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Southern Arts Federation

Southern Arts Federation

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South Arts, formerly the Southern Arts Federation, headquartered in Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. According to the 2010 census, Atlanta's population is 420,003. Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, which is home to 5,268,860 people and is the ninth largest metropolitan area in...

, Georgia
Georgia (U.S. state)
Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies. The state is named after King George II of Great Britain. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788...

, is one of six not-for-profit
Non-profit organization
Nonprofit organization is neither a legal nor technical definition but generally refers to an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals, rather than distributing them as profit or dividends...

 regional arts organizations funded by the National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. It was created by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. Its current...

 (NEA). South Arts creates partnerships and collaborations, assists in the professional development of artists, arts organizations and arts professionals; presents, promotes and produces Southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and arts education.
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Quotations

There is one living spirit, prevalent over this world ... which assumes a multitude of forms according to subordinate laws. There is one thinking sensible principle allied to one kind of organic matter.

"Notebook C", as quoted in Creativity, Psychology And the History of Science (2005) by Howard E. Gruber and Katja Bödeker, p. 142

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universe, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.

"Notebook N" (1838), as quoted in Darwin's Religious Odyssey (2002) by William E. Phipps, p. 32

Our faculties are more fitted to recognize the wonderful structure of a beetle than a Universe.

"Notebook N" (1838) as quoted in On Evolution : The Development of the Theory of Natural Selection (1996) edited by Thomas F. Glick and David Kohn, p. 81

I feel most deeply that this whole question of Creation is too profound for human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton! Let each man hope and believe what he can.

London Illustrated News (21 April 1862)

Physiological experiment on animals is justifiable for real investigation, but not for mere damnable and detestable curiosity.

Letter to E. Ray Lankester, as quoted in "Charles Robert Darwin" by E. Ray Lankester in Library of the World's Best Literature : Ancient and Modern (1902) edited by Charles Dudley Warner, p. 4391

I love fools' experiments. I am always making them.

As quoted in "Charles Robert Darwin" by E. Ray Lankester in Library of the World's Best Literature : Ancient and Modern (1902) edited by Charles Dudley Warner, p. 4391
Encyclopedia
South Arts, formerly the Southern Arts Federation, headquartered in Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. According to the 2010 census, Atlanta's population is 420,003. Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, which is home to 5,268,860 people and is the ninth largest metropolitan area in...

, Georgia
Georgia (U.S. state)
Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies. The state is named after King George II of Great Britain. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788...

, is one of six not-for-profit
Non-profit organization
Nonprofit organization is neither a legal nor technical definition but generally refers to an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals, rather than distributing them as profit or dividends...

 regional arts organizations funded by the National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. It was created by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. Its current...

 (NEA). South Arts creates partnerships and collaborations, assists in the professional development of artists, arts organizations and arts professionals; presents, promotes and produces Southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and arts education. The organization works in partnership with the nine state arts council
Arts council
An arts council is a government or private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts mainly by funding local artists, awarding prizes, and organizing events at home and abroad...

s of Alabama
Alabama
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, Florida
Florida
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, Georgia, Kentucky
Kentucky
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, Louisiana
Louisiana
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, Mississippi
Mississippi
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, North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina is a state located in the southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina contains 100 counties. Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte...

, South Carolina
South Carolina
South Carolina is a state in the Deep South of the United States that borders Georgia to the south, North Carolina to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Originally part of the Province of Carolina, the Province of South Carolina was one of the 13 colonies that declared independence...

 and Tennessee
Tennessee
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.

History


Founded in 1975, South Arts is one of six not-for-profit, regional arts organizations (RAO's) funded by the National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. It was created by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. Its current...

 (NEA). The NEA's House reauthorizing committee encouraged the development of RAO's in 1973 to create a more effective mechanism for delivering services, especially those related to touring and presenting the performing arts
Performing arts
The performing arts are those forms art which differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artist's own body, face, and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal or paint which can be molded or transformed to create some physical art object...

. The United States Congress
United States Congress
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 sets aside a specific appropriation
Appropriation (law)
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 within the NEA budget for the “states and their regional organizations.”

The legislation creating South Arts and the other Regional Arts Organizations was introduced by Public Law 93-133:
  • 2/7/1973 Legislation introduced in Senate
  • 4/3/1973 Reported to Senate, amended, S. Rept. 93-100.
  • 5/2/1973 Passed/agreed to in Senate: Measure passed Senate, amended, roll call #112 (76-14).
  • 6/14/1973 Passed/agreed to in House: Measure passed House, amended in lieu of H.R. 3926.
  • 10/4/1973 Conference report agreed to in Senate: Senate agreed to conference report.
  • 10/19/1973 Public law 93-133 signed by President.


South Arts is supported additionally with funding from private foundations
Foundation (charity)
A foundation is a legal categorization of nonprofit organizations that will typically either donate funds and support to other organizations, or provide the source of funding for its own charitable purposes....

, corporations, individuals and dues paid by member states, which include Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee.

Programs


South Arts uses many programs in order to promote and support Arts in the South. These include:

Folklorists in the South Retreat (FITS) : Explores Tradition in a Contemporary World with a great roster of workshop and session leaders who will provide new information, resource methodology and technology tools to further research, teaching and public programs.

Performing Arts Exchange (PAE):PAE is a 4-day conference that creates opportunities for networking and transacting business. This conference is the primary forum for professional development for artists, artist managers and presenters.

SouthernArtistry.org : A free, online registry that showcases Southern visual and media artists, writers, performers and arts educators who have been nominated by their state arts agency based on the quality of their work.

Podcasts : In October 2006, South Arts published its first podcast in support of its Southern Circuit program.

Southern Circuit - Tour of Independent Filmmakers : Originated by South Carolina Arts Commission in 1975, Southern Circuit provides communities across the South with a tour of highly talented independent filmmakers.

Southern Visions : A traveling exhibit program that showcases traditional and contemporary art throughout the Southern United States.

Traditional Arts : South Arts identifies, promotes and presents indigenous southern arts and culture, in addition to the traditional arts of immigrant communities who make the South their home, to regional, national and international audiences.

Partners


South Arts works in partnership with nine member state arts councils:

Further reading

  • Binkiewicz, Donna M. Federalizing the Muse: United States Arts Policy and the National Endowment for the Arts, 1965-1980, University of North Carolina Press, 312pp., 2004. ISBN 0-8078-2878-5.

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