Alternate ROOTS Receives Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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For More Information Contact:                     January 27, 2015
Keryl McCord


Alternate ROOTS Receives Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Alternate ROOTS is pleased to announce that it has received a $600,000 three-year grant from the Andrew W, Mellon Foundation to support the work of Southern artists within the ROOTS’ region.

Executive Director, Carlton Turner, states, “This award is a significant investment in artists working in southern communities. This funding will shift ROOTS’ ability to support artists working in community, artists working for social change and social justice in the South. It is a great acknowledgement that this work is important work and it is worthy of support at this level.”

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is a leader within the philanthropic field supporting art and culture across our country.

With funds from the Mellon Foundation, Alternate ROOTS will be able to increase direct support for artists’ projects, support two regional gatherings each year, and provide needed support to document the proceedings and share it with the field.

Founded in 1976, over the ensuing decades the organization has supported hundreds of thousands of artists. It is one of the few arts service and network organizations founded by individual artists and today is still artist centered, and artist led. Alternate ROOTS provides programs, projects, and activities to support the work of more than 500 individual artists each year.

Alternate ROOTS is a nationally recognized regionally focused network of artists across all disciplines, serving the fourteen states of the South from Maryland to Texas. The organization has been based in Atlanta, GA since 1980.

To learn more about its work, you may contact us at, 1083 Austin Avenue, Suite 7, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-577-1079, info@alternateroots,org.







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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.