Traditional Arts Touring Grants increase the public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South. These grants support in-person or live virtual residencies by Southern traditional artists in Southern communities. Traditional Arts Touring Grants are available for requests from $1,000 up to $5,000. This program requires a 1:2 match.
What are Traditional Arts?
The South is home to an abundance of traditional art forms, whether they are indigenous to the region or reflect the traditions of recent immigrant communities. Traditional arts are shared aesthetics, practices, and values of families, geographic communities, occupational groups, ethnic heritage groups, etc. Traditional arts are learned orally, or by observation and imitation, often through a mentor artist instructing an apprentice. These traditions are usually maintained without formal instruction or academic training. Some traditional arts have a deep-rooted history with little change, while others are constantly evolving and adapting to their changing environment.
Examples of traditional art forms (performing and visual arts) practiced in the South include Afro-Cuban batá drum, Catawba pottery, Zydeco music, Indian Bharatha Natyam dance, Anglo American quilting, Peruvian retablos, African American Sacred Steel, Chinese Zheng, Cherokee storytelling, and Minorcan netmaking, among others.
The Traditional Arts Touring Grant Program works to increase public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South, through funding projects that bring a traditional artist/ensemble for a residency of two or more days in Southern communities.
This funding program is open to a wide variety of organizations, including community cultural organizations, schools/colleges/universities, libraries, museums, performing arts presenters, etc. Although only these organizations are eligible to apply, the program funds activities that serve both communities and traditional artists.
South Arts staff can direct you to potential resources and networks to identify traditional artists. Applicants are strongly advised to contact Teresa Hollingsworth (Director, Traditional Arts), at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-874-7244 x814, to discuss your project before you submit your application.
Important Dates & Deadlines
- Application Opens: November 1, 2022
- Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
- Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by April 17, 2023
- Projects must take place between July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024.
South Arts' Commitments
South Arts has prioritized the following:
- South Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
- We have prioritized this commitment to ensure that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led and LGBTQIA+ -led organizations are represented as both applicants and grantees. In addition, we encourage applications for projects that engage BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists.
- South Arts is committed to funding traditional arts projects in rural communities (with populations under 50,000).
The following is a top-level list of the main eligibility requirements necessary to be considered for a Traditional Arts Touring Grant. Please refer to the full list of eligibility requirements in the program's Guidelines.
- Applicant must be a nonprofit organization, official unit of government, or an educational organization based within South Arts' nine-state service area.
- Eligible projects must include the following:
- Engagement of a traditional artist or ensemble (meeting the traditional art form description above) that resides in South Arts’ nine-state region but in a state other than the applicant's
- A residency of a minimum of two days
- At least two live educational/outreach components
- At least one public presentation of at least 60 minutes, open and marketed to the public and serving a wide audience
- Applicant must provide a 1:2 cash match.
- Organizations currently receiving funding through South Arts’ Presentation Grants or Literary Arts Touring Grants are not eligible for this grant program.
- All applicants must have a UEI (Unique Entity ID) number. (Review more about how to obtain a Unique Entity ID here.)
A full list of eligibility criteria and other project requirements is provided in the guidelines below.