Souls Grown Deep’s two-pronged mission, advanced through its Foundation and its Community Partnership, addresses both the reputation of long-neglected artists and the quality of life in their communities.


Redefining the canon of American Art

Souls Grown Deep Foundation advocates previously ignored artists of color who made artworks born in the struggle for civil rights is more urgent than ever. Your donation will support:

  • Supporting museum acquisitions, internships, and research
  • Protecting artists’ rights through advocacy
  • Preserving artworks in the African American South


Pursuing social, racial, and economic equity

Souls Grown Deep Community Partnership works with the communities that gave rise to the 160 artists in our collection. Your donation will support:

  • Projects advocating social and racial justice

  • Access to basic needs including health care and education

  • Promoting economic development in the Black Belt

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      Contributions to Souls Grown Deep Community Partnership, Inc., a Georgia-based 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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      Wes Bargeloh | $500

      In memory of Martha(a lifetime quilter) would be thrilled to know what your lifetime of quilting has done

      OZMA x Caroline Z Hurley | $860.54

      Alan Marzilli | $50

      Thanks for doing this important work!

      Dennis Hamilton | $52.23

      Robert | $52.23

      Thank you for sharing these wonderful quilts with the world. They are so inspiring!

      Andrea Bass

      Reina, A pleasure to see you on this presentation and donate to this worthy organization. If you come to NYC, please look me up. ;) (There's a a Howardeena Pindell exhibition at The Shed which may interest you.)

      Lashon | $259.92

      OZMA of California | $894.54


      Jennifer Polnaszek | $26.27

      Thank you for introducing me to these wonderful women and to them for allowing me to experience something of their art lives.

      Rob Shea | $52.23

      Thank you, artists! Yours is the most vibrant, vital, challenging art that's ever been produced in our country.

      Libby Klitsch | $52.23

      I heard a quote once that said, "When life gives your scraps, make a quilt." I am deeply moved and inspired by the artistry of these quilts and the community of African American Women who make them.

      MUNICIPAL | $300

      In memory of the the Souls Grown Deep founder, William Arnett. A highly respected, accomplished and generous philanthropist, art collector and patron. But perhaps most of all a massively accomplished father, as evident by his son Harry.

      Jessica Baumert | $100

      Karen Silbert

      Black lives matter. I believe artists will change the world

      Andrea Miller | $250

      Susan Kaplow | $104.15

      The exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of the quilts and the work of Thornton Dial was one of the best and most enlightening shows I've ever seen. Bravo for lifting up these artists and now helping the community.

      Anonymous | $52.23

      Esther's Fabrics

      Please direct this money to Gee's Bend, AL to help with their revitalization.

      Ruby | $104.15/Y