Author: Melisa Cardona


It is our honor to introduce you to the 2021-22 Executive Committee Slate. This slate was chosen through an open nomination process, which brought forth a selection of very qualified nominees that were then vetted by the Executive Committee officers


2018 ROOTS Week UpROOTing Oppressions. Photo by Melisa Cardona   A continuación en español.   Welcome to the 2021 model of Alternate ROOTS’ very own organically grown, custom-made anti-racism/anti-oppression workshop series. ROOTS has a long history of anti-racist and anti-oppression


A continuación en español.   Virtual ROOTS Week 2021  Southern Soil: Collective Liberation in Harmony with the Land Tuesday, August 3-Sunday, August 8, 2021   Register Here!  ROOTS is an ever-growing, ever-evolving coalition of people committed to building a just world

Mel Cardona

MELISA (Mel) CARDONA they/them/theirs & she/her/hers Platforms Whisperer & Visual Story Alchemist [Communications Specialist] Mel is a first generation queer Latinx self-taught artivist who grew up between Atlanta, GA and her parents native land of Colombia. They cut their

Jennifer Williams

JENNIFER WILLIAMS she/her/hers Wordsmith [Communications Coordinator & Wordsmith] Jennifer M. Williams is the Communications Coordinator & Wordsmith at Alternate ROOTS. She is passionate about collaborating with artists and recently served as the Public Programs Manager at the New Orleans

Ryan Crane

RYAN CRANE they/them/theirs & he/him/his Road Mapper [Executive Assistant] Ryan Crane is a black, gender non-conforming, gulf south native, queer, artist, critical thinker, and curator currently residing in Bulbancha. Ryan uses archival, critical theory, philosophy, and various material mediums

indee mitchell

indee mitchell they/them/theirs & he/him/his Mastress of Cultural Exuberance and Agitation [Cultural Organizing Programs Administrator] indee mitchell (they/them/theirs, he/him/his) is a New Orleans based performance artist, Queer Black feminist, and cultural worker interested in experimental and community centered work

Nathalie Nia Faulk

NATHALIE NIA FAULK they/them/theirs & she/her/hers Mistress of Cultural Exuberance and Pleasantries [Cultural Organizing Programs Coordinator] Nathalie Nia (Nate) Faulk (they/them she/her) born in Lafayette, Louisiana and living in New Orleans for the last eight years, is a self

DeMarcus Akeem Suggs

DeMarcus Akeem Suggs he/him/his Resource Synergist & Resident Hype Man [Development Director] DeMarcus Akeem Suggs is a creative synergist with over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit cultural sector. He is a dance artist, educator, and arts administrator

Leticia Contreras

Leticia Contreras she/her/hers & they/them/theirs [Communications Associate] Leticia is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, and yoga instructor. Her work history has varied, but the continuous theme is service and offering compassionate support rooted in liberation and social equity. Leticia’s

Sherella Cupid

Sherella Cupid she/her/hers [Strategic Partnerships Associate] Sherella Cupid she/her/hers [Partnerships Programs Associate] As an Associate she supports the planning and execution of regional meetings, workshops, and partnership re-granting funding and programs. Additionally, she is an Interdisciplinary Researcher-Practitioner and Educator

Tyler McDaniel

Tyler McDaniel he/him/his Development Associate With a curiosity of culture Tyler McDaniel uses his tools as a filmmaker, artist, and public historian to amplify already present voices and stories. Born and raised in Kentucky, within the Ohio River Valley,

Now Hiring: Development Associate (Part-Time)

  Wednesday, March 31 2021 | ROOTS Staff    Development Associate JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES   Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group of

ROOTS Week 2021 Call For Proposals

ROOTS Week 2018. Photo by Melisa Cardona.   March 23, 2021 Virtual ROOTS Week Southern Soil: Collective Liberation in Harmony with the Land Tuesday, August 3-Sunday, August 8, 2021 Call for Proposals Due April 20, 2021  During this time of

Save the Date for ROOTS Weekend and ROOTS Week 2021

March 23, 2021   En Español continuación   Virtual ROOTS Weekend Southern Soil: Collective Learning in Harmony with the Land Friday May 14-Sunday, May 16, 2021 Save the Date! We will be holding our first-ever VIRTUAL ROOTS Weekend, Friday, May

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.