Category: Programs

GRASP This!: Girls Rock Charleston’s After School Program Re-routes the School-To-Prison Pipeline

GRASP Showcase Karla Barrios & Marie Attelier | June 7, 2016 Girls Rock Charleston is a member of Alternate ROOTS’ 2015-16 Partners in Action cohort and will be attending and sharing their work at ROOTS Weekend-New Market/Knoxville this weekend! Girls

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“Lord knows we’ll never be the same again, but at least we started telling the truth.”* A Report Back from Environment & Economy Day at ROOTS Week 2015

Land, Water, Food, Story altar installed by Clear Creek folks, created from copies of deeds to the land and rusty farm implements found on the land over the years. Photo: Nicole Garneau, 2015. Article by Nicole Garneau (Chicago, IL) Editor’s Note: This

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Symbols of Struggle: Black Lives Matter

Chen Lo in Soundtrack ’63 by Soul Science Lab. Originally commissioned and produced by 651 ARTS, Soundtrack ’63 will be presented by Junebug Productions and Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in January 2016. Photo: Xy-Fy Fotography.   Article by Kiyoko

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Teatro Sin Fronteras: Shifting Narratives to Include Latina/os in the Rebirth of Post-Katrina New Orleans

A packed house at Teatro Sin Fronteras #3 at Old Marquer Theatre. Photo: Craig Morse, June 2015.  Article by José Torres-Tama (New Orleans, LA) “The workers and families who helped rebuild New Orleans live in terror today … If they leave their

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The Land Man & A Love For

Article by Carrie Brunk, Clear Creek Creative (Clear Creek, Rockcastle County, KY) Photos by Melisa Cardona (New Orleans, LA) Clear Creek Creative is a member of Alternate ROOTS’ 2014-15 Partners in Action cohort. It’s a bold move to drive off a rural

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A Terrifying Liberation: The Opportunity in Appalachia’s Uncertain Future

Article by Ben Spangler, Appalshop (Whitesburg, KY) Appalshop is a member of Alternate ROOTS’ 2014-15 Partners in Action cohort. Central Appalachia is presently in a strange place as the collapse of the coal industry leaves the region in an historical moment

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Progress and Healing

Article by Rebekah Stevens Progress Theatre is currently on tour, performing in New Orleans March 12-14 and in Dallas April 10-11. In late February, Progress Theatre (PT) kicked off 2015 with our first residency of The Burnin’ at the University

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Shifting Narratives through Art and Culture

Article by Kiyoko McCrae (New Orleans, LA) On January 20th and 21st, Alternate ROOTS held a meeting for the 2014 Partners in Action cohort. During the two-day meeting, a theme emerged: How can art help to shift narratives? Robert Martin

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Music Changes Everything at the Global Village Project

By Elise Witt (Atlanta, GA) The first bone to develop in a baby is the Earbone. The last sense we lose before passing from this life is the sense of sound. Babies are born with all sounds, and to learn

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Exploring the American Dream Mythology through Performance Art Workshops 

Article by José Torres-Tama I see performance art as the bastard child from a drunken one-night stand between the visual arts and theater, and neither wants to claim this hybrid offspring at times. For the past twenty years, I have employed

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Ashley Minner – Maryland

Ashley requested support to purchase a new computer. As a part of her practice, she travels frequently, and as a doctoral student at the University of Maryland at College Park, a high-functioning, portable computer is essential. Ashley intends to reformat

Rebecca Mwase – Louisiana

Rebecca requested support to build a professional website. Creating this online home will allow a larger group of people to access her performance work and history, the classes, workshops and trainings she provides, and get information for her work in

Gwylene Gallimard – South Carolina

Gwylene requested travel support to go the 2014 National Performance Network (NPN) Annual Meeting that includes a Visual Artists Network (VAN) of Partners and Artists in Tulsa, Oklahoma November 16-20. Attendance to the meeting is by invitation only; Gwylene will

Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy – Louisiana

ROOTS is supporting Soraya in the purchase of a new computer which will allow her to archive, catalog, share and reproduce her work.

Daniel Johnson – Mississippi

Alternate ROOTS is supporting daniel’s travel and lodging accommodations as he attends the Open Engagement conference in Pittsburgh in April 2015. Open Engagement is an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. The three-day conference will explore the

Camille Shafer – North Carolina

Camille has requested funding to continue mosaic work in several locations on the Azule property and hold an inauguration event when the work is complete. The mosaics will be done with many people that want to be there and help

Katina Parker – North Carolina

Katina requested funding to re-print and re-frame 125 images from the One Million Strong exhibit for upcoming exhibit dates in 2015, that will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Rodrigo Dorfman – North Carolina

Rodrigo requested funds to create promotional and educational materials for the Durham Civil Rights Mural, the first public art funded by the city of Durham, NC.

Lorna Shelton-Beck – South Carolina

Lorna requested funding to design, build, parade and display a Caribbean Carnival King/Queen costume. The costume will go on display in the library at the end of the Carnival year, and during June 2016 for Caribbean American Heritage Month.  

ArtSpot Productions – Louisiana

ArtSpot Productions will partner in an international exchange lab directed by Emily Mendelsohn to mount a complete production of Erik Ehn’s play “Maria Kizito” and host conversations in New Orleans, Kampala, and Kigali on genocide, faith, and art’s capacity to

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.