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 the about arts/non-profit management from an organization with ROOTS’ values of equity, transparency, participatory democracy, and artists leading artists. ROOTS’ Managing Director will serve as a mentor to students during their participation, and the fellow will work directly with, and be supervised by, the Programs Manager. Furthermore, the entire ROOTS organization will lend its support, resources, and knowledge into the development of the Fellows.


There is a small stipend available (around $1,000-1,500) along with the credit students may be earning from their institution.

We are looking for students and independent learners who are seeking a 20 – 30 hour a week practicum and real- world experience at an arts and social justice organization to bolster their undergraduate, graduate, or independent studies.

The schedule will include 20-30 hours a week remote work, and, depending on the location of the fellow, the option to work in the Alternate ROOTS office in Atlanta, GA, as well as travel and attendance (covered by ROOTS) to programming taking place during the fellowship. For example: ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta, September 28 – October 1, 2017.


To work in person with ROOTS staff, locations include Atlanta, GA, Houston, TX, and Jackson, MS.

We are looking for independent learners and students who:

  • Are ready to work, and eager to learn.
  • Have some experience supporting events and administration.
  • Are students enrolled in creative arts management, producing, and other artistic discipline programs including visual art, theater, dance, film, applied theater, and community engagement.
  • Working adults looking for a career change, or hands on experience.

Students will learn and practice:

  • Organizing and managing events including workshops, regional gatherings, board meetings.
  • Administering and executing grant panel process.
  • Facilitating peer panel process.
  • Facilitating artist conversations and feedback conversations.
  • Drafting agreements and program copy.

Students will:

  • Survey the regional field of Southern artists.
  • Survey the national field of social justice artists and activists.
  • Connect learning and artistic work with social movements.
  • Have opportunities to participate in staff meetings, regional events, and board meetings.

Scope of Work

Artistic Assistance: Fall 2017 (planning and execution)

Artistic Assistance is a program of Alternate ROOTS that provides direct support to individual artists and cultural workers in The South to enhance their skills, create unique projects, and build community. The program has two funding areas: Professional Development, and Project Development. There will be a Project Development round this fall.

ROOTS Weekend Atlanta, September 28-October 1, 2017 (planning and execution)

Through the theme of Creating Place: The Art of Equitable Community Building, we’re digging into the practice of creative placemaking within the context of Atlanta’s fast changing landscape, paying special attention to how art can both drive and resist gentrification. It will be a time for artists/activists who make original art rooted in communities of place, tradition, or spirit, to shine. We will explore the issue of creative placemaking and community development from all sides throughout the weekend, and venture to different parts of the city.

We are looking forward to working with our local partners: C4 Atlanta, WonderRoot, The Arts Exchange, and Auburn Ave Research Library on African American Culture and History.

To apply: Email resume, cover-letter, and optional (3 page maximum) writing sample to Managing Director, Ashley Walden Davis at by August 25, 2017.

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.