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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

Getting Back to Work: ROOTS and the Critical Response Process

By Liz Lerman | August 3, 2017 I was frustrated. What passed for feedback in my community of dance makers was something like: “Nice dance, Liz, now let’s go get a drink” or maybe just “Let’s go get a drink.”

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.