Our Purpose and Mission
SoArts was founded on July 20, 2010 by Melodie Yvonne Ramey with the help of the city of Southport to support local arts and give artists a chance to share their work and connect. Our mission is to foster community pride, appreciation and involvement in the Arts. We will strive to do this through a variety of artistic programs and events, and will be proactive in providing innovative art education and other artistic opportunities of the highest quality for the enjoyment, enrichment and ongoing participation of our community residents and patrons.
SoArts meets at 6:30pm the 1st Thursday of every month. Check the website for location of each meeting.
SoArts Officers and Duties
Director – Duties include: plan and lead committee meetings; accept and share committee member applications, contest forms, etc; assist in the organization of projects and events with the committee; attend and volunteer at committee events; assist officers and members of the committee in all available capacity; promote the committee in all available capacities such as alerting media to events, creating fliers/pamphlets, and advertising in online artist databases.
Treasuretary – Duties include: collect and disperse SoArt mail; maintain the committee bank account and records; record monthly meeting minutes and provide information of such to the director; give monthly finance report and meeting report to the committee at each meetings; handle the funds and budgeting for events and projects; Maintain all committee files, including membership applications, artist waivers, bank records, etc.
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Event Coordinator – Duties include: attend and represent SoArts at any meetings as needed; write and/or help with proposals and presentations of projects; assist in the organization of city projects and events; assist officers and members of the committee in need of city representation.
ArtLine Administrator –
Fundraising Director –
Public Relations –
SoArts Scholastics Team –
Youth Advocate (student must be enrolled in high school) –
Current SoArts Officers
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A Quick note from our Founder:
Hello all of my art loving friends!
I thought I would take a brief moment to talk of how the SoArts started and what a great community Southport truly is.
It all started as I lay in bed one morning, sleeping in on a Saturday of course, when I heard the sounds of the Southport Clean Up outside my bedroom window. I just thought it was so beautiful to see all of these people, residents and patrons, gathered together for the common good, in this case to make Southport beautiful for the upcoming Spring Festival. Now, I had attended every Spring and Fall festival since I bought my house in Southport, and I’ve always loved them, but I never really realized how much work went into these events and how much each individual worked just to make their neighbors and friends happy in this wonderful community.
I peeked out the window and watched as my friends and neighbors (and people I didn’t even know!) worked together to make my street and sidewalk beautiful and even clean up trash in my yard! I decided at that moment that I wanted to be a part of all this. I wanted to help all these wonderful people that created this small town feel in the middle of this metropolis, and… I wanted to sleep in while doing it lol 🙂 Anyway, so I jumped on the Southport website and searched the volunteer section for what they may need that I would actually be able to help with and make my neighbors proud. Imagine my excitement when I saw that they wanted to make an ARTS COUNCIL! 🙂 I sent them an email that day with my credentials and information. I got an answer and a meeting with Mayor Rob Thoman and his assistant, Mitzi, on July 20, 2010 to talk with them about starting an arts council for Southport. They taught me all about politics and proposal writing and budgets, and I taught them the positive power of what just a couple wonderful artists could create. I vowed to keep it all free, so their could be participation by all, and the city promised to help us whenever they could.
We grew every year from that day, and on July 20, 2013 we went into our 3rd year as an art committee with over 40 members! I am so proud of what we have all created together, and I get compliments every day about how wonderful we are doing and how just seeing the Spring into Arts Contests and the beautiful art has really made a difference in the lives here in Southport. Sometimes I think I walk the dogs extra just because people will stop when going by just to tell me how much they love the artists and the beauty that we all bring. Thank you all for making this possible, and thank you for bringing art and love into this community, and most of all thank you all so much for going on this journey with me! I believe our mission will be epic.
Light and Love,
Melodie Yvonne Ramey