South Arts Awards 52 Jazz Artists with $2M in Grants Supporting Creative Residencies

Atlanta – Jazz Road, South Arts’ national initiative supporting jazz artists, announces its largest investment in the field to date. Through Jazz Road Creative Residencies, 52 artists are receiving grants of up to $40,000 each, allowing them the opportunity to further explore their artform and work. Projects supported through Jazz Road Creative Residencies range from the creation of new works to community-driven collaborative events.Meet the artists and read about each project

“Jazz Road Creative Residencies is uniquely artist-centric,” explained Sara Donnelly, South Arts’ Director of Jazz. “We left the interpretation of ‘residency’ open-ended so that artists could shape projects with few parameters and the greatest flexibility possible. Each artist has different artistic and career needs, especially as we look through and beyond the pandemic. These grants can help artists fulfill their dreams, be they about large-scale creative visions or the need to connect with new audiences. The recipient artists can either work with partners or on their own, but the artist is in the driver’s seat. Each artist maintains ownership of their work and receives equitable pay for their time and experience while conducting their project.”

The 52 recipients are a broad representation of the national field. Recipients come from every region of the country, and work within multi-faceted jazz/improvisation genres.

Some of the recipients and their projects include:

Delbert Anderson and D/DAT from Farmington, NM. Requiring nearly 3,500 miles of travel, trumpet conceptualist Delbert Anderson’s 4-pc ensemble DDAT will continue education and research of Indigenous cultures through a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Residency. Sites include: Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA, Celebration Park, Idaho; Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River, Oregon; and Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. Performances and community workshops will be captured by a documentary crew.
Jason Marsalis from New Orleans, LA. Drummer Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band, with additional local jazz legends, will partner with the Congo Square Preservation Society, New Orleans Jazz Museum, Jazz and Heritage School of Music, Ellis Marsalis Center, and New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts in the Congo Square Roots of Jazz Residency. The project centers on three-weeks of sessions within Living Classroom fieldtrips, museum jazz labs and performances at Congo Square within Louis Armstrong Park to explore the roots of Bamboula and Second Line rhythms.
Camille Thurman from Newburgh, NY. Celebrating the legacy of Black women authors including Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Ntozake Shange and others, saxophonist/vocalist Camille Thurman will partner with HBCU North Carolina Central University to perform and meet with students from multiple departments. Additional activities with the Durham Arts Council and Hayti Heritage Center will include performances and video documentation.

Applications for Jazz Road Creative Residencies were open earlier this year. South Arts received more than 450 applications, which were reviewed by a panel of peer musicians and jazz luminaries. The funded projects will occur through June 30, 2022.

In addition to the Jazz Road Creative Residencies awards, South Arts continues to accept applications for Jazz Road Tours. Through Jazz Road Tours, artists can apply for grants of up to $15,000 to support tours that bring their work to audiences across the country.

Jazz Road, a national program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is led by South Arts in partnership with the five other U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/WESTAF). Jazz Road Creative Residencies is the third grant opportunity in this initiative, adding to the ongoing Jazz Road Tours grants and previous COVID-19 relief grants from the Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund.

To learn more about Jazz Road and read about each Jazz Road Creative Residencies recipient and their projects, visit or call 404.874.7244.


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

About the Jazz Road Creative Residencies Recipients

Chico FreemanSan Diego, CAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Chicago, ILThe Chico Freeman 19-pc Orchestra will create new extended suite w/conductor, John Kordalewski, in honor of the Chicago legacy set by Freeman’s legendary father Von Freeman. The University of Chicago, South Side Jazz Coalition and Constellation will be sites for open rehearsals and performances.

Edward SimonEmeryville, CAGrant Amount: $39,990Residency Location(s): San Francisco, CA & New York, NYResidency host San Francisco Conservatory of Music will present and video document a program celebrating the legacy of Latin American women songwriters and the world premiere of Edward Simon’s Chamber Music America commissioned work for the Edward Simon Trio with guests Mexican vocalist Magos Herrera and percussionist Luis Quitero. Collaborator Magos Herrera will lecture on the music of Latin American women. 

John EscreetSan Gabriel, CAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Los Angeles, New York, MultipleCreate, workshop, record and perform new work for pianist Escreet’s trio including bassist, Eric Revis and drummer, Damion Reid. In-studio recording for a new album will lead to new release shows at The Jazz Gallery (NY) and Sam First Jazz Club (Los Angeles).

Marcus RobertsTallahassee, FLGrant Amount: $39,995Residency Location(s): Tallahassee, FLTo create, perform, and record new work, “Tomorrow’s Promises” with the Modern Jazz Generation 10-pc ensemble, fusing his original music with narration and spoken word. This is a new exploration of multi-disciplinary work while experiencing new visual impairment technology.

Sammy FigueroaMiami Beach, FLGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Miami, FLWill record an album of his late father’s most beloved songs (singer Charlie Figueroa) with arrangements by guests, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, John DaVersa, and Martin Bejerano. A performance at the Faena Jazz Series and workshops in Miami-Dade public schools in alliance with Young Musicians Unite!.

Wycliffe GordonMacon, GAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Macon, GAGordon with partner Douglass Theatre hopes to foster a new jazz scene in Macon, GA by engaging students from local school districts and Fort Valley State University, as well as churches across Central Georgia. Gordon will provide instruction and performance opportunities to residency participants.

Damon LocksChicago, ILGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Knoxville, TNLocks with Ben LaMar Gay and Arif Smith, will present a series of performances by the Black Monument Ensemble with partner, the Big Ears Festival. The ensemble will work through a pair of Black monument sites in East Tennessee – the Children’s Defense Fund’s Alex Haley Farm and the Highlander Research and Education Center. The ensemble will visit Black artist groups and youth organizations focused on vulnerable communities for workshops. A final performance will be presented during the Big Ears Festival.

Ernest DawkinsChicago, ILGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Durham, NCCreate new artistic work, Refound Connections, based on history/culture of Durham. Hold performance, masterclasses and workshops for young musicians with partner Art of Cool Project. Audio and video documentation will be captured.

Joshua AbramsChicago, ILGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Chicago, ILCreation of new work to be recorded with large ensemble including Chicago’s most active experimental composer/performers; presented at Constellation and the South Side’s Stony Island Art Banks with Rebuild Foundation performance space. This space cultivates activism for cultural development and neighborhood transformation.

Mars WilliamsChicago, ILGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): New Orleans, LA; Chicago, ILWill be in residence at Music Box Village in New Orleans to develop and premiere DEVIL’S WHISTLE. This is an extension of earlier project for 13 interactive “musical houses” at Music Box Village, a community art project featuring unique, artist-made musical installations on a forested plot in the Upper 9th Ward in New Orleans. Williams will collaborate with media director, Kim Alpert, to video-document. Elastic Arts and Experimental Music Studio in Chicago will host performances. The Chicago-based orchestra will travel back to New Orleans for performance.

Aurora NealandNew Orleans, LAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): New Orleans, LASaxophonist/accordionist/vocalist Nealand and core ensemble to include drummer Mikel Patrick Avery, and other sonic collaborators, will build a “practice co-op” for New Orleans creative composers to work in tandem with environmental, racial and social justice advocates.

Ben JaffeNew Orleans, LAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Knoxville, TNIn partnership with the Big Ears Festival (Knoxville), two sections of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform and do extensive outreach with the East Tennessee Bluegrass Association (to explore connections between bluegrass and New Orleans jazz), work with the mizik rasin band RAM (to explore connections between New Orleans and Haitian-rooted beginnings), and Cattywampus Puppet Council (to work with schools in giant puppet making for parades w/Preservation Hall).

Donald HarrisonNew Orleans, LAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): New Orleans, LAAs a Big Chief in Afro-New Orleans culture, Harrison and the band will work with the Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans Cultural Group and Guardians Institute for community outreach. Harrison wants to write, rehearse, record, and perform new music. He will conduct workshops, lead discussions, host Q&As in the upper ninth ward at the Donald Harrison Sr Museum and Congo Square.

Jason MarsalisNew Orleans, LAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): New Orleans, LADrummer Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band w/ additional local jazz legends will partner with the Congo Square Preservation Society, New Orleans Jazz Museum, Jazz and Heritage School of Music, Ellis Marsalis Center, and New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts in the Congo Square Roots of Jazz Residency. The project centers on three-weeks of sessions within Living Classroom fieldtrips, museum jazz labs and performances at Congo Square within Louis Armstrong Park to explore the roots of Bamboula and Second Line rhythms.

Felipe SallesFlorence, MAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Wakefield, MA; New York, NYSalles and his Interconnections Ensemble will collaborate with eight guest composers including Paquito D’Rivera, Yosvanny Terry and Melissa Aldana to rehearse and record new work exploring immigration.

Mehmet Ali SanlıkolBelmont, MAGrant Amount: $36,350Residency Location(s): Roslindale, MASanlıkol and 19-pc Whatsnext? will write and record new compositions for jazz orchestra with guests, saxophonist Miguel Zenon, clarinetist Anat Cohen, and percussionist Antonio Sanchez. Music will fuse Western jazz and Middle Eastern (Turkish modes, microtones, rhythms) and draw on Muslim and Sufi literary and spirtual sources.

Terry JenoureNorthfield, MAGrant Amount: $31,516Residency Location(s): Northfield, Turners Falls, and Northampton, MAExperimental vanguard violinist/vocalist, Jenoure will work with her sextet to rehearse, perform and record a new composition. Teaching and performance will underscore Jenoure’s role as a bandleader, Black Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx housing projects and serve as a model for young women of color in a primarily white environment. Improvisation workshops at the Shea Theatre and evaluative meetings with collaborators and general public will be coordinated through partner, Eggtooth Productions.

Marc CaryBaltimore, MDGrant Amount: $38,770Residency Location(s): Washington, DCCary’s Indigenous People’s Arkestra will create a live recording and documentary of new work fusing jazz and go go music, featuring local go go pioneers and community leaders. Arts incubator partner, Bloom Bars (DC) will promote open rehearsals, livestreams, and Q&A sessions. A live recording will be released as an album, and a documentary will be made available through YouTube webisodes.

Adegoke Steve ColsonMontclair, NJGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): New York, NYTo write, rehearse, perform, and audio/video document new extended work for octet celebrating the Harlem School for the Arts and renewing artistic practice with students across multi-disciplines (dance, theater). Colson will collaborate with the Jazz Program to perform during A Train Festival of the Arts. Masterclasses/Performances for students, families and the community will also occur.

Delbert AndersonFarmington, NMGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Multiple locations & regionsIn partnership with the Bureau of Land Mgmt, DDAT will visit five Indigenous communities through UT, OR and ID for residency workshops and tribal connection. A documentation team will be present.

Adam O’FarrillBrooklyn, NYGrant Amount: $24,700Residency Location(s): Bethel, MEStranger Days will stay in rural Bethel ME hosted by Morning Glory Farm to rehearse and infuse new work through the inspiration of organic farming. New music will be rehearsed and performed at the local Gem Theatre as well as the surrounding Albany Mountain Trail and Bethel Community Forest.

Andrew DruryBrooklyn, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Conway MA; Seattle, WA; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; New York, NYDrury’s The Forest will rehearse and perform work in three regions to include venues, Cornish College (Seattle), Roulette (NY), and Tuckaway Farm Music Studio (MA). Community improvisations will take place at the US/Mexico border fence and rural NH for participatory drumming, soup, sauna and ice skating

Aruán OrtizBrooklyn, NYGrant Amount: $39,800Residency Location(s): Dallas, TXPastor’s Paradox Quartet (Aruan Ortiz alongside Don Byron, Lester St. Louis, Pheeroan AkLaff) will develop new music to be presented by Teatro Dallas. Ortiz will invite eight teen vocalists from Booker T Washington Highschool Music Conservatory to perform. Other community engagement will take place through the Martin Luther King Community Center and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. Work will be filmed.

Bobby PreviteNew York, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Greensboro, NCPrevite, joined by saxophonist Charlie Hunter, will rehearse and perform compositions from BLUEPRINTS, a project begun earlier to foster local large ensemble development in Greensboro, NC. Partner venues for performances include the Revolution Mill, Studio 413, and The Flat Iron. Lectures/masterclasses will take place for students at Greensboro’s North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the largest historically black college in the US.

Camille ThurmanNewburgh, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Durham, NCCelebrating the legacy of Black women authors including Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Ntozake Shange and others, saxophonist/vocalist, Camille Thurman will partner with HBCU North Carolina Central University to perform and meet with students from multiple departments. Additional activities with the Durham Arts Council and Hayti Heritage Center will include performances and video documentation.

Clarence PennBrooklyn, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Black Mountain & Asheville, NCDrummer Penn’s American Patchwork Quartet (Falu Shah, vocals; Clay Ross, guitar; Yasushi Nakamura, bass) will engage 60 students at Asheville, NC highschool for masterclasses/rehearsals. Two performances for 6000 attendees will take place at the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain, NC. These communal activities will culminate in an album recording.

Craig S. HarrisNew York, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Harlem, NYHarris and his Harlem Nightsongs Ensemble will enhance his long standing residency at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Harlem. In the tradition of Charles Mingus and Sam Rivers, young musicians are invited to sub for elders. The public is invited to free afternoon rehearsals and evening performances. Pre-show talks on social issues occur with invited speakers.

Elio VillafrancaBronx, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Springfield, MATo bring the 10-piece Jass Syncopators to Sonido Musica and String Village students in Springfield, MA for a residency centering on the Yoruba and Arara cultures intersections with jazz. Music will be recorded for final video presentation, in-person and streamed.

Fabian AlmazanNew York City, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Miami, FL; Dallas, TXCuban émigré pianist Almazan will interview residents of the Sacrifice Zones (“Black Snow”, Ocala FL, etc.) and compose music for trio to include bassist, Linda May Han Oh and drummer, Henry Cole. Collaborators are visual stage light/sculptor Andrew Scott and international speaker, Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, produced in partnership with Live Arts Miami.

Gordon “Ches” SmithBrooklyn, NYGrant Amount: $33,030Residency Location(s): New York, NY; Yorktown, VA”We All Break” ensemble is an exploration for Smith’s continued immersion in the tanbou (Haitian traditional drum). Project will expand the band’s palette of drumming and strengthen vocal work inspired by Port-au-Prince style drumming. Three intensive workshops with drum master will take place in Newport News, VA and Brooklyn.

Immanuel WilkinsBrooklyn, NYGrant Amount: $39,975Residency Location(s): Philadelphia, PAGreat Philadelphia legend, Odean Pope has mentored most of the city’s music scene’s emerging voices. One protege, Wilkins, coupled with Pope will produce a new “bespoke” ensemble in partnership with Ars Nova and provide community exploratory workshops. The residency will be documented.

jaimie branchNew York, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): New York, NYFLY OR DIE’s jaimie branch (with cellist, Lester St. Louis; bassist, Jason Ajemian; and drummer, Chad Taylor) will develop new music and visual work that is directly related to Red Hook (Brooklyn). Outdoor rehearsals, open studios and concerts will occur with partners, 360 Record Shop, Erin Basie Pier and the Red Hook Art Project and Houses (NYC Housing Authority). Funds allow a highly professional recording process to follow which also enables branch’s full ownership of the master recordings.

Jason MoranNew York, NYGrant Amount: $32,500Residency Location(s): New York, NY & Northridge, CAMoran’s composition will tie together multi-disciplinary components to re-create and premiere the lost Martha Graham piece, “Canticle”. In partnership with the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Moran and the Martha Graham Dance Company will collaborate with noted choreographers exploring street dance and dance rooted in Afro-Caribbean, Taiwanese and Lebanese perspectives. The work will premiere at The Soraya in March 2022.

M3 Musicians LLC (Mutual Mentorship for Musicians – Jen Shyu & Sara Serpa, co-founders)New York City, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): New York, NYMutual Mentorship for Musicians, a 26-member cohort led by Jen Shyu and Sara Serpa, has commissioned 24 women, non-binary, BIPOC members to create work during a 10-day residency w/video screenings, 24 performances over 2 nights, 12 workshops, symposiums, and action panels in partnership with the Winter Jazz Fest (NY) in multiple locations (The New School, Nublu, Berklee Power Station, middle schools in Brooklyn).

Magos HerreraNew York, NYGrant Amount: $39,929Residency Location(s): New York, NY”Tropical” residency for Mexican-born Herrera’s quartet to record (audio and video) her new music with The Knights Orchestra. Music includes Latin-American and jazz gems and some original previously written pieces through a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant. Herrera now has the opportunity to afford orchestral artists fees for rehearsals and recording.

Meg OkuraBronx, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): New York, NYThe Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble will perform and record music in conjunction with community conversations at Temple Israel, NY. A panel, moderated by an equity and inclusion strategist and using the experiential interactive platform Mentimeter will precede a 75 minute live/streamed concert.

Melvin GibbsBrooklyn, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): New York, NY Los Angeles, CAThe Harriet Tubman band will write, perform and record new work with the Los Angeles-based hip-hop/jazz artist Georgia Anne Muldrow. The new music and process will be professionally recorded and documented.

Michele RosewomanNew York, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): New York, NYWith support from partnering organizations, Michele Rosewoman will curate a program that explores junctions of contemporary jazz and Cuban cultural traditions, featuring her New Yor-Uba ensemble joined by Francisco Mora Catlett’s Afro Horn and Roman Diaz’s Rumba Ensemble for a live performance through Arts for Art (NYC) to be filmed for a HotHouseGlobal online national Cuban TV (and international) broadcast that will include a HotHouse roundtable reunion and community engagement partner Habana/Harlem (NYC) panels/interviews.

Miles OkazakiBrooklyn, NYGrant Amount: $30,900Residency Location(s): Brooklyn, NYTrickster (with Matt Mitchell, Sean Rickman, Anthony Tidd) will develop and perform music from recent albums that was unseen by the public due to cancelled tours. The band will perform the new work at SEEDS (Brooklyn) and publicize free afternoon concerts for the public and young musicians not able to participate in formal jazz education.

Nasheet WaitsNew York, NYGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Jackson, MS NCWeUpReUp (Waits, Eric Revis and JD Allen) is a manifesto/forum to promote Black music to Black students/young adults. Project director Maya Cunningham of DuBois Black Music Project at UMass-Amherst and artists will partner in the South with North Carolina Central University, Jazz Studies Department; Visit Jackson Mississsippi Tourism; Godbolt Consultant; Tougalou College; Jackson State University. Offerings include masterclasses and two Black Music Symposiums on African-American identity in jazz and the music/activism of master Max Roach. The band will perform at the Jackson Visitors Center and the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Nona HendryxNew York City, NYGrant Amount: $39,395Residency Location(s): NY Cambridge, MAHendryx (with percussionist, Will Calhoun and keyboardist Etienne Stadwijk) is commissioned by Central Square Theater (MA) to create music for a new play, “Young Nerds of Color”. She will also write a stand-alone suite of compositions inspired by the project.

Ronnie BurrageBrooklyn, NYGrant Amount: $31,550Residency Location(s): Brooklyn & Old Westbury, NY; St. Louis, MOBurrage and the Holographic Principle revisit St. Louis roots for week-long residencies in partnership w/ Walt Whitman Theater Brooklyn College PAC, the ZACK at Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Louis, and SUNY-Old Westbury. New music/e-book/and multi-disciplinary work will be produced based on music as a social justice tool, source of healing, and community grounding. Workshops will culminate in performances.

Naima LoweTulsa, OKGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): MultipleArtists travel the South researching all-black towns from OK to SC; residency culminates in a music creation workshop with 4-5 in residency in Bamberg, SC

Jamaaladeen TacumaPhiladelphia, PAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Whiteville, NCTo return to his family’s hometown of Whiteville, NC and create a new work space in a former church for new work development informed by elders and local community leaders. Multi-generational social gatherings and performances will be documented at potential sites such as The Chef & The Frog restaurant, and other locations in the surrounding area.

Orrin EvansPhiladelphia, PAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): DC PA NJEvans will bring his Captain Black Big Band to the DC Jazz Festival and promote a musical/cultural exchange between DC and Philadelphia. Evans will emphasize the big band as a cohesive small ensemble, provide big band workshops, and premiere the new work inspired by the residency with the participation of many DC artists.

William CepedaLoiza, PRGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): PRCepeda will create the 20-pc Big Band Jazz Orchestra of Puerto Rico to integrate Puerto Rican folkloric genres into the contemporary jazz big band format. Partnering with the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, Old San Juan Heritage Foundation, Municipality of Loiza and the Ponce Art Museum, performances and recordings will take place throughout multiple locations.

Gregory TardyKnoxville, TNGrant Amount: $39,665Residency Location(s): Knoxville, TNTardy will develop, rehearse and perform new work with a large ensemble based on the novel, “Pilgrim’s Progress” also involving the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. Open rehearsals will take place at the West Park Baptists Church. Performances will take place at the Cumberland County Playhouse in rural Crossville and culminate with a video recording for the East Tennessee PBS affiliated Live at Lucille’s.

Lisa E. HarrisHouston, TXGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Dallas, TXWith partner Ballroom Marfa, this residency is focused on the society culture of segregated Dallas, TX, and will allow for creation of a sonic and visual expression of the Dream Album with the ensemble.

Kip HanrahanReston, VAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Brooklyn NYWrite and record next two volumes of artist’s “A Thousand Nights” work which became known as the Arabian Nights, in the mid-1980’s and produced three recordings. The newly assembled large ensemble includes some of today’s most notable Latin jazz artists and will also include vocalists Carmen Lundy and Xiomara Laugart. Author Ishmael Reed will contribute lyrics for three of the songs.

Amy Denio, representing the Tiptons Sax Quartet, LLCSeattle, WAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Seattle, WAThe Tiptons Sax Quartet with duo Correo Aereo and virtual reality artist/technologist, queer Asian-American Jude Dai will collaborate on new work performance and recording in partnership with Earshot Jazz Festival, Chief Sealth High School, and the Seattle Composer Alliance.

Johnaye KendrickTacoma, WAGrant Amount: $39,925Residency Location(s): Joshua Tree, CATo retrofit a Joshua Tree vacation rental into a sanctuary-esque recording studio where Johnaye Kendrick and vocal collective, säje (Kendrick, Sara Gazarek, Amanda Taylor, Erin Bentlage) will record and edit the vocal arrangements for their debut album. During the two week residency, säje will offer end-of-day live-streamed/communal breakdowns of daily creative progress. The final recording will feature luminaries such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Jacob Collier, Ambrose Akinmusire and Gerald Clayton, and is set to be released in the Spring of 2022.

Julia KeefeSpokane, WAGrant Amount: $40,000Residency Location(s): Olympia, WACreating new music for all-indigenous big band, the Native American Big Band, Keefe will involve tribal leaders in the region and connect communities with a link to the rich history of Native Americans in Jazz. The debut performance will take place at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts and include professional videography.

South Arts Announces Films, Filmmakers, and Venues for the 2021-2022 Southern Circuit Season

Atlanta — South Arts reveals its lineup of 24 Screening Partner venues and 10 films and filmmaking teams selected for the 2021-2022 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. This long-running South Arts program connects US-based documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South to share their work, discuss the art and process of filmmaking, and engage with audiences about issues impacting their communities.See the 2021-2022 Southern Circuit season schedule

All films will be screened online for audiences of each Screening Partner venue, with each screening followed by a pre-recorded 30-minute conversation with the filmmakers discussing their film’s subject matter and the filmmaking process. Each film will be available for attendees to view on demand during a four-day window allowing viewers to stop and resume at their leisure. As a precaution for health and safety in the COVID-19 pandemic, filmmakers will not tour in the Fall. Films will be presented online, though some screening partners may also host in-person screenings for their communities. In-person screenings and discussions with filmmakers in attendance will resume for Spring 2022.

“This year’s selections broach a range of important, timely topics including border and immigration issues, confederate monuments, healthcare justice, and domestic violence,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, program director. “South Arts has a strong commitment to equity and inclusion in all of our programs. We are proud to affirm that commitment in our selection of feature-length documentaries and their creators, with many sharing a direct connection to the subject matter and communities represented.”


* Indicates a new partner


Coleman Center for the Arts – York, AL


* Gulf Coast Symphony – Ft. Meyers, FL
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Cutler Bay, FL
Tropic Cinema – Key West, FL
* WSLR – Sarasota, FL


Georgia Southern University – Statesboro, GA
City of Hapeville – Hapeville, GA
Oxford College of Emory University – Oxford, GA
* Spelman College – Atlanta, GA


Gateway Regional Arts Center – Mt Sterling, KY
* Warren County Public Library – Bowling Green, KY
University of Pikeville – Pikeville, KY


Delta State University – Cleveland, MS

North Carolina

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country – Boone, NC
a/perture cinema – Winston-Salem, NC
High Point University – High Point, NC
* John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
* University of North Carolina at Wilmington – Wilmington, NC
Western Carolina University, Bardo Arts Center – Cullowhee, NC

South Carolina

* The Arts Center of Clemson – Clemson, SC
Presbyterian College – Clinton, SC


Clayton Center for the Arts – Maryville, TN
East Tennessee State University – Johnson City, TN
Global Education Center & * Fisk University – Nashville, TN


And So I Stayed – Natalie Pattillo and Daniel A. Nelson, Directors
At the Ready – Maisie Crow, Director
Duty Free – Sian-Pierre Regis, Director
Lily Topples the World – Jeremy Workman, Director
Los Hermanos/The Brothers – Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, Directors
My Name is Pauli Murray – Betsy West and Julie Cohen, Directors
Not Going Quietly – Nicholas Bruckman, Director
The Neutral Ground – CJ Hunt, Director
Proper Pronouns – Megan Daniels, Director
Stateless – Michèle Stephenson, Director

Since its inception in 1975, Southern Circuit has brought some of best independent filmmakers and their films from around the country to communities throughout the South. The program is made possible through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.


About South ArtsHeadquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists, organizations, and communities, and increasing access to arts and culture. Our mission: advancing Southern vitality through the arts. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State Arts Agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee — with additional funding from other public and private donors such as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — South Arts supports artists and organizations through a rich and responsive portfolio of grants, fellowships, and programs. South Arts believes that the arts elevate the region, increasing connectedness and inspiring meaningful change in the process. For more information, visit

The South Arts 2021 Southern Prize & State Fellows Exhibition Opens at the Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus, GA

Atlanta – The South Arts 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellows Exhibition is now open at the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. The multidisciplinary exhibition includes work from each of the nine state fellows, including Southern Prize Winner Marielle Plaisir and Southern Prize Finalist Fletcher Williams III.Meet the State Fellows Visit the Bo Bartlett Center

The exhibition will be on display through December 20, 2021. Following the installation at the Bo Bartlett Center, the exhibition will tour to additional locations around the region, with dates and locations to be announced as soon as possible.

The 2021 State Fellowship recipients included in the exhibition are:

Tameca Cole. Mixed Media. Birmingham, Alabama.
Marielle Plaisir. Mixed Media. Hollywood, Florida. Southern Prize Winner.
Myra Greene. Craft. Atlanta, Georgia.
Joyce Garner. Painting. Prospect, Kentucky.
Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun. Photography. New Orleans, Louisiana.
Ming Ying Hong. Drawing. Starkville, Mississippi.
Jewel Ham. Painting. Huntersville, North Carolina.
Fletcher Williams III. Mixed Media. Charleston, South Carolina. Southern Prize Finalist.
Raheleh Filsoofi. Multidisciplinary. Nashville, Tennessee.

The Southern Prize and State Fellowships are a juried competition conducted by South Arts each Fall to acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. Visual artists living in South Arts’ nine-state region and producing crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary work were eligible to apply. Hundreds of visual artists submitted work for consideration, and a national panel of jurors reviewed the applications through the lens of artistic excellence representing the diversity of the region. A second national panel of jurors reviewed the State Fellows to determine the Southern Prize winner and finalist. Each panel is conducted blind, with the applicants’ identities withheld from the jurors.

Each State Fellow receives a $5,000 cash award. The Southern Prize finalist receives an additional $10,000, and the Southern Prize winner receives an additional $25,000. Both the Southern Prize Winner and Finalist receive a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. The awards are presented to the artists as unrestricted funds. This program is supported by many organizations, foundations, and individuals, and is powered by the Hambidge Center.

To read more about each artist, view samples of their work, and learn about the Southern Prize and State Fellowships program, visit