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.

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Programs & Conferences

Become involved in our in-depth programming for artists, organizations, and communities.

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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.

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Grants for Communities and Organizations

Do you program arts experiences for your patrons or visitors? You could qualify for support from South Arts.

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NEWS

Meet South Arts' Newest Fellowship Recipients

In partnership with the International Society for the Performing Arts and the National Association of Black Storytellers, South Arts is supporting six new fellows.

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Take the ArtsVote Pledge

At South Arts we believe that civic engagement is key to our mission of enhancing Southern vitality through the arts. So today, on National Voter Registration Day, we encourage you to register...

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Louisiana artist Hannah Chalew named 2022 Southern Prize recipient

At the awards ceremony celebrating the 2022 State Fellows, Hannah was named the Southern Prize Winner and Tennessee's Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo was named the Southern Prize Finalist...

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South Arts Announces The 2022-2023 Southern Circuit Season

Announcing the lineup of twelve Screening Partner venues and six films and filmmaking teams selected for the 2022-2023 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

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Kentucky Flood Recovery Efforts

South Arts stands with Eastern Kentucky as they begin to recover from the devastating floods that hit the state. If you are interested in getting involved, we have assembled a list of resources.

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South Arts Welcomes New Board Members

Our Board of Directors represents leaders from our nine-state region and beyond. They work across sectors in business, government, and the arts. We’re proud to have these thoughtful...

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Meet the 17 Organizations Selected As Southern Cultural Treasures

South Arts announces the Southern Cultural Treasures: a $6M, four-year initiative supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) -led and -serving arts and cultural organizations...

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South Arts Awards $491,391 in Grants to Artists and Organizations

South Arts announces the most recent grant recipients for three of our programs — Presentation Grants, Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants, and In These Mountains: Project Grants...

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Meet the 2022 State Fellows

South Arts has named nine visual artists as 2022 State Fellows, part of the Southern Prize and State Fellowships program. Each artist receives...

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NEW GRANT CYCLE

New Cycles for Express Grants, Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grants

Arts organizations, these grants operate on a rolling basis to support the presentation of artists in rural communities as well as your planning/professional development needs...

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NEW SEASON

Southern Circuit Call for 2022-2023 Screening Partners

Bring independent documentary filmmakers to your community for screenings and conversations around powerful stories and the art of filmmaking.

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NEW GRANT CYCLE

Now Accepting Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant Applications

Artists, apply for up to $2,000 to take advantage of a milestone opportunity in your career...

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NEW GRANT OPPORTUNITY

In These Mountains: Project Grants

Grants of $10,000 available for organizations in Central Appalachian KY, NC, & TN to conduct projects that promote sharing, teaching, preserving, and documenting folk arts & traditional culture...

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NEW GRANT CYCLE

Traditional Arts Touring Grants Application Now Open

Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 to support the engagement of a traditional artist or ensemble in their community...

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Meet the 2022 Emerging Leaders of Color

18 cultural leaders of color from across South Arts' nine-state region have been selected to participate in professional development and networking opportunities.

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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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