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.
Now Accepting Jazz Road Tours Grant Applications
Through this national initiative, jazz artists can apply for grants of up to $15,000 to take their work on the road on tours across the United States...
Announcing the 2022-2023 National Leaders of Color Fellows
The first cohort of the National Leaders of Color Fellowship program has been selected, representing 53 leaders from across the United States including nine from the South Arts region...Read More
Alice L. Walton Foundation Contributes up to $1.175M in Challenge Grant
Led by South Arts, Southern Cultural Treasures provides $6 million in support of 17 BIPOC arts and cultural orgs throughout Southeast over the next three years...Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read more
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.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read more
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...Read More
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.Read more
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...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