Traditional Arts Touring Grants

Posted Aug 28, 2020


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Application Due Oct 01, 2020



These funding projects bring a traditional artist/ensemble and a scholar/folklorist for multi-day residencies in Southern communities.

Traditional Arts Touring Grants aim to increase the public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South by bringing artists together in Southern communities. Traditional Arts Touring Grants are available for requests from $1,000 up to $5,000. This program requires a 1:2 match. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until available funds are depleted. 

What are Traditional Arts?

The South is home to an abundance of traditional art forms whether they are indigenous to the region, or reflect the traditions of recent immigrant communities. Traditional arts are shared aesthetics, practices and values of families, geographic communities, occupational groups, ethnic heritage groups, etc. Traditional arts are learned orally, or by observation and imitation, often through a master artist instructing an apprentice. They are usually maintained without formal instruction or academic training. Some traditional arts have a deep-rooted history with little change, while others are constantly evolving and adapting to their changing environment.

Examples of traditional art forms (performing and visual arts) being practiced in the South include Afro-Cuban batá drum, Catawba pottery, Zydeco music, Indian Bharatha Natyam dance, Anglo American quilting, Peruvian retablos, African American gospel music, Chinese zheng, Cherokee storytelling, and Minorcan netmaking, among others.

Program Goals

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 that bring a traditional artist/ensemble and a scholar/folklorist for multi-day residencies in Southern communities.

This funding program is open to a wide variety of organizations, including community cultural organizations, schools/colleges/universities, libraries, museums, presenters, etc. The program serves both communities and traditional artists. Priority consideration is given to support new applicants and underserved communities.

South Arts staff can also direct you to potential resources and networks to identify traditional artists and scholars/folklorists. Applicants are strongly advised to contact Teresa Hollingsworth (Director, Film and Traditional Arts), or 404-874-7244 x 14 to discuss your project before you submit your application.

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Application Deadlines: October 1, 2020 and December 4, 2020
  • Applicants will be notified by email within 2 weeks of the deadline.
  • Projects must take place before June 30, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

The following is a top-level list of the main eligibility requirements necessary to be considered for a Traditional Arts Touring Grant. Please refer to the full list of eligibility requirements in the program’s Guidelines.

  • Be a tax-exempt nonprofit or an official unit of local, county, or state government based within South Arts’ nine-state service area.
  • Engage a traditional artist/ensemble for at least one public presentation and one educational activity; the educational activity must include contextual/scholarly content by a folklorist or scholar. The artist/ensemble must reside within South Arts’ nine-state service area, excluding the applicant’s state.
  • Provide a 1:2 cash match.
  • Readiness plan description

A full list of eligibility criteria and other project requirements is provided in the guidelines below.

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19, in-person project activities may not be possible. Applications will be accepted for virtual presentations and educational activities.


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