Welcome to Up Your Arts

This Ain't Your Average Charming Fishing Village!

Southport, North Carolina, is about as close to paradise as you can get. An idyllic coastal community with a small-town feel is what draws many to visit. But Southport isn't the quaint fishing village it was 70 years ago.

Today Southport and the surrounding areas of Brunswick County offer a vibrant arts community that is quickly building a reputation for Southport as one of the coolest coastal art communities in the state.

Celebrating the Arts in Southport

Up Your Arts was founded to provide a vehicle to help promote and foster the rapidly growing Southport arts community. Part arts council and part grassroots movement, Up Your Arts focuses on four key goals:

Up Your Arts Goals

  • To Promote

    We strive to promote the rich creative and performing arts scene in the greater Southport area.

  • To Elevate

    We seek to elevate the audience’s knowledge  and appreciation of the wide variety of arts available.

  • To Encourage

    We work to encourage creative and performing artists to share their art by giving them venues to do so.

  • To Connect

    We endeavor to provide a welcoming place to raise up new artists and connect existing artists in the Southport area.

Get Involved

Arts Center Project
(Save the Hall, Y'all!)

Save the Hall, Y'all!

We're working with the City of Southport to preserve the historic Brunswick County Courthouse. Help us turn this landmark building into a center for the arts in Southport!

2024 Southport
Plein Air Festival

Plein Air

Artists paint in the open air, following a European tradition popular in the 1800s. This unique festival is great fun! Artist registration is now open for 2024.

Help Wanted

Up Your Arts is looking for a part-time Executive Director to be responsible for implementing the strategic direction and delivering expected outcomes of the Board of Directors. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to accounting, operational management, fundraising, board engagement, and compliance. Willing to throw your hat into the ring? Submit your resume below:

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

John F Kennedy

Be a Part of the Arts

UYA In the Media...

Save The Hall

Oct 26 2023

UYA Newsletter

Whats Up Your Arts Newsletter

Feb 15 2022

Get Into the Arts

Subscribe to our newsletter, What's Up Your Arts, to stay up to date about all the happenings and news around the Southport arts community.

Drop a Tip in the Jar

Show your support for Up Your Arts and our mission to foster, promote and advance a fun, cool artistic environment in Southport with your tax deductible donation.

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