Getting Back to Work: ROOTS and the Critical Response Process

Photo: Lise Metzger

By Liz Lerman | August 3, 2017

I was frustrated. What passed for feedback in my community of dance makers was something like: “Nice dance, Liz, now let’s go get a drink” or maybe just “Let’s go get a drink.” I could be found walking the streets of Washington, DC, days afterRead more

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UpROOTing Racism & Undoing Oppression: A New Approach

Photo: Jasmine Roberts

By Keryl McCord and Ashley Walden Davis | August 3, 2017

Back to the Basics, Down to the ROOTS. That’s the theme for the 41st ROOTS Week Annual Meeting and Artists’ Retreat. This means we will focus on a core part of our mission, “eliminating all forms of oppression.” EliminatingRead more

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Inspiration: North Carolina Organizing Work During the Age of Trump

Photo: Tin Nguyen

Katina Parker | August 3, 2017

2017 has been a hell of a year – intense, grueling, and discouraging if you read the headlines. Or if you walk outside. Everywhere there are signs of White supremacy feeling emboldened – an uptick in Klan and Alt Right marches in small towns throughoutRead more

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Anything but Basic: ROOTS Week Artist Statement

By Jessica Clark | August 3, 2017

Back to the Basics, Down to the ROOTS. When I learned of this theme, I immediately wanted to research and represent the beginning of Alternate ROOTS. I began to search The History Project on the ROOTS’ website to familiarize myself with the evolution of ROOTS, and howRead more

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Meet the ROOTS Week 2017 Kitchen Staff

Chef Neil Robinson

A native of Macon, GA, Chef Neil found his calling to culinary at Idle Hours Country Club, where he then pursued his culinary education at the American Culinary Foundation in Atlanta, GA. Currently he is the Chef Manager at Bob Jones University, leading a kitchen staff of 40. Previously… Read more

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Alternate ROOTS Programs Fellowship

2017 Fall Fellowship
Practicum Dates | September 10 – December 10, 2017

Alternate ROOTS is seeking one to two Arts Management Fellows to work with the staff. ROOTS is looking to invest deeply into a learning exchange with an emerging arts administrator, artist, or manager looking to learn theRead more

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Making Space For Survival: Notes from Tejas Atzlan

Ofelia Faz-Garza, founder of The Meet Shop, and her daughter. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

By Edyka Chilomé (Dallas, TX) | May 30, 2017

“This land was Mexican once, was Indian always and is. And will be again.”
– Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands, 1987

I begin this article by acknowledging the Read more

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Not just for Queers: Expanding Possibilities of Gender and Sexual Expression Makes us ALL More Free!

Nicole Garneau | April 26, 2017

Awww, shoot. Alternate ROOTS is getting our genders and sexualities liberated! Did y’all catch this salacious item in the latest strategic plan?

Alternate ROOTS is up against a learning edge around gender and sexuality—an edge sharp enough that we decided … Read more

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Revealing Richmond’s Justice System, Through Stories and Portraits

Hannah Ayers (Richmond, VA) | March 29, 2017

Editor’s Note: In the month leading up to ROOTS Weekend-Richmond, Richmond Justice provides valuable local context for the conversations we’ll be having around the weekend’s theme: Creating a World Without Prisons. Join us forRead more

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A Charge to White Women – Post Women’s March

Photo: Katina Parker

By Katina Parker (Durham, NC) | March 20, 2017

8:40am, Saturday, January 21.

The day after the Inauguration.

I was hustling through the streets of DC trying to make the beginning of the Women’s March Rally. Pink pussy hats and lighthearted optimism percolated on every corner.Read 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.