State of the Nation is a semi-annual multidisciplinary arts festival and bi-monthly series that brings together student, emerging, and professional performing and visual artists from across the United States who are committed to addressing social, political, and economic issues facing the Gulf South. Co-Produced in New Orleans, LA and Jackson, MS annually since 2004, SON has presented the work of over two hundred and fifty dancers, musicians, theater artists, poets, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, activists and educators. Attended by thousands, this festival provides an opportunity to showcase projects and participate in workshops. At its best, it stands as a forum for democracy –a space for the free discussion of current affairs.
The State of the Nation Festival originated out of a collaboration between ArtSpot Productions and M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction). It is currently produced by ArtSpot Productions, M.U.G.A.B.E.E. and Mondo Bizarro in conjunction with community partners who vary year to year.