Preserving & perpetuating folk and traditional arts of Central Appalachia

The Central Appalachian counties of Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee are home to arts, tradition, and culture that is passed from generation to generation.


Emerging Traditional Artists Program

Providing a platform for traditional artists to connect with their peers, participate in professional development, and receive funds to pursue projects & learning opportunities.


Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships

Fellowships are open to master folk and traditional artists in Central Appalachian counties in KY, NC, and TN.


Mentor Artist and Apprentice Teams

Folk and traditional arts are passed across generations, and South Arts helps build these relationships by funding Mentor Artist and Apprentice teams through our partners.


Arts Education

Through targeted partnerships, we are expanding access to traditional arts education in K-12 districts.



Working with university students and community scholars, South Arts is documenting the folk and traditional arts of the region



For questions about any of the In These Mountains initiatives, contact program director Teresa Hollingsworth.

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