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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

In Loving Difficulty: Tending Our Gardens, UpROOTing Oppressions

UpROOTing Racism & Undoing Oppressions Training at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona. Rasha Abdulhadi | October 31, 2017 Alternate ROOTS’ practices recognize that we bring the world with us when we gather, whether in working in our home communities

Family-Like Ties

Photo: Melisa Cardona. indee mitchell | October 31, 2017 Since our first encounter, Alternate ROOTS has felt family-like to me. The people are personable and welcoming – they remember who you are, where you’re from, and what you do. The

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.