Fun-filled Weekend at the ROOTS ExComm Face-to-Face Meeting, Spring 2018

Samuel Valdez (San Diego, CA & Tijuana B.C.) | May 1, 2018

A weekend of friends, family, and artistic planning went on March 17-18, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. We, the Alternate ROOTS Executive Committee, came together for our spring face-to-face meeting, starting off with the usual check-ins and agreementsRead more

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Whose Cotton You Choppin?

Genevia R. Turner in a Mississippi cotton field. Photo: Melisa Cardona. This article is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here.

By: Carlton Turner (Utica, MS) | April 25, 2018

I grew up in Utica, Mississippi in a community with generations of historic memory,… Read more

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Creating Place Podcast: Art2Action

The War & Treaty perform at Veterans Community Open Mic, hosted by Art2Action. Photo: James Geiger. This podcast is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here.

If I don’t believe in the possibility of healing, I can’t believe in the possibility of change.Read more

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Creating Place Film: ConNECKted — Imaginings for Truth and Reconciliation

This film is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here.

“conNECKted’s” first collective questions were: Partnership with whom? Prosperity for whom?

From there, as the field of our questioning leads us unmistakably from housing to education, to violence,Read more

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Creating Place Podcast: Hollerin Space

L-R: Hollerin Space artists Angela Davis Johnson and muthi reed. This podcast is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here.

“It [the Hollerin Space] feels like placemaking to me, it feels like placemaking in the body – it feels like that: like the body is a placeRead more

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Making Home Away from Home

Poppy, Ashley, and Magic in the back yard, Dundalk, early 1980s. This article is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here.

By: Ashley Minner (Baltimore, MD) | April 25, 2018

I grew up picking cucumbers and tomatoes in my grandfather’s garden. I helped him water Read more

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Creating Place Film: SpiritHouse — Reshaping the Mo(u)ring

This film is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here.

SpiritHouse is a multigenerational Black women-led cultural organizing tribe with a rich legacy of using art, culture, and media to support the empowerment and transformation of communities most impactedRead more

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Creating Place Podcast: Nikiko Masumoto & Kimi Maeda

Kimi Maeda performs Bend – the true story of two men interned in a Japanese American internment camp – at ROOTS Week 2015. Photo: Melisa Cardona. This podcast is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here.

“I feel like it’s wise for us to think not only Read more

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Creating Place Podcast: Last Call

Last Call’s Alleged Lesbian Activities ensemble. Photo: Erin Roussel. This podcast is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here.

“We’ve lost space to gather. We’ve lost physical space that it feels like our community can like center around.Read more

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I Am Powerful: Reclaiming and Uplifting the Power, Space, and Voice of Incarcerated Youth

Justice Parade 2017, Performing Statistics. Photo: Craig Zirpolo. This article is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here.

By: Jeree Thomas (Richmond, VA) | April 25, 2018

“I am smarter than you think…
I am not a criminal
I am not an animal
I am powerful.”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.