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ROOTED: You Give me Life

Teens with a Purpose members Dereon Gray and Durand Glass performing on the Purpose Park Stage during ROOTS Week Norfolk, August 2022. Photo by Robert Fields.   October 2022 | Andre Love ——–Tree roots have four main functions: absorb water,

June 4, 2024 Member News

 ROOTS Week 2016. Photo by Mel Cardona. SHARE YOUR ART AT ROOTS WEEK 2024; BOOK TEAM UPDATES; 50TH ANNIVERSARY & INVESTMENT PLANNING!  In This Issue: . Present your Art / Performance at ROOTS Week 2024 ROOTS Book Team Staffed &

May 21, 2024 Member News

In This Issue:  Present your Art / Performance at ROOTS Week 2024 May Membership Mayhem Upcoming Events Help ROOTS Test our new website! WE KEEP US SAFE: Protecting our Community Gatherings Skillshare at ROOTS Weekend Rhizome: Berea, KY Indigenous Working

May 6, 2024 Member News

In This Issue:  May Membership Mayhem Upcoming Events Artistic Assistance: Professional Development Partnership Grants Due Friday, May 10 at 5pm ET Present your Art / Performance at ROOTS Week 2024 Help ROOTS test our new website! Executive Leadership Search Continues

WE KEEP US SAFE: PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY GATHERINGS SKILLSHARE AT ROOTS WEEKEND RHIZOME: BEREA, KY

ROOTS Weekend Rhizome: Berea, KY October 14, 2023. Photo by Garrett Blaize.   March 2024 | Nicole Garneau  How do artists and activists gather safely in Eastern Kentucky and other places? This question was a generative starting point for the

April 22, 2024 Member News

Kathie DeNobriga, Garrett Blaize, and Nathalie Nia Faulk at ROOTS Week 2023. Photo: Mel Cardona   ARTISTIC ASSISTANCE: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP GRANTS DUE MAY 10 & MAY MEMBERSHIP MAYHEM! In This Issue:  Applications Open for Artistic Assistance: Professional Development May

April 3rd, 2024 Member News

 ROOTS Week 2023: John Doyle performs in front of quilts by Marquetta Johnson. Photo: Mel Cardona In This Issue:  Executive Leadership Search Launches Rewind: December 2023 ROOTS Weekend Rhizome in New Orleans Get Ready for May Membership Mayhem! Upcoming ExComm

March 19, 2024 Member News

ROOTS Week 2024. Photo: Melisa Cardona.   Delectable Art Offerings from Members & Atlanta Hospitality for Rhizome & Heal/Teal   In This Issue:  Join Workgroup for ROOTS Week 2024 Heal/Teal Strategic Retreat & Invitation to Join ROOTS Weekend: Rhizome Atlanta,

March 6, 2024 Member News

ROOTS Weekend Jackson, Photo by Brice Media.   IN THIS ISSUE:   2024-2027 Executive Committee Nominations Due Friday, March 15 You are Invited: Listening Sessions with ExComm Upcoming ExComm Meetings Join Workgroup for ROOTS Week 2024 Member Orientation Thursday, March 14

February 22, 2024 Member News

  ROOTS Week 2014. Photo by Doobius.org   In This Issue:  You are Invited: Listening Sessions with ExComm Member News Release Dates ExComm Nominations are Open for 2024-2027! Upcoming ExComm Meetings Take a Survey to Guide Executive Search Process Deadline:

February 6, 2024 Member News

Marquetta DuPree teaches Afro-Caribbean dance at ROOTS Week 2024. Photo: Mel Cardona   In This Issue:  . Deadline: Join or Renew your Dues March 1 Artistic Assistance: Professional Development Grants Spring 2024 Executive Committee Nominations Open Executive Leadership Search Advisory

JOURNEY THROUGH ROOTS WEEKEND RHIZOME: CHARLESTON, SC

Participants in ROOTS Rhizome Weekend in Charleston, SC, September 2023. Photo by Marquetta Dupree.   The September 30th, 2023 ROOTS Weekend Rhizome in Charleston, SC, was a delightful and successful community gathering. The day unfolded in four distinct parts, designed

Welcome Back, Winter Tea Time, Poetry for Nature and more…

Melisa Cardona. Alternate ROOTS archives.   Welcome back, Alternate ROOTS! As we embark on the journey of 2024, we celebrate the vibrant spirit that defines us—a community, a collective of artists, and cultural organizers—ROOTED! As the world undergoes profound changes,

We’re Hiring: Two Contract Positions to Prepare the ROOTS Book for Publication!

Bill Snyder juggles at daybreak at ROOTS 1987 Annual Meeting in Black Mountain, NC. Photo: George King. December 15, 2023 It’ll Take Some Tellin’, ROOTS’ years-in-the-making book project is a collection of critical essays, personal stories, interviews, story circles and

Welcome ExComm | Office Reflection Dates and Upcoming Meetings

New ExComm Members – photos courtesy of ExComm Members.    In This Issue: . Alternate ROOTS Office Closed for Staff Reflection, December 16, 2023 – January 2, 2024 Welcome New ExComm Members! Applications for ILI Year 6 Cohort due January

December Office Closure Member News Schedule and Season Update

ROOTS Week 2023. Photo by Melisa Cardona.     In This Issue: . Alternate ROOTS Office Closed for Staff Reflection, December 16 – January 2 Member News – New Schedule Get Involved, Get Connected ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ROOTS Office Closed for Staff

Fly High, Ukulele Lady: Remembering Beloved ROOTer Ann Kilkelly

Ann Kilkelly, Carol Burch-Brown, and Steve Bailey at ROOTS Week 2019. Photo: Melisa Cardona.   October 10, 2023   Longtime ROOTS member Ann Kilkelly passed away at age 76 after a long struggle with dementia on September 9, 2023. Ann

October Member News, First Edition

Ann Kilkelly, Carol Burch-Brown, and Steve Bailey at ROOTS Week 2019. Photo: Melisa Cardona.   In This Issue: . Fly High, Ukulele Lady: Remembering Beloved ROOTer Ann Kilkelly Member News Release Dates Fiscal Sponsorship – Applications Opening & Eligibility Change

September 25 Member News

Michelle Ramos at ROOTS Week 2019. Photo: Melisa Cardona   In This Issue: . Michelle Ramos’ Departure Artistic Assistance Deadline Embracing Change: Introducing ROOTS Weekend Rhizomes FamILI Dinner Member News Get Involved, Get Connected Opportunities in the Field Gratitude to

A Time of Change: Gratitude to Michelle Ramos & News on What’s Ahead

Michelle Ramos at ROOTS Week 2019. Photo: Melisa Cardona   September 19, 2023   Dear Community, It is from a deep well of love, gratitude, and support that we announce the departure of Dr. Michelle Ramos from her Executive Director

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.