Careers

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Our team is passionate about elevating art in the South. We take pride in our work to encourage budding artists and connect audiences across the South. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, our team is committed to advancing southern vitality through the arts. 

Descriptions of open positions are available below. If you'd like to reach us, send an email to hr@southarts.org.

Assistant Director, Traditional Arts

The Assistant Director is responsible for supporting the implementation of the South Arts initiative, In These Mountains, Central Appalachian Folk Arts & Culture, and other traditional arts programming including but not limited to grants, systems management, and convening programs.

The Assistant Director will primarily assist with the development and implementation of In These Mountains, Central Appalachian Folk Arts & Culture, an initiative supporting folk arts and culture in Appalachian Regional Commission counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The position will provide support for the In These Mountains Grants Program, and the Folk Art Instructors and Emerging Traditional Arts Program cohort convenings in addition to working with key program partners to support folk arts education, mentor and apprentice artists programs, graduate student fieldwork and community scholar training.

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Assistant Director, Jazz

Reporting directly to the Program Director, the Assistant Director is responsible for supporting the implementation of the South Arts program, Jazz Road, and other jazz programming including but not limited to grants and systems management and convening programs.

The position will support the development and implementation of a national initiative that awards grants to individual jazz artists for competitive touring and residency project applications. Program elements include connecting jazz artists with traditional and alternative presenters throughout the US for tour and residency planning; supporting a partnership between the six US Regional Arts Organizations; collecting data on jazz artists and programming in the South; and building ongoing national program awareness and technical assistance support to the field.

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Request for Proposals: Program Contractor

South Arts is seeking a Contractor to engage in a multi-year relationship, supporting a forthcoming program that focuses on a limited number of BIPOC organizations. The Contractor will perform a broad range of administrative and programmatic services over a four-year period, playing a significant role helping to implement strategies and tactics that lead to programmatic success. South Arts is providing the overall design of the program. Some travel and weekend work will be required.

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Request for Proposals: Public Relations Firm

South Arts is seeking a public relations firm to engage in a multi-year relationship, supporting a forthcoming equity-based program. This program has initial support from a major national foundation, and requires South Arts to raise matching funds over the 3+ year duration. Through this program, South Arts will develop a cohort of approximately 14 arts and cultural organizations, from and serving BIPOC communities, from across our region (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN). These program participants will receive grant funding, capacity building resources and professional development, and gain the tools necessary to raise them to the next level of success and sustainability in serving their communities. Additionally, as South Arts raises the necessary funding to match the initial investment, we will develop a region-wide network of funders focused on the intersection of arts, culture, and equity. At many points throughout this project, South Arts will rely on a public relations firm for positioning and execution of the work; this will be a deep, working relationship throughout the course of this project.

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We are building and encouraging young artists, and young audiences—our job is to develop new art advocates so we can sustain the arts in our region, in every discipline.

Teresa Hollingsworth

Elevating Art