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

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.

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Now Accepting Applications for Traditional Arts Touring Grants

Organizations in our nine state primary region (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN) may apply for up to $5,000 to present a traditional artist/ensemble.

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Emerging Traditional Artists Program Now Open

Part of the In These Mountains Initiative, traditional artists from Central Appalachian counties in NC, KY, and TN will connect with peers and receive funds to pursue a project.

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Scholarships Available for NC ArtsMarket

Applications are now open for presenting organizations in our nine-state primary region to receive scholarships to attend NC ArtsMarket in Durham, NC on Nov 8-10, 2021.

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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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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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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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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

Traditional Arts Touring Grants

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Scholarships: NC ArtsMarket

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Emerging Traditional Artists Program

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