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ROOTS Week 2022 – Southern Soil: Nourishing Our ROOTS

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Nourishing Our ROOTS starts with the seeds. We are thrilled to share ROOTS: Seeds, a poetic short film conceived and co-directed by Melisa Cardona along with Jason Foster (Co-Director), Sunni Patterson (Poet), Ace Harney (Cinematographer and Editor), and Talamieka Brice

2020: What a Year. Reflections, Funder Thanks & New Short Film

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Click HERE to watch the Remembering, the Now. Conceived and directed by Melisa Cardona, Poem by Jonathan Clark.   December 17, 2020   2020. What a year.    When we chose The Fierce Urgency of Now as our 2020 theme,

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We Are Resourceful! Shared Resources in Response to COVID-19

While we may not be sharing space or holding hands for weeks/months, we’re leaning into the strength of our community during this uncertain time. Photo: Melisa Cardona. Updated April 6, 2020 As the spread of COVID-19 in the US moved

Cultural Policy & ROOTS

A Southern based regional arts and social justice service organization with national reach, Alternate ROOTS’ role in cultural policy is to develop an understanding and awareness of regional and national social justice and arts policies that have implications for Alternate

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

What ROOTS Means to Me

Article by Clyde Valentín (Dallas, TX) | December 7, 2015 We thank Clyde for offering this powerful testimony as part of our Friends of Alternate ROOTS campaign. If you are so moved, join Clyde in supporting Alternate ROOTS by donating today! As

ROOTS Week 2015: A Preview

We are pleased, proud, and excited to announce the incredible artists, culture-bearers, organizers, activists, and scholars who will share their work with us at ROOTS Week under the banner, A Call to Action: Transformation. Within this theme, we’ll be focusing

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Artability Artist Spotlight: Samuel Valdez

This is the second of our four-part Artability Artist Spotlight series that highlights differently-abled artists and runs throughout Alternate ROOTS’ Artability campaign. Artability provides scholarships for artists with disabilities to attend ROOTS Week. To read the first spotlight, featuring Camille

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Artability Artist Spotlight: Camille Shafer

Article by Nicole Gurgel, Alternate ROOTS Content Developer (Albuquerque, NM) This is the first in a four-part series that highlights differently-abled artists and runs throughout Alternate ROOTS’ Artability campaign, which provides scholarships for artists with disabilities to attend ROOTS Week.

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ROOTS Lounge: ROOTS Week Preview!

On Wednesday, July 9 at 7:00p Eastern, a team of our core leadership for ROOTS Week 2014 will host a ROOTS Lounge just for you.  Find out about: awesome new performances skill building, thought-proving learning exchanges how much time will

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Speed the CAR: Creative Arts Reintegration

Speed Killed My Cousin, The Carpetbag Theatre’s newest play, is a multimedia performance rooted in the story of an African American female soldier and her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder upon her return home from Iraq. While driving down the

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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.