Update on Why We Must Have Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in the Arts

By Keryl McCord, Operations Director, Alternate ROOTS | May 9, 2016 This article elaborates on “Why We Must Have Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity In the Arts: A Response to the National Association for Music Education,” posted on this blog on May 4. 

Why We Must Have Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in the Arts: A Response to the National Association for Music Education

By Keryl McCord, Operations Director, Alternate ROOTS | May 4, 2016 Since the writing of this article, Jesse Rosen, President & CEO of the League of American Orchestras, has joined Keryl McCord in speaking out on this matter. Read his

In Solidarity Against HB2: Why ROOTS Isn’t Boycotting North Carolina

Photo taken by Elainiel Baldwin at an HB2 Action on March 24. To view the full album, click here.  This spring, we have seen legislation rise up in our region and across our country, that allows the state and citizens

Archival Revival | The Partnering of Artists and Communities: New Methods Evolving in the Durham CAPP

By Nayo Barbara Malcolm Watkins Originally published: Winter 1993 | Republished: February 3, 2016    In celebration of ROOTS’ 40th year, we’ll be curating the Archival Revival Series – a collection of articles by ROOTers, about the work of ROOTS over the

How Can We Create A World Where No Youth Are Locked Up? Bringing Incarcerated Youth to the Forefront of the Movement for Youth Justice

Trey Hartt, (Richmond, VA) | February 3, 2016 Performing Statistics is part of Alternate ROOTS’ 2015-16 Partners in Action cohort.  “If you were me you would know that I love my family; that I’m a respectful person; that I have the

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Meet Our Winter 2015-16 Artistic Assistance Awardees

For Immediate Release February 8, 2016 Contact: Nicole Gurgel-Seefeldt, Communications Manager 651-895-9206 Alternate ROOTS is proud to announce our Winter 2015-16 Artistic Assistance Award Recipients. This group of 26 artists, activists, and cultural organizers spans eight Southern states and

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From Script to Screen: Documenting the Free Southern Theater

Early Free Southern Theater promotional image, circa 1970.  Jason Foster & Kiyoko McCrae (New Orleans, LA) | February 2, 2016 “Through theater, we think to open a new area of protest. One that permits the development of playwrights and actors,

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ROOTS 40th Year: A Call to Action – Emergent Organizing

Members of Carpetbag Theatre perform Red Summer at the 1992 Annual Meeting, at Table Rock, NC. From L-R: Vida Werner, Bert Tanner, Adora Dupree, and Linda Parris-Bailey.  Article by ROOTS Staff | January 6, 2016 In 1976, at the Highlander

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The Places We Call Home: ROOTS Weekend at Zora Fest

(L-R) Ausettua AmorAmenkum and Jarrell Hamilton perform in Junebug Productions’ Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue. Photo credit: Melisa Cardona, 2014. Article by Tamiko Ambrose Murray (Asheville, NC) | January 4, 2016 Interested in attending ROOTS Weekend-Eatonville? Click here

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Investing In Culture: 50 Years of the NEA

ROOTS’ Executive Director, Carlton Turner was invited to the NEA’s 50th anniversary concert at the White House, in which New Orleans’ Trombone Shorty performed.    Article by Carlton Turner, Alternate ROOTS Executive Director (Utica, MS) | January 5, 2016 On October

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ROOTS’ Year of Transformation: Learning From our Past and Holding Space for What Doesn’t Yet Exist

L-R: Carlton Turner and Sistufara Muhammad lead a community dialogue at ROOTS Week 2015. Photo: Melisa Cardona.  Article by Jessica Solomon (Washington D.C.); Photos by Melisa Cardona (New Orleans, LA) December 7, 2015 As I reflect on this year at

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What ROOTS Means to Me

Article by Clyde Valentín (Dallas, TX) | December 7, 2015 We thank Clyde for offering this powerful testimony as part of our Friends of Alternate ROOTS campaign. If you are so moved, join Clyde in supporting Alternate ROOTS by donating today! As

My 1968 in South Carolina 2015

Article and Photos by Omari Fox (Orangeburg, SC) | December 7, 2015 With official and ‘on the fly,’ #BlackLivesMatter chapters sprouting up everywhere in the country after non-indictments of law enforcement officers in late 2014, South Carolina’s two key cities,

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Building a Documentation Hub Online

Article by Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios (Philadelphia, PA) | November 5, 2015 Documentation is always a high priority at Alternate ROOTS. We honor our time together by taking good notes, activating talented illustrators, photographers and video journalists, and reflecting

Expanding ROOTS’ Circle through 3BQ

Article by Keryl McCord, Alternate ROOTS Operations Director | November 3, 2015 On Saturday, October 24, Alternate ROOTS held our first-ever Un-Gala, Burlesque, Barbeque, and Bourbon, or 3BQ. 3BQ was designed to not be your typical fundraiser. We didn’t want

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The Future of “The Future is on the Table #4” is on the Web: Documentation for Activation

Article by Nicole Gurgel (Albuquerque, NM) | November 3, 2015 From fall 2012 through spring 2013, multi-media artists Gwylene Gallimard and Jean-Marie Mauclet, facilitated an art-with-community project in Jackson, MS, sponsored by the Mississippi Museum of Art. The artists, who

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Fourteen ROOTers Involved In the Cucalorus Film Festival

Now in it’s 21st year, the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC continues to integrate ROOTS members into the festival in a myriad ways. Led by longtime ROOTS Member and former Executive Committee Chair Dan Brawley, Cucalorus is a non-competitive

Resistance as Legacy

David Montana, Big Chief of the Ouachita Nation Mardi Gras Indians. Photo: Rebecca Mwase, 2015. Article by Rebecca Mwase (New Orleans, LA) | October 2, 2015 New Orleans is ten years post-Katrina. The landscape of the city has been ravaged

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Tassels and Transgressions on the Third Rail: Shaking It Up for Social Justice through Burlesque

Article by S.T. Shimi | October 7, 2015 Editor’s Note: We’re thrilled to publish this article by one of our Barbeque, Burlesque, and Bourbon headliners and longtime members, S.T. Shimi aka Black Orchid. Come on out to see Black Orchid,

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Caring for Self and for Communities: A Reflection on Self Worth

It Will Happen by Stephanie Patton (2014) at Contemporary Arts Center. Photo: Michelle Ivette Gomez, 2015.   By Michelle Ivette Gomez “Don’t give into the feeling or pressure that you haven’t done anything, or you haven’t done enough. Don’t let

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.