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.

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
New Opportunity

South Arts Resilience Fund

Grants of $30,000 - $100,000 to the most visionary and impactful arts and cultural organizations reimagining their work during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Steve Swell / Kende Dreams

South Arts Awards Grants to 450 Jazz Artists Nationwide

Jazz Road Quick Assist grants offered unrestricted funds to support artists who have lost significant work and income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Social Justice

South Arts' Statement on Racial Equity

South Arts stands in solidarity with those in grief, mourning and frustration at the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black Americans...

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North Carolina Artist Sherrill Roland Wins Southern Prize

Roland, whose powerful work is deeply influenced by a three-year period of wrongful incarceration, received a $25,000 award and two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences.

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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

Folk & Traditional Arts Cross-Border Master-Apprentice Program

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Emerging Leaders of Color

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