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In Solidarity with Migrants and Asylum Seekers

ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS & OTHER EVILDOERS written and performed by José Torres-Tama at ROOTS Weekend-Dallas. Photo: Melisa Cardona.  What is unfolding on the border is a human rights crisis. We at ROOTS stand with migrants and asylum seekers. We oppose the separation of

I Am Powerful: Reclaiming and Uplifting the Power, Space, and Voice of Incarcerated Youth

Justice Parade 2017, Performing Statistics. Photo: Craig Zirpolo. This article is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here. By: Jeree Thomas (Richmond, VA) | April 25, 2018 “I am smarter than you think… I am not a

Azule, a Place for the Arts: A Journey Towards Creative Placemaking

Azule contains myriad mosaics, all of them painstakingly designed and executed by Camille. Photo: Azule Archives. This article is part of the Creating Place project. View the full multimedia collection here. Article & Photo Collages by Alicia Arraya | April 25, 2018 Without

ROOTS’ new Executive Director, Michelle Ramos, announces the ROOTS Road Trip!

Porch circle at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona. Dear ROOTers, I am so excited to spend some time to get to know you! I started as Executive Director on January 15th, MLK day, which was not planned, but incredibly

Buildings, Community, Art, and Building Community: Fetching Lessons from the Past

The Hapeville Performing Arts Center was one of several stops on the Grassroots Arts Bus Tour during ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta. Photo: Melisa Cardona.  Priscilla Smith (Atlanta, GA) | January 25, 2018 “I came away inspired. It completely transformed my vision of

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Why “STAND”? Why Now? Reflections on A Visual Dialogue On Justice

These art pieces were a part of the STAND exhibition at ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta. L-R: Be American by Jamal Barber; Yomi My American series by Sheila Pree Bright. Photo: Melisa Cardona Charmaine Minniefield, Exhibition Curator (Atlanta, GA) | January 29, 2018

CREATING PLACE WHILE BUILDING PEOPLE POWER: HOW ROOTS WEEKEND-ATLANTA INSISTED ON TRADITIONS OF PLACE AND SPIRIT

Participants at ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta gather in a circle during Arielle Brown’s workshop. Photo: Melisa Cardona. Arielle Brown | January 27, 2018 THE WORDS AND SOUNDS THAT STILL – IN ME – VIBRATE FROM ROOTS WEEKEND ATLANTA Alabama hold on  

The Alternate ROOTS/Community Built Association Connection

  Jeff Mather (Atlanta, GA) | January 9, 2018 This year’s Community Built Association Conference will be held in Charleston, SC on March 22-25, 2018, with a Community Built Boot Camp from March 17-22. Since 2004 Alternate ROOTS member artists

Concerning Vaudeville and ROOTS

Kassi Dephinia performs a hoop routine at the DeLuxe Vaudeville Orchestra’s retrospective performance at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona  By Rodger French Vaudeville occupies a not insignificant place in the history of ROOTS, but before we address this particular

Back to the ROOTS of Critical Response

A full house gathers for one of three Critical Response Process workshops at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona. John Borstel | October 31, 2017 Finally. After years of experiencing ROOTS Week second hand – through direct accounts, benevolent gossip, and impassioned

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.