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.


Stories of Resilience

As we approach and pass the one-year mark of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Arts is highlighting the stories of our constituents.

Read the Stories

Sustainability Grants for Film and Literary Organizations

Made possible by the American Rescue Plan and National Endowment for the Arts, grants of up to $10,000 are available for organizations supporting film/filmmakers and literary works/writers/poets...

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South Arts Announces 31 Artists Receiving Jazz Road Tours Grants

Jazz Road, South Arts’ national initiative supporting jazz artists, announces the latest recipients of Jazz Road Tours grants receiving more than $375,000. Through Jazz Road Tours, artists can...

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Applications Now Open for the 2022 Southern Prize and State Fellowships

The Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the South with $80,000 in awards...

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Announcing: Southern Cultural Treasures

South Arts announces Southern Cultural Treasures, a new $6M program supporting BIPOC-led and -serving arts and cultural organizations...

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South Arts Awards 52 Jazz Artists with $2M for Creative Residencies

 Jazz Road, South Arts’ national initiative supporting jazz artists, announces its largest investment in the field to date...

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Momentum Artist Spotlight: staibdance

Watch our recent an online conversation with staibdance about their time in Momentum and adjusting their artistic choices.

Meet staibdance

The 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellows Exhibition Opens

The South Arts 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellows Exhibition is now open through December 20, 2021 at the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.

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Announcing the 2021-2022 Southern Circuit Season

This program connects documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South to share their work and engage with audiences about issues that impact everyone.

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South Arts Awards Nearly 70 Presentation Grants Totaling More Than $300,000

These awards support the presentation of Southern film directors, visual and performing artists, and writers by organizations in our region.

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South Arts Awards $399,800 to Artists, Arts Organizations, and Communities

New recipient projects supported by Cross-Sector Impact Grants, Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants, and Jazz Road Tours Grants

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South Arts Thanks MacKenzie Scott

South Arts is excited to receive such a transformative unrestricted gift from MacKenzie Scott. This gift will accelerate South Arts’ efforts to increase capacity, and widen and deepen our...

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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

Southern Cultural Treasures

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Southern Prize & State Fellowships

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