South Arts Awards Over $300,000 in Arts Grants Throughout Region


Atlanta – South Arts, a Regional Arts Organization serving nine states in the Southeast, has announced $311,349 in grants to 70 arts organizations throughout the region. These grants, made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, support organizations presenting out-of-state artists for public performances and educational activities.

“The arts are integral to both the economic success of our region and our quality of life,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “Organizations in communities throughout the region leverage our funding for significant impact. Last year, our grantmaking funds enabled an additional $3.4 million to be raised and spent by the organizations with which we work. Additionally, according to a recent study by Americans for the Arts, performing arts audiences spend approximately $25 per person above and beyond the price of admission. The ripple effect from investing in the arts deeply impacts local economies.”

The grants, which must be matched at least dollar for dollar by the recipient organization, support organizations in South Arts’ nine state region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Organizations applied this spring and were recently notified of their status.

“Supporting the careers of artists, especially those from within our region, is central to our mission,” continued Surkamer. “This year, we are supporting organizations presenting Ballet Memphis, South Georgia Ballet, and Columbia City Ballet, each of which are excellent dance companies who will share their work in performances and residencies. From Florida’s jazz pioneer Chick Corea to Tennessee’s young bluegrass band The Barefoot Movement, we are very proud to support touring artists who call our region home as well as the audiences they serve.”

In addition to these performing arts touring grants, South Arts will announce the recipients of literary arts touring grants later this month. The literary arts grants support the presentation of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry authors for public readings and educational workshops.

Applications for South Arts touring grants for nonprofit and governmental organizations in the nine-state region open in November each year with deadlines in March and May. Additional information is available at www.southarts.org.

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About South Arts

South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.

GRANT LIST

Alabama

  • Knox Concert Series of Anniston received a $3,713 Regional Touring grant to present Helsingbourg Symphony Orchestra in January 2018.
  • Alabama Dance Council, Inc. of Birmingham received a $6,338 Regional Touring grant to present Ballet Memphis in January 2018.
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham of Birmingham received a $5,700 Regional Touring grant to present Ballet Hispanico in September 2017.
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham of Birmingham received a $5,963 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in February 2018.
  • Alabama State University of Montgomery received a $4,868 Regional Touring grant to present Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in March 2018.

Florida

  • South Florida State College of Avon Park received a $5,897 Regional Touring grant to present Columbia City Ballet in December 2017.
  • Bethune-Cookman University of Daytona Beach received a $5,663 Regional Touring grant to present Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in April 2018.
  • Broward Performing Arts Foundation of Fort Lauderdale received a $4,013 Regional Touring grant to present Chanticleer in January 2018.
  • University of Florida Performing Arts of Gainesville received a $5,803 Regional Touring grant to present Ballet Boyz in January 2018.
  • The Ritz Theatre and Museum of Jacksonville received a $3,528 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present L.A. Theatre Works in February 2018.
  • Miami-Dade County – South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center of Miami received a $6,613 Regional Touring grant to present Dance Theatre of Harlem in March 2018.
  • Miami-Dade County – South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center of Miami received a $3,740 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present globalFEST in February 2018.
  • FUNDarte, Inc. of Miami Beach received a $5,719 Regional Touring grant to present Fundacion Casapatas in November 2017.
  • Monticello Opera House Inc of Monticello received a $4,106 Regional Touring grant to present South Georgia Ballet in November 2017.
  • MicheLee Puppets of Orlando received a $1,400 Regional Touring grant to present All Hands Productions in August 2017.
  • Florida State University Foundation of Tallahassee received a $3,740 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present globalFEST in February 2018.
  • VSA Florida, Inc. of Tampa received a $3,944 Regional Touring grant to present James Durbin in October 2017.

Georgia

  • Center for Puppetry Arts, Inc. of Atlanta received a $3,917 Regional Touring grant to present The Frisch Marionette Company in March 2018.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology of Atlanta received a $3,792 Regional Touring grant to present Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental in March 2018.
  • Georgia State University of Atlanta received a $6,469 Regional Touring grant to present Compagnie Herve Koubi in February 2018.
  • JapanFest, Inc. of Atlanta received a $1,447 Regional Touring grant to present Matsuriza in September 2017.
  • Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Inc. of Dunwoody received a $6,544 Regional Touring grant to present Koresh Dance Company in January 2018.
  • Kennesaw State University of Kennesaw received a $3,527 Regional Touring grant to present Street Corner Symphony in August 2017.
  • Clayton State University of Morrow received a $3,685 Regional Touring grant to present David Russell in March 2018.
  • Savannah Music Festival of Savannah received a $4,581 Regional Touring grant to present Herlin Riley Quintet in April 2018.

Kentucky

  • Paramount Arts Center of Ashland received a $3,700 Regional Touring grant to present Cirque Zuma Zuma in February 2018.
  • Centre College of Kentucky of Danville received a $6,384 Regional Touring grant to present Jessica Lang Dance in January 2018.
  • Great American Brass Band Festival Inc. of Danville received a $2,771 Regional Touring grant to present Storyville Stompers in June 2018.
  • Pennyroyal Arts Council Inc. of Hopkinsville received a $6,047 Regional Touring grant to present Ailey II in October 2017.
  • Kentucky Center for the Arts of Louisville received a $6,019 Regional Touring grant to present Jessica Lang Dance in January 2018.
  • Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center of Paducah received a $5,784 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present Pilobolus in March 2018.

Louisiana

  • Douglas Manship Sr Theater of Baton Rouge received a $5,775 Regional Touring grant to present Tango Fire in January 2018.
  • Acadiana Center for the Arts of Lafayette received a $2,805 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present globalFEST in March 2018.
  • Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) of New Orleans received a $3,725 Regional Touring grant to present Kaneza Schaal in November 2017.
  • New Orleans Ballet Association of New Orleans received a $5,991 Regional Touring grant to present Ballet Hispanico in October 2017.
  • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute of New Orleans received a $5,916 Regional Touring grant to present Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in November 2017.
  • Red River Revel, Inc. of Shreveport received a $3,842 Regional Touring grant to present Be the Groove in October 2017.

Mississippi

  • USA International Ballet Competition of Jackson received a $5,897 Regional Touring grant to present Joffrey Ballet in June 2018.
  • Harrisburg Cultural and Social Services Center of Tupelo received a $5,916 Regional Touring grant to present Dance Exchange in February 2018.
  • Alcorn State University of Vicksburg received a $3,744 Regional Touring grant to present Chick Corea in April 2018.

North Carolina

  • Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center of Asheville received a $5,550 Regional Touring grant to present Dance Heginbotham in March 2018.
  • Pack Place Performing Arts of Asheville received a $6,188 Regional Touring grant to present BODYTRAFFIC in March 2018.
  • LEAF Community Arts of Black Mountain received a $2,569 Regional Touring grant to present Feufollet in October 2017.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill of Chapel Hill received a $5,963 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in January 2018.
  • Davidson College of Davidson received a $3,528 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present L.A. Theatre Works in February 2018.
  • American Dance Festival of Durham received a $6,581 Regional Touring grant to present Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in July 2017.
  • Carolina Theatre of Durham of Durham received a $6,328 Regional Touring grant to present Dance Theatre of Harlem in February 2018.
  • Duke University of Durham received a $4,200 Regional Touring grant to present Lost Bayou Ramblers in September 2017.
  • Music for a Great Space of Greensboro received a $1,346 Regional Touring grant to present Faythe Freese in October 2017.
  • United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, Inc. of Greensboro received a $2,629 Regional Touring grant to present Treme Brass Band in September 2017.
  • Pamlico Musical Society of Oriental received a $1,490 Regional Touring grant to present The Barefoot Movement in December 2017.
  • North Carolina State University of Raleigh received a $4,283 Regional Touring grant to present Marc Bamuthi Joseph in March 2018.
  • Cape Fear Community College of Wilmington received a $5,578 Regional Touring grant to present Sidra Bell Dance New York in April 2018.
  • Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts of Wilmington received a $3,015 Regional Touring grant to present Haya Band in April 2018.
  • UNCW of Wilmington received a $3,528 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present L.A. Theatre Works in February 2018.
  • Hispanic League of Winston-Salem received a $1,626 Regional Touring grant to present Cubanana in September 2017.

South Carolina

  • Midlands Technical College of Columbia received a $5,784 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present Pilobolus in February 2018.
  • Southern Guitar Festival and Competition of Columbia received a $1,176 Regional Touring grant to present Los Angeles Duo in June 2018.
  • University of South Carolina of Columbia received a $3,075 Regional Touring grant to present Yarn/Wire in March 2018.
  • Arts Center of Coastal Carolina of Hilton Head received a $5,784 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present Pilobolus in January 2018.

Tennessee

  • Lee University of Cleveland received a $4,356 Regional Touring grant to present WindSync in January 2018.
  • Germantown Performing Arts Center of Germantown received a $6,038 Regional Touring grant to present Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE in February 2018.
  • Campbell Culture Coalition of LaFollette received a $2,234 Regional Touring grant to present Dom Flemons in September 2017.
  • Memphis Blues Society of Memphis received a $1,120 Regional Touring grant to present Vasti Jackson in September 2017.
  • Orpheum Theatre Group of Memphis received a $5,738 Regional Touring grant to present Rhythmic Circus in November 2017.
  • Orpheum Theatre Group of Memphis received a $5,963 Regional Touring-Block Book grant to present Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in February 2018.
  • Conservancy For The Parthenon & Centennial Park of Nashville received a $4,219 Regional Touring grant to present North Mississippi All-Stars in September 2017.
  • Global Education Center of Nashville received a $3,966 Regional Touring grant to present Ballet Plata y Oro in October 2017.
  • Native American Indian Association of TN of Nashville received a $2,768 Regional Touring grant to present Native American Dance Troupe/Living History Women in October 2017.
  • OZ Arts of Nashville received a $5,700 Regional Touring grant to present Zoe|Juniper in September 2017.