South Arts is a non-profit, Regional Arts Organization (RAO) headquartered in Atlanta, Ga serving audiences, arts organizations, and individual artists. South Arts is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses and individuals. We work in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

South Arts was founded in 1975 to build on the Souths unique heritage and to enhance the public value of the arts. With funding from the NEA, we strive to represent, support, and showcase Southern communities, arts and artists through our current programming. This programming includes: ArtsReady, the Performing Arts Exchange, Southern Circuit, Regional Touring Grants and the Dance Touring Initiative, as well as professional development, folk/traditional arts programs and special initiatives.


South Arts strengthens the South through advancing excellence in the arts, connecting the arts to key state and national policies and nurturing a vibrant quality of life.

Strategic Goals

  • Impact the careers of artists from our region
  • Provide leadership to build relationships and networks benefiting artists and arts professionals within and beyond our region
  • Accelerate and deliver excellent programs across state borders
  • Promote awareness of, and visibility for, the arts community of the South