Our fiscal year 2022 was a year of growth. As our artists, organizations, and communities returned to in-person experiences, South Arts increased our investments and portfolio, increasing the opportunities for our constituents to meaningfully share their work. This resulted in more grants, partnerships, professional development, and connections across our nine-state region and the country.
Joel Peterson and Spectrum 3 received a Jazz Road Tours grant in spring 2022 to take their work on the road.Listen on Spotify
2022 Annual Report
Strengthen the arts. Strengthen the South.
In 2022, South Arts focused on sustainability, momentum, and impact as we worked toward our mission: advancing Southern vitality through the arts.
2022 in Review
Reflect back with us on 2022, and the artists, organizations, and communities from the South Arts family that made this year spectacular.
Our Impact, by the Numbers
In 2022 we granted
to artists and organizations.
Press Features and Mountaintops
"Creativity is worth investing in."
Our special initiative Southern Cultural Treasure, built with lead funding from the Ford Foundation, is supporting 17 organizations led by and serving Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with an investment of $6M over the coming years. Read what some of the press had to say about this new program:
|Arts Groups Named as ‘Southern Cultural Treasures’ in $6 Million Grant Program
|IL GIORNALE DELL'ARTE
|Giorno per giorno nell’arte | 7 luglio 2022
|BIRMINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL
|Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame selected for arts initiative
|THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
|New funding, Kennedy Center debut give Ballethnic strong footing for future
|THE MIAMI HERALD
|'Like winning the lottery.' These BIPOC arts groups in Miami got a much needed windfall
|THE ART NEWSPAPER
|South Arts and the Ford Foundation launch $6m programme supporting Southern arts organisations
|SOUTH CHARLOTTE WEEKLY
|JazzArts to get boost from Southern Cultural Treasures initiative
|THE POST AND COURIER
|2 SC organizations to receive part of a $6M funding initiative
Around the Region
South Arts primary region are the nine states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Our programs support the creative communities, artists, and organizations with grants, connections, and leadership. Explore the map below to learn about a few highlights of 2022.
In These Mountains Site Visit
Graduate student documentarians from Appalachian State University, Western Kentucky University, and East Tennessee State University met and worked together in person for the first time as part of In These Mountains.Explore Story
Led by Nate McGaha, executive director of Arts North Carolina, South Arts held a free workshop exploring the role and power of advocacy.Explore Story
ETAP, In These Mountains
Robbie Teasdale, Emerging Traditional Artist Program participant, used his award to construct a traditional woodfire anagama kiln on his parent’s farm in Decatur, Tennessee.Explore Story
Wideman Davis Dance, one of the five South Arts Momentum dance companies, explores media and interdisciplinary arts as part of reimagining and reclaiming antebellum homes.Explore Story
South Arts new Staff
In 2022, South Arts added several positions to support new programs and operations. While we are based in Atlanta, staff is often travelling to meet new people and learn about the region.Explore Story
Jazz artist Sammy Figueroa revisited his late father's legacy in a collaborative recording with support from a Jazz Road Creative Residencies grant.Explore Story
South Arts new Board members
South Arts is governed by a dynamic board of 26 individuals from our nine-state region and beyond; In 2022, we welcomed four new board members, including "slow design" pioneer Natalie Chanin of Florence, Alabama.Explore Story
Film producer Darcy McKinnon visited with community members at Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland, Mississippi after a Southern Circuit screening of the documentary The Neutral Ground.Explore Story
Southern Prize 2022
Southern Prize recipient and Louisiana State Fellow Hannah Chalew explores our changing climate through her artwork and installations.Explore Story
Board & Staff
Thank you to the South Arts Board of Directors for their generous service! Comprised of creatives, artists, entrepreneurs, and other leaders, their guidance and dedication are a vital role in our service to the region.
South Arts was founded 50 years ago to support the arts and culture of our region. As a Regional Arts Organization, we partner with the National Endowment for the Arts, the State Arts Agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee as well as individuals, and other public and private funders to fulfill our mission: advancing Southern vitality through the arts.
- Board Leadership
- Board Membership
The 2022 Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade, supported by an Express Grant, is a free creative placemaking event and an opportunity for the surrounding community and visitors to celebrate the history, ecology and people of Hilton Head Island, consisting of four public art making workshops and two parades led by artist Chantelle Rytter.
Photo credit: Gustavo Rattia.See More Work
Private Contributions & Other Income
State Grants & Contributions
Change in Net Assets
During FY 2022, a one-time gift from a private donor accounted for 51% of the Organization’s revenues. The numbers presented in this report are unaudited at this time. For a complete audit, when available, or any other questions, please contact Dalyla McGee, Development Officer, at email@example.com or 404-874-7244 x832.
To those who make our work possible
Debra and Dennis Scholl
Glenda E. Hood
John T Edge
Michael Quinlan and Mollie Quinlan-Hayes
Nigel A. Redden
Patrick R. and Susie VanHuss
Ivan Schustak and Jennifer Glass
Sarah E. Story
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