Author: Joseph Thomas

Cultural Policy & ROOTS

A Southern based regional arts and social justice service organization with national reach, Alternate ROOTS’ role in cultural policy is to develop an understanding and awareness of regional and national social justice and arts policies that have implications for Alternate

In Solidarity with Migrants and Asylum Seekers

ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS & OTHER EVILDOERS written and performed by José Torres-Tama at ROOTS Weekend-Dallas. Photo: Melisa Cardona.  What is unfolding on the border is a human rights crisis. We at ROOTS stand with migrants and asylum seekers. We oppose the separation of

Gentrifying the Conversation on Gentrification: Resisting the Performative Culture of Whiteness in Dallas Organizing

Disrupting Displacement, organized by Edyka Chilomé and Vicki Meek, was part of the Creating Place Learning Exchange series. Photo: Betty Yu. Edyka Chilomé (Dallas, TX) | May 21, 2018 When I was approached by Alternate ROOTS to participate in the

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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.