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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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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Florida artist Marielle Plaisir named 2021 Southern Prize recipient

At the fifth annual Southern Prize and State Fellowships Award Ceremony, Marielle received her award and South Carolina's Fletcher Williams III was named the Southern Prize Finalist.

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Cross-Border Mentor Apprentice Showcases

Meet South Arts' Folk and Traditional Arts Cross-Border Mentor Apprentice teams in our showcase events. The mentors and apprentices will share their work and discuss the importance of the traditions

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Workshops

Learn how to incorporate DEIA into your organization in two free online workshops with Donna Walker-Kuhne at 3:30 p.m. ET on May 20 and June 24.

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Jazz Road Creative Residencies Grants of up to $40,000 Now Available

Jazz artists, apply for a grant to explore your work in new ways. Grants of $5,000-$40,000 available to support a residency you propose & develop for artistic creation or connecting with audiences.

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Meet the 2021 State Fellows

Ten artists from the South Arts region have been named as State Fellows, receiving awards of $5,000; each is now in competition for the Southern Prize.


Announcing the 2021 Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellows

South Arts awards 15 Folk and Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships supporting lifelong learning 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

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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

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Jazz Road Creative Residencies

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