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Artist Opportunities | June 2024


June 14, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

$50.00 per ticket 

Join us for an enchanting evening at Noche De Art, a paint and sip party benefiting the Hispanic League Scholarship Program. Issis Kelly, a Winston-Salem artist and creator of the new Hispanic League mural, will guide you step by step in the bilingual activity. No previous experience is needed, and all materials will be provided.  

In addition to the painting activity, immerse yourself in our special exhibitions, “Flowers of Latin America”, inspired by the beautiful mural at the Hispanic League, 

Enjoy the art, participate in the sip and paint, and shop unique items. 


Opens July 15, 2024 – Deadline September 3, 2024 

South Arts recognizes that more than an invitation to participate in a significant milestone opportunity is required; even with stipends or payments, overall expenses can make such an opportunity inaccessible. To ensure that artists from our region can take full advantage of major opportunities, South Arts offers Individual Artists Career Opportunity Grants

These grants of up to $2,000 are available for artists in our nine-state region (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN) to take advantage of milestone opportunity in their careers, and will support opportunities taking place between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025. 

Preview the guidelines so you can begin your application soon! 


The Role of the Arts in Climate Adaptation and Migration : 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET : June 12, 2024 

Increasing population shifts are predicted in the future resulting in communities throughout the United States receiving newcomers. This presentation introduces climate adaptation and migration in addition to strategies and resources to help prepare communities to welcome newcomers, whether they are climate migrants, refugees, or immigrants. Since both environmental and cultural changes disproportionally impact marginalized communities, planning should not be color-blind to help not replication past injustices. Discussions include roles, players and issues in your location, assessing your situation, and taking action. 


Applications Opening June 17 

These grants support collaborations between artists or arts organizations with non-arts organizations in out nine state regions (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN). 

Cross-Sector Impact Grants open on June 17 and are available for up to $15,000 in order to support “arts &...” projects that incorporate the arts across different aspects of a community: for example, eligible themes may be arts and the military, arts and equality, arts and aging, or arts and community revitalization. Eligible projects must be a collaboration between an arts organization or artist and a non-arts organization. The deadline to submit a letter of interest for is August 1, and projects must take place between January 1, 2025 and June 30, 2026. 


Deadline June 1, 2024

Jazz artists, take your music to places it’s never been. Jazz Road Tours offer grants of up to $15,000 to develop tours into communities across the country.  Jazz Road Tours supports small, three- to-six-site tours at an array of venue types, often in rural communities and other areas traditionally underserved by the genre. This artist-centric grant program, designed to support approximately 50 tours each year, is made possible with funds from the Doris Duke Foundation with additional support from the Mellon Foundation.  

Applications now open for tours occurring October 1, 2024- April 1, 2025. The next deadline to apply is June 1, 2024, with additional deadlines occurring regularly through 2026. 


South Arts believes that rural communities deserve great art and can require specialized support to make that vision viable. Distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, Express Grants support rural organizations and communities with expedited grants of up to $3,000. To be eligible for funding, applicants must program arts experiences featuring a Southern artist. 

Express Grants are an opportunity for organizations in South Arts' nine-state region to receive fee support to present Southern guest film directors, visual and performing artists, or writers from inside or outside of the presenter's state. Artist fee support is awarded for: 

  • film (documentary, fiction, experimental, and animation), 

  • performing arts (theater, music, opera, musical theater, and dance), 

  • literary arts (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry), 

  • traditional arts, and 

  • visual arts (crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media). 

Projects must include both a public presentation (film screening, performance, reading, or exhibition) and an educational/community engagement component. Based on the artist fee, the maximum request is $3,000. The grant requires a dollar-for-dollar cash match (for example, an applicant that requests $3,000 must provide a $3,000 cash match for a project with a $6,000 artist fee). 


Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grants are available to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters, programmers, or curators, for strengthening program design or increasing organizational capacity. South Arts strongly believes professional development for presenters/programmers/curators is integral to success, including traveling to see new works and attending convenings. This grant program is open to film, visual arts, performing arts, traditional arts, literary arts, and multidisciplinary organizations. 

This funding can support staff’s travel expenses to conferences, festivals, exhibitions, workshops, and other professional development opportunities. Funding also supports guest artists’ or guest curators’ travel expenses for onsite planning meetings with presenting organizations. These grants support travel expenses (for example, lodging and air/ground transportation), admission/registration fees, and other related expenses. In addition, these grants support expenses for virtual professional development opportunities and staff training (for example, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility training or technology training for virtual engagements). 

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