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.

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Announcing the 2021 Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellows

South Arts awards 15 Folk and Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships of $12,000 each to standard-bearers in the Central Appalachian counties of Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee


Federal Funding Opportunities Webinar

South Arts and the Arts Action Fund hosted a webinar as well as a follow-up Q&A discussing how the American Rescue Plan can benefit artists, arts organizations, and communities. Watch the recordings

Watch the Recordings

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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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.

More on Resilience Funding

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.

Explore the Resource

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

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