South Arts seeks to strengthen the arts in the South by encouraging diversity in audiences, artists and art forms and preserving and promoting the indigenous arts of the South. South Arts provides a variety of programs and services designed to sustain and expand markets for southern arts, artists and arts organizations and to create and strengthen networks of southern artists, arts professionals and arts organizations' capacities through technical assistance and other developmental resources.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. Audiences have seen over 200 films and have engaged filmmakers in post-screening discussions in more than 50 communities across the Southern United States.
The Performing Arts Exchange is the primary marketplace and forum for performing arts presenting and touring—artists and work, ideas, learning and information—in the eastern United States.
Folklorists in the South activities focus on new trends in the field, regional and national issues, public programming, and research issues pertaining to folklife in the South. FITS welcomes public sector folklorists, community scholars, academics, students and others working in the field.
ArtsReady is an online tool to help organizations in the arts sector plan for and respond to emergency situations, mitigate damage, and protect our national cultural and artistic heritage.
As part of our strategic plan adopted in 2010, we have launched a research program with two main areas of inquiry: the creative economy and arts education, as well as the intersection between the two, which is workforce development.
The Dance Touring Initiative is a three-year project to enhance the presentation of modern dance and contemporary ballet for presenters and audiences. To strengthen their audiences' connection with modern dance and contemporary ballet, 10 presenter participants receive intensive professional development, peer mentorship, technical assistance, and touring subsidies during the project.