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!

Up Your Arts Volunteers Plein Air Festival 2024

Meet Our Volunteers

At Up Your Arts we are so grateful for our wonderful volunteers! Meet the wonderful men and women who are the true wizards behind the magic.

More Ways to Participate

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:

Federal Representatives

United States Senate

Senator Ted Budd
201 North Front Street, Suite 809
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: (910) 218-7600

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

United States House of Representatives

District 7
Congressman David Rouzer

310 Government Center Drive, Unit 1
Bolivia, NC 28422
Phone: (910) 253-6111

State Representatives

State Representatives

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

District 8
State Senator Bill Rabon

16 West Jones Street, Room 2010
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-5963
Website: NC Member Profile

District 19
State Representative Charles W. Miller

16 West Jones Street, Room 2219
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-5830
Website: NC Member Profile

Mayor Rich Alt
Phone: (910) 269-9940

Board of Aldermen WARD 1

Marc Spencer
Phone: (910) 269-9935

Karen Mosteller
Phone: (704) 560-2443

Robert Carroll
Phone: (910) 465-2717

Board of Aldermen WARD 2

Frank Lai
Phone: (910) 269-9971

Rebecca Kelley
Phone: (910) 269-9940

Lowe Davis
Phone: (910) 408-7051

Scroll to Top