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#ROOTSRoadTrip Travelogue: Part Three

Michelle Ramos, Alternate ROOTS’ Executive Director | July 19, 2018 One of Michelle Ramos’ first moves as ROOTS’ new executive director was to announce the #ROOTSRoadTrip – that she’d be packing her bags and hitting the road to meet ROOTers

Artist Statement: Liana Ambrose Murray

This year’s ROOTS artwork is a tribute to the Southern sculptor, artist, and educator Augusta Savage born in 1892 in Green Cove Springs near Jacksonville, Florida. Although I’ve grown up in Asheville, NC, I was born in Jacksonville, FL too.

#ROOTSRoadTrip Travelogue: Part Two

Michelle Ramos, Alternate ROOTS’ Executive Director | July 12, 2018 One of Michelle Ramos’ first moves as ROOTS’ new executive director was to announce the #ROOTSRoadTrip – that she’d be packing her bags and hitting the road to meet ROOTers

#ROOTSRoadTrip Travelogue: Part One

Michelle Ramos, Alternate ROOTS’ Executive Director | July 10, 2018 One of Michelle Ramos’ first moves as ROOTS’ new executive director was to announce the #ROOTSRoadTrip – that she’d be packing her bags and hitting the road to meet ROOTers

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

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.