African American Chairman and a majority African American delegation being sent to the national convention, the first time since Reconstruction. In 1971, he joined with Bob Moses in The Algebra Project and works toward "quality education as a constitutional right." (B.A., Dillard University; J.D., University of Michigan)

  Rose Leiman Goldemberg 

Playwright, screen writer, author, she has been inducted into the Billy Rose Archives of the Lincoln Center Library of the Performing Arts (2017). Her internationally acclaimed play, Letters Home, about the life of Sylvia Plath, has been translated into numerous languages and honored all over the world. Her award winning plays and musicals include: Gandhiji,  Apples in Eden, The Rabinowitz Gambit, Rites of Passage, Sophie, and The Merry War. Her Television credits include The Burning Bed, for which she received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Dramatic Adaptation, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing, and was honored by The American Film Institute, as part of the permanent collection; Dark Holiday; Stone Pillow, starring Lucille Ball, Florence Nightingale; Born Beautiful; Land of Hope; Death at Dinner; The Pencil Box War; The Jonas Salk Story; and Mother and Daughter, The Loving War. Her feature films include Points East, Doubles and Bad Dreams. She is a published author of such books as Adios, Hollywood and Antique Jewelry: A Practical & Passionate Guide. She is also an award-winning poet and author of short stories. 


Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr., Ed.D 

President and CEO, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Retired; Former President, Association of African American Museums;  Former Trustee, Institute of Museum and Library Services (named by President Obama to the Federal Board and confirmed by U.S. Senate); Current Trustee, American Alliance of Museums. Honored as Alabama Tourist Executive of the Year Alabama Department of Tourism.



Projects Continued 


Selected Projects from Center for Creative Partnerships include:

  •  PENN CENTER GULLAH STUDIES INSTITUTE, St. Helena Island, SC. Academic and artistic educational initiative involving national scholars and artists; partnership with South Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bread Loaf at Middlebury College in Vermont, National Underground Railroad and Algebra Project

  • MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE SMITH ROBERTSON SCHOOL, ALAMO THEATRE, Jackson, MS. Strategic and marketing plan for restoring and operating the Alamo Theatre in conjunction with Smith Robertson Museum as the centerpiece for the preservation of Farish Street as an African American Cultural/Entertainment District. Community project funded by Mississippi Archives and History. Alamo Theatre restored, Canizarro, Cawthon & Davis Architects.

  • PARAMOUNT THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER, Charlottesville, VA. Strategic and marketing plan for restoration and operation of Paramount Theatre as community facility with architect Craig Morrison.for Jackson, MS to create an African American Cultural District and restore the Alamo Theatre and the Smith Robertson Museum

  • COCHRAN GALLERY, 2017, Solo Exhibition, Art with a Conscience, LaGrange, Georgia.

  • NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE, 2015; Honored as featured artist; Workshops for young people on creating Art with a Conscience, Meridian, Miss.

  • CIVIL RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM, 2015, Penn Center, with iconic of Civil Rights heroes including David Dennis, Bob Moses, Millicent Brown, Hank Thomas

  • TELEVISION PROJECTS, To The Max, World Premiere by Max Roach; A Lovesong for Miss Lydia, Crossroads Theatre Company, NJ Network sold to ABC Arts.



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