2017 Project Development Recipients

L: Julie B. Johnson. Photo: Christen Weimer. R: Julius Brown. Photo: Doobious.

Alternate ROOTS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 round of Artistic Assistance Project Development. Grants were awarded to 18 individual artists and cultural workers in the South to enhance their skills, create unique projects, and build community, for a total of $69,795 in support. These recipients were selected in December 2017. Congratulations to this fantastic array of artists and cultural workers, who are helping to create a better South, and a better world!

Liana Ambrose-Murray, Asheville, NCTo support youth-led collaboration and strategy development of young artists.

Dora Arreola, Tampa, FLTo support the creation of At Waters Edge/Al filo del Agua, a new physical theatre/dance work with text, exploring issues of gender, social and ecological injustice.

Arielle Brown, Conley, GATo support the production of a StorySharing Institute rooted in Black Delta storytelling traditions.

Julius Brown, Conley, GATo support an in-school visual artist residency.

Rhea Carmon, Knoxville, TNTo support 5th Woman writing cohort sessions, in support of poetry and performance by women. 

Adrienne Clancy, Silver Spring, MDTo support community dance workshops around the theme of resilience. Workshops will culminate in a performance event at Dance Place in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Denning, Decatur, GATo support a series of InterPlay workshops for homeless men in transitional housing to share their stories through improvisational movement, story, and song.

Lauren Hind, New Orleans, LATo support further development of Sexual Healing: A Work in Process, a performance and embodied community dialog about living with and healing from sexual violence.

Rashida James-Saadiya, Durham, NCTo support the creation of Betraying the Spectacle, a visual exhibit highlighting the intersections of blackness, spirituality and creative resistance in the lives of Black Muslim women in the South.

Julie B Johnson, Atlanta, GATo support Moving Our Stories,  a multifaceted creative practice that explores embodied memory and personal narratives through dance workshops, choreographic practice, creative and scholarly research, and community dialogues.

Chris Kaminstein, New Orleans, LA – To support the remounting of Foreign to Myself, a performance and community engagement project exploring the complexities veterans face when returning home.

Alison Kibbe, Carrboro, NCTo support further development of body/s in question, a mixed media choreopoem examining questions of race, belonging, citizenship, and memory through her family’s history of migration between Jamaica, Panama, Cuba, and the US.

Robert Martin, Clear Creek, KYTo further develop Ezell, a theatrical work exploring white, Appalachian men’s relationships to land associated with domination-behavior and extractive resource industry.

Mat Schwarzman, New Orleans, LATo design and implement a community building experience about race, gender and law enforcement.

Arianna Ross, Germantown, MDTo support the Community Arts Festival, a collaboration between Story Tapestries (ST), Strathmore, and IMPACT Silver Spring.

Carlos Sirah, Charleston, MSTo support River Rites a community engagement project exploring Black Mississippi Deltans relationship to ecology, policy, land, climate, and migration.

Jeannie Fowler Rodriguez Stone, Russellville, ARTo support the development of six multidisciplinary traveling exhibits, to challenge visitors to consider how they are rooted in place and expand their concept of “neighbors”.

Anu Yadav, Washington, DCTo further develop ISM: A TRAGICOMEDY, a play exploring how women of color negotiate racism, sexism, and poverty, and where people succeed in connecting across divides.

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.