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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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 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.