Azule, a Place for the Arts: A Journey Towards Creative Placemaking

Azule contains myriad mosaics, all of them painstakingly designed and executed by Camille. Photo: Azule Archives

Article & Photo Collages by Alicia Arraya

Without cultural and deeply creative efforts, addressing the many woes that face human life seems at best difficult and problematic.Read more

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ROOTS’ new Executive Director, Michelle Ramos, announces the ROOTS Road Trip!

Porch circle at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

Dear ROOTers,

I am so excited to spend some time to get to know you! I started as Executive Director on January 15th, MLK day, which was not planned, but incredibly meaningful to me. I have spent the past few weeks reading, listening, and learning Read more

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Buildings, Community, Art, and Building Community: Fetching Lessons from the Past

The Hapeville Performing Arts Center was one of several stops on the Grassroots Arts Bus Tour during ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta. Photo: Melisa Cardona. 

Priscilla Smith (Atlanta, GA) | January 25, 2018

“I came away inspired. It completely transformed my vision of the possibilities of grassroots Read more

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Why “STAND”? Why Now? Reflections on A Visual Dialogue On Justice

These art pieces were a part of the STAND exhibition at ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta. L-R: Be American by Jamal Barber; Yomi My American series by Sheila Pree Bright. Photo: Melisa Cardona

Charmaine Minniefield, Exhibition Curator (Atlanta, GA) | January 29, 2018

“STAND” was presented by AlternateRead more

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Participants at ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta gather in a circle during Arielle Brown’s workshop. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

Arielle Brown | January 27, 2018


Alabama hold on

                                                         We are still here

                                                                                                          Alabama hold on

                                                   We are Read more

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The Alternate ROOTS/Community Built Association Connection


Jeff Mather (Atlanta, GA) | January 9, 2018

This year’s Community Built Association Conference will be held in Charleston, SC on March 22-25, 2018, with a Community Built Boot Camp from March 17-22.

Since 2004 Alternate ROOTS member artists have been mixing it up with members of the CommunityRead more

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Concerning Vaudeville and ROOTS

Kassi Dephinia performs a hoop routine at the DeLuxe Vaudeville Orchestra’s retrospective performance at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona 

By Rodger French

Vaudeville occupies a not insignificant place in the history of ROOTS, but before we address this particular topic, I believe… Read more

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Back to the ROOTS of Critical Response

A full house gathers for one of three Critical Response Process workshops at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

John Borstel | October 31, 2017

Finally. After years of experiencing ROOTS Week second hand – through direct accounts, benevolent gossip, and impassioned endorsements from dozensRead more

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In Loving Difficulty: Tending Our Gardens, UpROOTing Oppressions

UpROOTing Racism & Undoing Oppressions Training at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

Rasha Abdulhadi | October 31, 2017

Alternate ROOTS’ practices recognize that we bring the world with us when we gather, whether in working in our home communities or when we gather for our annual Read more

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Family-Like Ties

Photo: Melisa Cardona.

indee mitchell | October 31, 2017

Since our first encounter, Alternate ROOTS has felt family-like to me. The people are personable and welcoming – they remember who you are, where you’re from, and what you do. The connection that lives within this community extends far beyondRead more

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Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.