Category: Programs

Rend Smith – North Carolina

ROOTS is supporting the development phase of “Black Man, Running” (BMR) a public art and organizing project that addresses issues of race, public space, health, surveillance culture and democracy.

Rachel Lee – Louisiana

The Alternate ROOTS Project Development grant will support LOUD in hosting its second queer theater production. Funding will allow the production to be performed in a true theater space and pay stipends to their youth artists.  

La’Sheia Oubré – South Carolina

La’Sheia is leading The Charleston Rhizome of Alternate ROOTS to initiate the “conNECKted” project. She will lead five Porch Conversations in five neighborhoods in Charleston, South Carolina where community gentrification is starting to occur. An inter-generational public presentation with an

Kesha McKey – Louisiana

KM Dance Project will produce an evening length Dance Theatre Production featuring the works of three emerging African American choreographers in New Orleans. In addition to providing an artistic platform as well as the opportunity for choreography development of local

Bonnie Gabel – Louisiana

LAST CALL is a project that seeks to document and creatively interrogate the neglected history of lesbian bars in New Orleans.

Chris James – Arkansas

  Funding from Alternate ROOTS will cover 4 ½ months rent at The Roots Art Connection, a Gallery/Youth Hub/Studio that will serve as a platform for poets, performance arts, visual artists, and will offer healthy living activities and youth programming

Story Tapestries (Arianna Ross) – Maryland

In an ongoing partnership with the Gaithersburg Elementary School Community in Montgomery County, Maryland, Story Tapestries is working to build a foundation for improved communication and greater family engagement through Dialogue Circle and arts-based multi-literacy training. The proposed events will provide a means

The Aesthetics of Valuing Difference: Art & Movement Building in the 21st Century

By Collette Carter, Operations Director, Project South (Atlanta, GA) Alternate ROOTS is proud to be collaborating with Project South through our Partners in Action Program. Founded in 1986, Project South has developed thousands of leaders within communities directly affected by

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Carolyn Grady

About the Artist: Carolyn Grady is an Atlanta-based photographer. She is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of Temple University whose portfolio is packed with images that emotionally connect audiences with live performance art. For almost a decade, Carolyn’s photography

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Progress Theatre

About the Group: Houston-based Progress Theatre is a touring ensemble of multi-disciplined performers committed to encouraging social consciousness, cross-community dialogue and cultural awareness. Inspiring audiences with dynamic performances founder Cristal Chanelle Truscott brands “Neo-Spirituals,” these a’capella musicals are consciously, methodologically

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Chris James / The Roots Art Connection

About the Artist: Chris James is an native of Little Rock, Arkansas and by age of 24 he has already become one of the primary leaders of the arts movement in the city. He is a member of 2014 Championship

Cripple Creek Theatre Company

About the Company: The Cripple Creek Theatre Company is a professional, non-profit organization dedicated to producing dramatic works of cultural, historical, and political relevance in order to provoke the general public into social action. Current Projects: “Possum Kingdom”: For the

Elise Witt

About the Artist: The producer of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage calls Elise Witt “a performer to remember with international savvy & personal charm.”  Singer, songwriter, educator, and community activist, Elise was born in Switzerland, raised in North Carolina, and

Voices in the Treetops

About the Artist: Paula Larke left professional theatre in NY, returning to the southeast for now over two decades of community conflict transformation and youth arts education. North Carolina’s Visiting Artist Program, NC Touring Program, innumerable residencies, keynote addresses and

José Torres-Tama

About the Artist: José Torres-Tama explores the underbelly of the North American Dream mythology, the Latino immigrant experience, and the lingering legacy of white supremacist power structures in the United States. His interdisciplinary creative practices include spoken word poetry, critical

Melanie St. Ours

About the Artist: Melanie St. Ours works at the crossroads of arts and healing. Previous work includes a Zilphia Horton cultural organizing residency in partnership with undocumented immigrant youth in NC, co-directing and devising The Eleventh Face: Ravana’s Untold Story

Barry Stewart Mann

About the Artist: Barry Stewart Mann is an Atlanta-based actor, storyteller, writer and educator.  He has a BA from Harvard and an MFA from the University of San Diego, and has been working in theatre, storytelling, and arts education for

SpiritHouse Inc.

About the Group: SpiritHouse is a Durham-based cultural organizing non-profit organization that uses art, culture and media to support the empowerment of communities most impacted by racism, poverty, gender discrimination and the school to prison pipeline. Since 1999, we have

Queen Sheba

About the Artist: Queen Sheba graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA with a B.A. in English, is an internationally renowned award winning poet, journalist, budding playwright, actor, activist, and CEO of Oya Exclusive Int’l which houses several endeavors

King Shakur

About the Artist: King is a poet and spoken word artist heavily influenced by poverty, youth engagement, Hip Hop and Soul music. He does powerful performances, and teaches workshops on media images and Hip Hop and how it influences youth,

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.