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South Arts opens 2020 Southern Prize applications

$80,000 in cash prizes on the line

Application deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 2019 Southern Prize banner
South Arts has opened applications for this year’s Southern Prize and State Fellowships. They are offering up to $30,000 in cash awards to visual artists in the nine-state South Arts region (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN); this includes nine State Fellowships worth $5,000 each as well as one Southern Prize winner receiving an additional $25,000 and one finalist receiving an additional $10,000. In addition, the Southern Prize winner receives a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. The deadline to apply is December 3, 2019. Click here to learn more.
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South Arts offers professional development + artistic planning grants

Funding up to $1,000 is available

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As part of its efforts to advance Southern vitality through the arts, South Arts offers a limited number of Professional Development and Artistic Planning grants to nonprofit performing, visual, media/film, multidisciplinary and literary arts presenting organizations in its nine-state region with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. South ArtsFunding up to $1,000 is available to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters/programmers/curators, strengthen program design, and increase organizational capacity. For the purposes of these guidelines, “presenters” are defined as organizations that present or host guest artists for engagements in their communities. These grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. A dollar-for-dollar cash match is a requirement. This grant program provides assistance for a wide-range of professional development opportunities supporting resources needed to succeed in the work of presenting. In the past, these grants have been used for:
  • traveling to see the work of artists being considered for future presentations, or to expand the presenters’ knowledge of an artform;
  • participating in a significant professional development opportunity; and
  • hosting an artist planning visit.
All applicants are required to contact Nikki Estes at 404.874.7244 ext. 16 to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application.

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Columbia’s Wideman Davis Dance selected for South Arts program

'Momentum' to help build touring capacity

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South Arts, a regional nonprofit arts organization, has announced the five Southern dance companies selected to participate in Momentum. This new three-year project, funded with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will allow the selected companies to build their capacity for regional and national touring. South Arts“There is remarkable dance occurring in our region,” said Nikki Estes, program director with South Arts. “Southern artists are pushing boundaries and telling important stories through this art form. Yet, they are often overlooked in favor of their counterparts in other parts of the US. Through Momentum, we aim to address that gap and raise the profile of Southern dance companies across the region and country.” Over the course of three years, each company will receive professional development, residency opportunities, and touring grants to fund their work. Participants will also showcase at the Performing Arts Exchange booking conference to share their work with arts presenters and programmers. The selected companies are:
  • Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami, Miami, Florida. Jennifer Kronenberg, Artistic Director.
  • Helen Simoneau Danse, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Helen Simoneau, Artistic Director.
  • New Dialect, Nashville, Tennessee. Banning Bouldin, Artistic Director.
  • staibdance, Avondale Estates, Georgia. George Staib, Artistic Director.
  • Wideman Davis Dance, Columbia, South Carolina. Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis, Artistic Directors.
The five companies were selected from an application pool of 37 companies by a national panel of leaders in the field of dance presenting and touring, and show exceptional promise both in their artistic quality and potential for expanded touring. The panel included:
  • Neil Barclay (CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History),
  • Christy Bolingbroke (Executive/Artistic Director, National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron),
  • Laurie Eisenhower (Founding Artistic Director, Eisenhower Dance),
  • Christopher Heacox (Executive Director, Auburn University Performing Arts Center),
  • Sophie Myrtil-McCourty (President, Lotus Arts Management),
  • Martin Wechsler (Former Director of Programming, The Joyce Theater),
  • and Ichun Yeh (Vice President/Director of Booking, Sozo Artists).
“Momentum is the next incarnation of our Dance Touring Initiative,” continued Estes. Through the Dance Touring Initiative, nearly 30 performing arts presenters throughout the Southern region have received professional development and funds to strengthen their work with touring modern dance and contemporary ballet companies over the last ten years. “We recognized that—even though we were working with Southern arts organizations—Southern dance companies were often not being engaged for tours. We began designing Momentum as soon as we identified this need.” The companies selected for Momentum will convene at the 2019 Performing Arts Exchange conference in Orlando, Florida to begin their professional development, and will participate in a series of webinars throughout the program addressing pertinent topics to the field. Additionally, they will be partnered with Dance Touring Initiative presenters for residencies to develop their work and touring capacity. South Arts will make grants available to present these companies in upcoming seasons. “Momentum is deeply informed by our new mission statement: advancing Southern vitality through the arts,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director with South Arts. “One of our goals is to support the artistic and professional growth and success of artists in the South, and Momentum represents new steps for our organization in that direction.” To learn more about Momentum as well as South Arts’ other programs supporting artists, arts organizations, and communities throughout the South, visit www.southarts.org.

About Wideman Davis Dance

Tanya Wideman Davis and Thaddeus Davis, Artistic Directors Wideman Davis Dance, founded in 2003, is deeply committed to revealing social and political issues through an African American perspective. They make work that is inspired by and engaged with current issues including race, social class, gender, and location. Viewing education as essential, Wideman Davis Dance connects with communities of all ages through residencies and by increasing their awareness of these social and political issues, and the ways in which those issues play out in today’s world. When designing residencies, they create environments for participants that cultivate their potential and empower them to change. The company works in an egalitarian way, in collaboration with artists, scholars, and students, implicitly shifting the traditional company model and leveling the hierarchical structures that typically exist within the arts field and its pedagogy. Wideman Davis Dance make dances that have the capacity to tell the truth and move the spirit, giving voice to the people who both perform and view them. They create a space for truths to be told, rupturing the silence of denial, and retelling history about the African American experience. Through their work, they catalyze an artistic ripple effect: their dances—and this shared history—resonate emotionally within the artists who perform it and ultimately within the audiences who view it. Ideally, artists and audiences are motivated to tell their own truths in their own voices: they remember and discover things about themselves and about their own history. Telling such truths can foster a range of reactions, from inspiration to discomfort, from inquiry to debate. In their artistic encounters, the company highly values the exchange that occurs with their audiences as they respond. The company draws from a strong lineage of dance forms they have studied, artists with whom they have worked, and socio-historical issues that they illuminate. Through both choreography and performance, they embody a range of aesthetics, including ballet and contemporary movement. They have created and performed with legendary companies and artists, including Dance Theater of Harlem, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group, Ballet NY, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Most influential is the lineage of ideas, history, and social structures that inspire their work and influence the world in which they—and their audiences—live. Artist Statement Wideman Davis Dance moves audiences, through the dances we create and perform, dialogues we lead, research we conduct, and movement experiences we share. We invite audiences and communities to engage: With ideas. With history. With the world around us. With honesty. Our artistic vision reflects truths from our shared lives. Our lineage draws from our long careers with leading professional companies in ballet and contemporary dance. Our model for working with audiences reflects decades of collaborating with communities around the country. Our track record of working with—and delivering to—presenters, colleges, and communities shows lasting results, as told through the stories from our collaborators.

About South Arts

South Arts advances Southern vitality through the arts. The 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 support the success of artists and arts providers in the South, address the needs of Southern communities through impactful arts-based programs, and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.

Strengthening Southern communities with the arts

Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit coming to S.C.

As our communities become more diverse, they may also become more divided. Creative placemaking provides ways to build bridges across these differences in hopes of more inclusive, connected, and resilient places.
Join South Arts, the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, and ArtPlace America in Columbia April 16-18, 2019 to explore how arts and cultural programming can bring people closer together! How can creative placemaking foster public-private partnerships that magnify positive impact in communities? Among the variety of types of partnerships, we would be particularly interested in examples of public/private partnerships that include visionary involvement by mayors or city leadership. This theme encompasses case studies from the region and practical skills that can be applied to build productive alliances.

Scholarships are available

Application deadline: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 South ArtsSouth Arts is offering a limited number of scholarships up to $500.00 to organizations within the Southern region to offset registration fees and travel/lodging costs associated with conference attendance. South Arts encourages organizations to send teams of two or more to the conference, including representatives of arts/culture organizations and others (city government, Main Street, community development agencies, higher education, etc.) who may be likely partners in creative placemaking efforts. Awards are limited to one scholarship per organization. Preference will be given to attendees from small and rural communities.

Note: Population of 50,000 or below is one standard definition of rural. For this program, South Arts will use this as a guidepost only; applicants may describe why their community should be considered small or rural.

South Carolinians can apply for these scholarships directly through South Arts.

South Arts Southern Prize, State Fellowships deadline near

One of nine state winners will take home the $25,000 Southern Prize

Application deadline: Monday, Dec. 3, 2018
Applications are now open for the South Arts 2019 State Fellowships! Apply through December 3, 2018. South ArtsThe South Arts State Fellowships is a state-specific prize awarded to the artists whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. A national jury will select one winner per eligible state, with artistic excellence being the sole criterion. A total of nine $5,000 South Arts State Fellowships will be awarded. Each state fellow will compete for one of the two South Arts Prizes: the $25,000 Southern Prize and the $10,000 Finalist. The Southern Prize winner will also receive a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. State fellowship recipients will be required to attend the awards ceremony, which happens to be in Columbia on April 15, 2019. Jurors for the State Fellowships include Katherine Jentleson (Atlanta) and Radhika Subramaniam (New York City). Jurors for the Southern Prize include David Houston (Columbus, Ga.). An exhibition of works by the State Fellowship winners will be open between April 15 and May 5, 2019 at 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program is open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This program is open only to visual artists and will expand to other disciplines in the future. Eligible disciplines include crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary. The application deadline is Monday, December 3, 2018. Applications are powered by The Hambidge Center. Questions or comments about this program? First consult the FAQs. If your answer isn’t there, please contact southernprize@southarts.org or call 404.874.7244 x10.

Get your piece of South Arts’ grants pie

One of the S.C. Arts Commission's critical partners is Atlanta-based South Arts, founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South ArtsSouth Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. They offer a portfolio of activities designed to address the issues important to our region and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. In addition to the S.C. Arts Commission, they partner with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Like SCAC, South Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, plus its member states, and foundations, businesses, and individuals. South Arts has several grant opportunities currently available to #SCartists and arts organizations in South Carolina. We are including descriptions of some upcoming opportunities, including informational webinar details is applicable.


Southern Prize and State Fellowships – Deadline: December 3, 2018 Visual arts fellowships of up to $30,000 As mentioned before, the South Arts State Fellowships and Southern Prize acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The South Arts State Fellowship is a state-specifi­c prize awarded to the artists whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. A review panel will select one winner per eligible state, with artistic excellence being the sole criterion. Each winner will be awarded a $5,000 South Arts State Fellowship, earn a spot in the Southern Prize & State Fellowships Exhibition, and compete for one of the two South Arts Prizes. A national panel will then convene to evaluate the body of work represented by the nine State Fellowship recipients and select the Southern Prize winner and ­finalist to receive an additional $25,000 and $10,000 respectively, based on artistic excellence. The Southern Prize winner will also receive a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. (These are a big deal!)   Momentum – Dance Touring Initiative for Southern Companies – Deadline: January 18, 2019 Funding and professional development over three years for modern dance/contemporary ballet companies gain touring capacity Momentum is an intensive professional development program over a three-year period for a group of five Southern dance companies, which will include mentorship, networking, conference showcasing and exhibiting, on-site planning meetings with presenters, tour-prep residencies, and touring. If you are a modern dance or contemporary ballet company based in the South with touring aspirations but limited success, this new program is an opportunity to build both your artistic and technical capacity.   Traditional Arts Touring – Deadline: December 5, 2018 Funds up to $5,000 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern traditional artists The Traditional Arts Touring grant program works to increase the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South, through funding projects which bring a traditional artist/ensemble and a scholar/folklorist for multi-day residencies in Southern communities. The maximum request is $5,000. For projects taking place between September 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.   Performing Arts Touring – Deadline: March 4, 2019 Funds up to $7,500 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern performers The Performing Arts Touring program is an opportunity for presenting arts organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region to receive fee support to present Southern performing artists from outside of the presenter’s state. Touring support is awarded to theatre, music, opera, musical theatre, and dance projects that contain both a public performance and an educational component. These grants are limited and very competitive. The maximum request is 50% of the artist fee, up to $7,500 for dance projects or $5,000 for all other projects. Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.   Literary Arts Touring – Deadline: May 1, 2019 Funds up to $2,500 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern writers The Literary Arts Touring grant program offers presenting organizations the opportunity to receive financial support to engage Southern writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry) who reside outside of the presenter’s state. Support is awarded to literary projects that contain both a public reading and an educational component such as a writing workshop. The project can include a single engagement by a writer or multiple writers involved in an event (for example, writers series or festivals). The maximum request is 50% of the writers’ fees, up to a total grant of $2,500. Each writer is required to fully-participate in the reading and educational/outreach component. Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.   Express Grants – Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities Funds up to $2,000 to support rural organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern performers or writers This new, quick turnaround grant program is an opportunity for presenting organizations in rural Southern communities (with populations of 50,000 or below) to engage Southern guest performing or literary artists from outside of the presenter’s state. Support is awarded to theatre, music, opera, musical theatre, dance, fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry projects that contain both a public performance or reading and an educational component. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. The maximum request is $2,000. For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.   Professional Development and Artistic Planning – Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities Funds up to $1,000 to support organizations either attending new professional development opportunities, traveling to see new work, or hosting an artist planning visit Funding is available for the professional development needs of Southern presenters/programmers/curators to strengthen program design and increase organizational capacity. Applications are only accepted for new professional development opportunities. Artistic planning activities can include travel to see/explore work for future public presentations or planning meetings with artists for future public presentations. Proposed projects must support or relate to the applicant’s work as a presenter. For the purposes of these guidelines, presenters are defined as organizations that present or host artists for engagements in their communities. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. The maximum request is $1,000. For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Apply now for South Arts State Fellowships, Southern Prize

One of nine state winners will take home the $25,000 Southern Prize

Application deadline: Monday, Dec. 3, 2018
Applications are now open for the South Arts 2019 State Fellowships! Apply through December 3, 2018. South ArtsThe South Arts State Fellowships is a state-specific prize awarded to the artists whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. A national jury will select one winner per eligible state, with artistic excellence being the sole criterion. A total of nine $5,000 South Arts State Fellowships will be awarded. Each state fellow will compete for one of the two South Arts Prizes: the $25,000 Southern Prize and the $10,000 Finalist. The Southern Prize winner will also receive a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. State fellowship recipients will be required to attend the awards ceremony, which happens to be in Columbia on April 15, 2019. [caption id="attachment_37695" align="alignright" width="220"] Kate Hooray Osmond[/caption] South Carolina's 2018 state fellow is painter and installation artist Kate Hooray Osmond of Charleston. Visit her website here. Jurors for the State Fellowships include Katherine Jentleson (Atlanta) and Radhika Subramaniam (New York City). Jurors for the Southern Prize include David Houston (Columbus, Ga.). An exhibition of works by the State Fellowship winners will be open between April 15 and May 5, 2019 at 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program is open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This program is open only to visual artists and will expand to other disciplines in the future. Eligible disciplines include crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary. The application deadline is December 3, 2018. Applications are powered by The Hambidge Center. Questions or comments about this program? First consult the FAQs. If your answer isn’t there, please contact southernprize@southarts.org or call 404.874.7244 x10.
Ed. note: South Arts State Fellowships are not to be confused with the S.C. Arts Commission's $5,000 Individual Artist Fellowships, which are open this cycle to visual and craft artists, music composers, and performing musicians, and have received significant attention here since August. The application deadline is tomorrow.

South Arts’ Dance Touring Initiative gains ‘Momentum’

Momentum is a new opportunity open to modern dance and contemporary ballet companies based in the South. South ArtsAn expansion of South Arts’ Dance Touring Initiative (DTI), Momentum is a new, three-year intensive professional development program for a group of five Southern dance companies. The program will include mentorship, networking, conference showcasing and exhibiting, on-site planning meetings with presenters, tour-prep residencies, and touring. South Arts will convene the group for in-person meetings, webinars, and conference calls throughout the program’s duration and provide funds to support touring engagements in at least five Southern communities. For each touring engagement, the dance companies will provide multi-day community residencies to include educational activities and public performances. Technical assistance and professional development will be designed to complement the tours and enhance companies’ organizational and touring capacity. Each participant must commit to the three-year program running from spring 2019 to spring 2022. If you are a modern dance or contemporary ballet company based in the South with touring aspirations but limited previous success, Momentum is an opportunity to build both your artistic and technical capacity. Only professional modern dance and contemporary ballet companies located in South Arts’ nine-state region are eligible to apply. (South Arts’ region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.) Applications are due January 18, 2019. Read Momentum's full guidelines and application. Want to learn more about this new initiative? Join South Arts for an informational webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 11a a.m. to noon (Eastern). Participate in the webinar. Questions? Contact Nikki Estes, Program Director, at 404.874.7244 ext. 16.

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South Arts issues RFP for exhibition in Columbia

Application deadline: Nov. 9, 2018


South ArtsOur partner South Arts is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to work as the South Arts State Fellowship and Southern Prize Program Exhibition Coordinator. The coordinator is a six-month contract position which manages the Fellowship and Prize exhibition. It may be renewed for future cycles based on the satisfaction of both South Arts and the coordinator. This exhibit is a new element of the South Arts State Fellowships and Southern Prize: each of the nine selected artists will be included in an exhibit in Columbia, the site of the 2019 awards ceremony. The Hub will have more information about the South Arts Southern Prize and its State Fellowships next week.
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Tuning Up: 1858 Prize and forum tomorrow + SEPF 2019 lineup

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


Collaborative first steps. Tomorrow is a big night at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. Dr. Leo Twiggs is set to receive the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. The pride of Orangeburg is the first S.C. artist (ahem, #SCartists) to receive the $10,000 prize. But you knew all that. What you might not know is that afterward is the Amy P. Coy Forum and 1858 Prize Party (6-8 p.m., 135 Meeting St., Charleston) at which representatives from ArtFields, South Arts, and the Gibbes will use the forum to discuss collaboration among the Southeast's three biggest arts prizes, which happen to be awarded by those entities. Where will it lead? We don't know, but that's why we're going. See you there? $35. SEPF announces 2019 guest artists. (And there are some, ahem, key names here.) Summertime is music festival time, and every year Columbia is a piano hotspot. The Southeastern Piano Festival is set to return June 16-23, 2019 and last week announced their guest artists. Artistic Director Joseph Rackers promises and incredible week of music. (Take it from The Hub – don't miss Alessio Bax). In addition to performances, accomplished pianists will give masterclasses and it all comes to a head with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition on June 21. (The teenage winner performs a concerto with the South Carolina Philharmonic.)