Unlocking the South's potential.

The arts do more than entertain.

They nourish, create conversation and strengthen community ties. South Arts exists to support the artists, arts organizations, and communities that help this region thrive.


Programs & Conferences

Become involved in our in-depth programming for artists, organizations, and communities.


Grants and Fellowships for Artists

Whether your work appears onstage or in a gallery, South Arts is here to help you achieve even greater heights.


Grants for Communities and Organizations

Do you program arts experiences for your patrons or visitors? You could qualify for support from South Arts.


Get to Know the 2020 Southern Prize and State Fellow Recipients

Join us for a live three-part series of interviews between Burnaway and the recipients of the 2020 Southern Prize and State Fellowships. Conversations at 1pm ET on Feb 25, Mar 25, and Apr 12, 2021.

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Building Foundational Relationships in Arts and Culture

Announcing the participants of two programs harnessing the power of shared knowledge: Emerging Leaders of Color and Folk & Traditional Arts Cross-Border Mentor-Apprentice teams.

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Congratulating President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris

The six U.S. Regional Arts Organizations join Americans for the Arts in congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

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Jazz Artists Plan Through Pandemic with Jazz Road Tours Grants

Seven artists are the first to receive Jazz Road Tours grants since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with awards of up to $15,000 to develop tours across the country.

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Colour of Music Festival

South Arts Awards $1.67M in Resilience Funding Across Region

With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the South Arts Resilience fund supports new, region-specific activities building the long-term resiliency of arts organizations.

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Performing Arts Readiness Project Releases Pocket Response Resource

As arts and cultural organizations prepare for re-opening, the PRR can be critical for safety and security during COVID-19 and beyond.

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Southern Prize and State Fellows Exhibition Now Open

The 2020 Southern Prize and State Fellows exhibition is now open through January 8, 2021 at the Bo Bartlett Center. Schedule an appointment to visit.

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Announcing The Southern Circuit 2020-2021 Season

South Arts announces the lineup of 16 Screening Partner organizations and 18 films and filmmaking teams selected for the 2020-2021 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. 

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Wideman/Davis Dance

Over $725,000 in Sustainability Grants and CARES Act Funding Distributed

To help ensure the continued operations of arts organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic, South Arts has awarded 20 Sustainability Grants to organizations across the region.

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Masud Olufani, ELDER project

South Arts Awards $323,000 in Arts Touring and Cross-Sector Impact Grants

Performing Arts Touring, Literary Arts Touring, and Cross-Sector Impact Grants connect arts organizations and communities with artists across our region.

Meet the recipients

Strengthening Southern Communities

We support artists and arts presenters in our nine-state service area, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Lousiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina & Tennessee.

Our Impact

Elevating artists. Elevating the South.

Creativity keeps communities vibrant—explore the impactful work of past South Arts grantees.

When I look at what opportunities we have, as artists living in the South, this is so significant. This organization helps us do what we believe we are called to do.

Paul Stephen Benjamin, Artist

Upcoming Deadlines

Cross-Sector Impact Grants (Letter of Interest)

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Southern Circuit: Call for Screening Partners

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