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Dance programs, professional development, touring film screenings: South Arts offers robust programs for presenters, artists, and audiences.


Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

An annual gathering of arts workers, community leaders, and other stakeholders, the Summit explores how the arts can make southern communities more inclusive, connected, and resilient.



Learn how readiness planning can prepare your organization for any emergency. The new dPlan|ArtsReady tool walks you through developing a plan so you are ready to face the unexpected.


Folklife in the South

The 2023 Folklife in the South convening—Folklife in a Textured World—will be held June 8-10, 2023, at Lake Guntersville State Park in Guntersville, Alabama


In These Mountains

Preserving and perpetuating the folk and traditional arts of Central Appalachia.


Jazz Road

A national initiative supporting jazz artists to build tours and explore their work.


Leaders of Color Fellowship

A national strategic leadership development program for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) leaders who are committed to the advancement of cultural equity in the arts.



A multifaceted professional development and grant-making program, this project enhances the presentation and touring of modern dance and contemporary ballet throughout the South.


Professional Development

South Arts is committed to supporting arts professionals in their growth at any stage in their career. Check this page frequently for upcoming and archival learning opportunities and resources.


Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Connecting indie filmmakers with audiences across the South.


Southern Cultural Treasures

A new, multi-year program supporting BIPOC-led and -serving arts and cultural organizations with grants of up to $300,000, networks to support growth, and more.


Upcoming Deadlines

Southern Prize and State Fellowships for Literary Arts

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