Participation from the community is an enormous way to show your support of local arts. Community involvement lets us know what we’re doing right, where we can start to improve, and how we can better serve the Southport/Oak Island area. Here are a few of the ways we rely on local participation to guide Up Your Arts to a better and brighter future.


People say 'money talks' but to be honest, there are plenty of ways to be heard. Sometimes hands to pass out programs, arms to lift amps, and laughter to fill a room are what we need the most.

Volunteering isn’t just incredibly rewarding, it’s an unbelievably important aspect of Up Your Arts’ success. Without you, we couldn't possibly put on so many high-caliber events, so thank you for all you've done and continue to do for the arts community.

To volunteer with Up Your Arts, fill out the form here, or sign up at our next event!

More Ways to Participate

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Give While You Shop!

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When you use Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of what you spend doing your regular shopping on your favorite charity. For every $20 you spend, Up Your Arts can get $0.10. It may not sound like a lot, but every penny adds up!

Set Up Your Arts as your preferred charity

  1. Visit
  2. Sign in with your credentials
  3. Under 'pick your own charitable organization' enter 'Up Your Arts'
  4. Find Up Your Arts and click Select.
  5. Start shopping!
  6. Add a bookmark for to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile

Show Up!

Show Up!

Visiting an Open Mic Night is a great way to show us we’re on the right track! The bigger the audience, the more performers we can host, the better we can improve the arts scene for all of Southport!

Check out the Up Your Arts Calendar and see when our next Open Mic Night is happening.



Sad as it is, the arts are not always a high priority for funding at many levels of legislation. Time and again, arts programs have been proven to benefit youth, impoverished communities, and mental health, and have yet still been defunded around the country.

If you feel strongly about the way the arts are funded and supported by local, state, and federal legislation, we encourage you to write or call your representatives to ask that they prioritize arts programs. You’ll find their contact information below:

United States House of Representatives

Congressman David Rouzer
310 Government Center Drive, Unit 1
Bolivia, NC 28422
Phone: (910) 253-6111
Fax: (910) 253-6114


State Representatives

To find your state representatives, click here
and search by your home address.

United States Senate

Senator Richard Burr
201 North Front Street, Suite 809
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: (910) 251-1058

Senator Thom Tills
1694 E. Arlington Blvd., Suite B
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: (252) 329-0371
Fax: (252) 329-0290

Southport Government

Board of Aldermen WARD 1

Thomas Lombardi

Marc Spencer

Karen Mosteller

Board of Aldermen WARD 2

John Allen

Lora Sharkey

Lowe Davis


Mayor Joseph P. Hatem

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