We’re ALL BORN SINGING: Elise Witt Releases New Album

  Photo: Carol Burch Brown. Design: Jessica Lily. Longtime ROOTS member and winner of the William L. Womack Creative Arts Award, Elise Witt, is excited to announce the release of her newest recording project We’re All BORN SINGING. Join Elise and a

Katrina 10: Our Hope Lies In Our Resistance

The Katrina Commemoration 2nd Line has been a site of resistance for the past nine years. Photo: Katina Parker.

ROOTS Lounge @ Lunch: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Join us on September 15 for ROOTS Lounge @ Lunch — a virtual lunchtime conversation about topics that matter to ROOTS members. At this Lounge, we’ll be discussing Alternate ROOTS’ grant and partnership programs and asking for your input on

Ferguson: One Year Later

Memorial to Mike Brown, one year later. Photo: Katina Parker, 2015.  Article & Photos by Katina Parker (Durham, NC) Just over one year ago, on August 9th, an 18-year old boy affectionately known as “Mike Mike” was walking to his

Cultural Equity: An Act of Remembering

Logan Murray, playing his saxophone at ROOTS Week Late Night. Photo: Peter Eversoll, 2015.  Article by Tamiko Ambrose Murray (Asheville, NC); Liana Ambrose-Murray (New Haven, CT) & Logan “John Soultrane” Murray (Asheville, NC) Editor’s Note: One of the things Alternate

“Lord knows we’ll never be the same again, but at least we started telling the truth.”* A Report Back from Environment & Economy Day at ROOTS Week 2015

Land, Water, Food, Story altar installed by Clear Creek folks, created from copies of deeds to the land and rusty farm implements found on the land over the years. Photo: Nicole Garneau, 2015. Article by Nicole Garneau (Chicago, IL) Editor’s Note: This

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Using Art to Undo Imperialism

Dora Arreola in “Telares (o el Olvido),” with Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro at ROOTS Week. Photo: Melisa Cardona, 2015.   Article by Anu Yadav (Washington D.C.) A woman silently gestures to me in the cafeteria, her face partially obscured by

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2015 Visual Arts Scholars Retreat

Alternate ROOTS Joan Mitchell Visual Arts Scholars getting silly at Azule. Article and photos by Lauren Hind (New Orleans, LA) I feel like a proud mother. Maybe that’s the residual effect of coming off the mountain from a weekend with

ROOTS Week 2015: A Preview

We are pleased, proud, and excited to announce the incredible artists, culture-bearers, organizers, activists, and scholars who will share their work with us at ROOTS Week under the banner, A Call to Action: Transformation. Within this theme, we’ll be focusing

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Symbols of Struggle: Black Lives Matter

Chen Lo in Soundtrack ’63 by Soul Science Lab. Originally commissioned and produced by 651 ARTS, Soundtrack ’63 will be presented by Junebug Productions and Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in January 2016. Photo: Xy-Fy Fotography.   Article by Kiyoko

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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.