Increasing Presence of Southern Artists Online11.30.2005
The Internet is an increasingly important tool for artists. Over 83% of professional artists use the Internet, as compared to 77% of all artists and 63% of the total population according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center. Recognizing this trend, the Southern Arts Federation maintains SouthernArtistry.org CLICK HERE, a free online registry showcasing the South's diverse artistic community.
Over 425 performers, writers, visual artists, arts educators and arts organizations have been nominated by their state arts agencies and currently maintain profiles on the site. In 2006, approximately 450 additional Southern artists will be invited to share their lives and work on the registry.
By design, SouthernArtistry puts artists in control of building and making updates to their portfolios. Visitors read current biographical information, experience artists' work samples, find out about upcoming tour/exhibit dates and get in touch with artists directly through the site. Dr. Peggy Bulger, Director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, recognizes this unique opportunity for regional artists, "It's great to be able to play audio samples of Sheila Kay Adams and video clips of Johnnie Billington on the site. This is an excellent service to artists and to folks who are interested in booking artists."
SouthernArtistry.org is the Southern Arts Federation's latest online service venture with the Center for Arts Management and Technology CLICK HERE at Carnegie Mellon University.
The Southern Arts Federation (SAF) is a nonprofit regional arts organization dedicated to promoting and supporting arts throughout the South since 1975. SAF works in partnership with state arts agencies including
— - the Alabama State Council on the Arts CLICK HERE
— - Division of Cultural Affairs for the State of Florida CLICK HERE
— - Georgia Council for the Arts CLICK HERE
— - Kentucky Arts Council CLICK HERE
— - Louisiana Division of the Arts CLICK HERE
— - Mississippi Arts Commission CLICK HERE
— - North Carolina Arts Council CLICK HERE
— - South Carolina Arts Commission CLICK HERE
— - and the Tennessee Arts Commission CLICK HERE.
Get to know the lives and work of Southern Artists.