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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 Seeks Communications Consultant: Proposals Due April 9, 2021

March 12, 2021   Alternate ROOTS is seeking a Communications Consultant, to support the development of a multi-year communications plan that takes our 45th anniversary in 2021 as an opportunity to begin working on a “refresh” with the 50th anniversary

Southern Soil: Alternate ROOTS’ 2021 Theme, Key Dates, & Happenings

ROOTS Week 2015. Photo by Melisa Cardona.   February 27, 2021    During this time of the pandemic, many of us have turned to the land to sustain and ground us. In the midst of growing climate crises, many of

Now Hiring: Communications Associate (Part-Time)

  February 11, 2021 | 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.

Michelle Ramos

MICHELLE RAMOS she/her/hers Vision Keeper [Executive Director] Dr. Michelle Ramos brings a deep and incredibly robust diversity of experience to role as Executive Director of Alternate Roots. Her background includes most recently working in criminal justice reform as Project

Wendy Shenefelt

Wendy Shenefelt she/her/hers Professional Auntie [Cultural Organizing Director] The Programs Director executes the overall management, design, implementation, administration and evaluation of ROOTS Week and ROOT S Weekends, and our regranting program, Artistic Assistance. ROOTS Week is Alternate ROOTS’ signature

Paige Heurtin


Paige Heurtin she/her/hers Caretaker, Peacemaker & Implementer [Operations Director] Paige’s main responsibilities are paying the bills, ordering the post it notes, and making sure the office is running smoothly. Paige takes care of the daily accounting for Alternate ROOTS,

Nicole Gurgel-Seefeldt

Nicole Gurgel-Seefelt she/her/hers Communications Orchestrator & Story Strategist [Communications Director] As the Communications Manager, Nicole implements the strategy for all internal and external communications. Working closely with Programs and

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

Aimee McCoy

Aimee McCoy she/her/hers Oracle of Synthesis [Operations Manager] Aimee McCoy is Co-founder of The Artizen Company (TAC), a theater and film company based in Georgia. Since 2013, she has served as managing director and co-artistic director, regularly taking on

Clarissa Crawford

Clarissa Crawford she/her/hers Partnerships & Process Road Opener [Director of Strategic Partnerships] Clarissa is a producer who facilitates creative processes by curating content, opportunities, and access to resources for artists. She is also a seasoned project manager who has

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

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.