Author: Melisa Cardona

In Light of All We Are Holding

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  May 24, 2022 | Michelle Ramos, Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS   Hello ROOTS Community, I hope that you all are holding strong and holding each other in the midst of the challenging times we find ourselves in. We are

ROOTS Week 2022 – Southern Soil: Nourishing Our ROOTS

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Nourishing Our ROOTS starts with the seeds. We are thrilled to share ROOTS: Seeds, a poetic short film conceived and co-directed by Melisa Cardona along with Jason Foster (Co-Director), Sunni Patterson (Poet), Ace Harney (Cinematographer and Editor), and Talamieka Brice

WELCOME ROOTS NEW STAFF MEMBERS!

April 26, 2022  | ROOTS Staff   We are excited to announce an incredible group of creative individuals has joined the ROOTS team! They join our other amazing 15 team members and bring their knowledge, passion, and expertise to our

ROOTS Personnel Committee Seeking Members

ROOTS Week 2019. Photo by Melisa Cardona.   April 21, 2022 | Personnel Committee    Interested in playing an important role in Alternate ROOTS’ personnel processes? Submit an Interest Form for the Personnel Committee! The Personnel Committee (PC) is comprised

ROOTS Week 2022: Reimagining How We Connect

ROOTS Week 2017. Photo by Melisa Cardona.   April 4, 2022 | ROOT Staff   After weighing all the options with input from staff, ExComm, and active ROOTS Work Groups, we’ve made the tough decision to delay our return to

A Letter from New Membership Director, Aimee McCoy

ROOTers at ROOTS Week 2019. Photo: Melisa Cardona   March 17, 2022 | Aimee McCoy   Hello Fellow ROOTers, As I prepare to lead the newly created Membership Team I wanted to take this moment to happily introduce myself. First,

2022-25 ExComm Nomination Period Now Open

Nominations for Alternate ROOTS Executive Committee (ExComm) service for 2022-2025 are open now until Sunday, March 27, 2022. With almost one hundred ROOTS voting board members, the ExComm is the body of 9-15 representatives that the voting members elect to

ROOTS IS HIRING: TWO YOOTS ORGANIZERS

YOOTS at ROOTS Week 2015. Photo by Melisa Cardona.   February 21, 2022 | ROOTS Staff    Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group

A POET READS SOLIDARITY STATEMENTS FOR PALESTINE

Poster from Palestine Solidarity Event in Washington DC, May 2021. Photo by Rasha Abdulhadi   February 2022 | Rasha Abdulhadi   During the pandemic, I’ve noticed medical professionals and even Long Covid advocates start with data from an apartheid colonial

14 ROOTS ARTISTS GRAPPLE WITH AN UNFAMILIAR WORLD

Rodger French plays accordion in The Theatrical Outfit’s production of Indecent, March 2020. Photo Credit: Jake Pearce Photography.   February 2022 | Hunter Wes   The decision to pursue a career in the arts is always fraught, with the fears

AN ARTIST DANCES ALONE TOGETHER

Screenshot of the Social Disdancing Dance Party via Zoom. Photo by Bear Hebert, 2020.   February 2022 | Marie Lovejoy     March 12th, 2020. The artist opens her inbox. Abundance of Caution… Monitoring the situation… In accordance with CDC

A FILMMAKER WORKS TO ERADICATE HUNGER

Feed Durham’s Katina Parker prepares trays of food for Thanksgiving 2021. Photo by Jas Leeward.   February 2022 | Katina Parker   Maybe 10 years back, I’d stood in my gravel drive, bewildered by the dozens of strangers purposefully criss-crossing

ROOTS is Hiring: Executive Assistant (Full-Time)

  January 21, 2022 | ROOTS Staff    Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group of artists, and cultural organizers based in the U.S.

ROOTS is Hiring: Member Services Associate (Full-Time)

January 21, 2022 | ROOTS Staff    Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group of artists, and cultural organizers based in the U.S. South,

ROOTS is Hiring: Partnerships Programs Associate (Full-Time)

  January 11, 2022 | ROOTS Staff    Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group of artists, and cultural organizers based in the U.S.

Not So Hidden Disability Erasure in the Theatre

Samuel Valdez and Paul Araujo in AND HE BECAME A MAN presented at Cine Libertad in Tijuana, Mex. Nov. 8th 2019. Photo by Bryant Hernande.   November 2021 | Shannon Ivey   According to the United States Centers for Disease

Dreaming Together: Emergentheatre (for a better world)

Justice von Maur in Savannah, Georgia, Fall 2020. Photo by Doreen von Maur.   November 2021 | Helms Jarrell   Justice von Maur is an activist rooted in the sun, the ocean, the dirt, the body, and feeling. Justice is

Lux Matters/Love Is All The Rage

Screenshot from muthi reed’s video work, Lux Matters/Love is All the Rage, 2021   Lux Matters/ Love Is All The Rage – a conversation with muthi reed   November 2021 | Hunter Wes & muthi reed   “My grandparents, the

ROOTS is Hiring! Full Time Accountant

  Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group of artists, and cultural organizers based in the U.S. South, creating a better world together. As

40 Magnificent Feet of Visibility: Creative Placemaking in Tampa, Florida

Detail of the mural “Painting Ourselves Visible” mural by Aya Tarek. Photo by Ameena Khan.   September 2021 | Nicole Garneau   “Painting Ourselves Visible” seeks to celebrate and increase the visibility of Arab, Middle Eastern/North African (MENA), and Muslim

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.