Author: Joseph Thomas

Why “STAND”? Why Now? Reflections on A Visual Dialogue On Justice

These art pieces were a part of the STAND exhibition at ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta. L-R: Be American by Jamal Barber; Yomi My American series by Sheila Pree Bright. Photo: Melisa Cardona Charmaine Minniefield, Exhibition Curator (Atlanta, GA) | January 29, 2018


Participants at ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta gather in a circle during Arielle Brown’s workshop. Photo: Melisa Cardona. Arielle Brown | January 27, 2018 THE WORDS AND SOUNDS THAT STILL – IN ME – VIBRATE FROM ROOTS WEEKEND ATLANTA Alabama hold on  

The Alternate ROOTS/Community Built Association Connection

  Jeff Mather (Atlanta, GA) | January 9, 2018 This year’s Community Built Association Conference will be held in Charleston, SC on March 22-25, 2018, with a Community Built Boot Camp from March 17-22. Since 2004 Alternate ROOTS member artists

Concerning Vaudeville and ROOTS

Kassi Dephinia performs a hoop routine at the DeLuxe Vaudeville Orchestra’s retrospective performance at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona  By Rodger French Vaudeville occupies a not insignificant place in the history of ROOTS, but before we address this particular

Back to the ROOTS of Critical Response

A full house gathers for one of three Critical Response Process workshops at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona. John Borstel | October 31, 2017 Finally. After years of experiencing ROOTS Week second hand – through direct accounts, benevolent gossip, and impassioned

In Loving Difficulty: Tending Our Gardens, UpROOTing Oppressions

UpROOTing Racism & Undoing Oppressions Training at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona. Rasha Abdulhadi | October 31, 2017 Alternate ROOTS’ practices recognize that we bring the world with us when we gather, whether in working in our home communities

Family-Like Ties

Photo: Melisa Cardona. indee mitchell | October 31, 2017 Since our first encounter, Alternate ROOTS has felt family-like to me. The people are personable and welcoming – they remember who you are, where you’re from, and what you do. The

Getting Back to Work: ROOTS and the Critical Response Process

By Liz Lerman | August 3, 2017 I was frustrated. What passed for feedback in my community of dance makers was something like: “Nice dance, Liz, now let’s go get a drink” or maybe just “Let’s go get a drink.”

UpROOTing Racism & Undoing Oppression: A New Approach

Photo: Jasmine Roberts By Keryl McCord and Ashley Walden Davis | August 3, 2017 Back to the Basics, Down to the ROOTS. That’s the theme for the 41st ROOTS Week Annual Meeting and Artists’ Retreat. This means we will focus

Inspiration: North Carolina Organizing Work During the Age of Trump

Photo: Tin Nguyen Katina Parker | August 3, 2017 2017 has been a hell of a year – intense, grueling, and discouraging if you read the headlines. Or if you walk outside. Everywhere there are signs of White supremacy feeling

Anything but Basic: ROOTS Week Artist Statement

By Jessica Clark | August 3, 2017 Back to the Basics, Down to the ROOTS. When I learned of this theme, I immediately wanted to research and represent the beginning of Alternate ROOTS. I began to search The History Project

Meet the ROOTS Week 2017 Kitchen Staff

Chef Neil Robinson A native of Macon, GA, Chef Neil found his calling to culinary at Idle Hours Country Club, where he then pursued his culinary education at the American Culinary Foundation in Atlanta, GA. Currently he is the Chef

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

Making Space For Survival: Notes from Tejas Atzlan

Ofelia Faz-Garza, founder of The Meet Shop, and her daughter. Photo: Melisa Cardona. This article is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here. By Edyka Chilomé (Dallas, TX) | May 30, 2017 “This land was Mexican once, was Indian always

Not just for Queers: Expanding Possibilities of Gender and Sexual Expression Makes us ALL More Free!

Nicole Garneau | April 26, 2017 Awww, shoot. Alternate ROOTS is getting our genders and sexualities liberated! Did y’all catch this salacious item in the latest strategic plan? Alternate ROOTS is up against a learning edge around gender and sexuality—an edge sharp

Revealing Richmond’s Justice System, Through Stories and Portraits

Hannah Ayers (Richmond, VA) | March 29, 2017 Editor’s Note: In the month leading up to ROOTS Weekend-Richmond, Richmond Justice provides valuable local context for the conversations we’ll be having around the weekend’s theme: Creating a World Without Prisons. Join us for

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A Charge to White Women – Post Women’s March

Photo: Katina Parker By Katina Parker (Durham, NC) | March 20, 2017 8:40am, Saturday, January 21. The day after the Inauguration. I was hustling through the streets of DC trying to make the beginning of the Women’s March Rally. Pink

If You Are A Rock, Then Stand Up Like A Mountain*

L-R: Chloe Smith and friend Lata Seth looking out over Oceti Sakowin camp. Photo: Leah Smith. By Chloe Smith, Rising Appalachia (Atlanta, Georgia & North Carolina) | January 26, 2017 *The title is borrowed from this song by Trevor Hall,

Campaign for Youth Justice Seeks Partnerships in NC, SC, GA, FL, LA, and TX

                For over a decade, the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) has supported the movement to end the prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration of youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system.  With

The Day We Chased the KKK Out of Their Hometown

Photo: Katina Parker By Katina Parker (Durham, NC) | January 26, 2017 Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Just after sunrise, an eclectic group of 40 mostly White anarchist-types gathered at a city park in Durham, preparing to face off with the

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.