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.
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...Read more
Momentum Artist Spotlight: staibdance
Watch our recent an online conversation with staibdance about their time in Momentum and adjusting their artistic choices.Meet staibdance
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 GrantsRead More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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