Indigenous Artists Gathering 2015 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lumhe “Micco” Sampson presenting his workshop, “Hoop Dance Teaching: Indigenous Circles of Leadership” at the Indigenous Artists Gathering. Photo: Ashley Minner, 2015.  Article by: Ashley Minner, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Alternate ROOTS Executive Committee Member (Baltimore, MD) Way back

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Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro

Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro will be performing at this years ROOTS Week, August 4-9 2015!   Telares (o el olvido) / Looms (or, the forgetting) By Fabiola Ruiz A work-in-progress performance in Spanish Directed by: Dora Arreola Performed by: Gisela

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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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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The Mississippi Performing Arts Summit: Doing the Right Work, Right Now

Article by Wendy Shenefelt, Alternate ROOTS Programs Associate (Jackson, MS) On February 15-16, 2015 New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, along with Alternate ROOTS, and Turner World Around Productions convened the Mississippi Performing Arts Summit in Jackson,

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Power & Subversion

Article by Joseph Thomas (Philadelphia, PA) I began to explore the subject of power in 2012 during the rehearsal process for a play written by Jean Genet called Splendid’s. The play takes place in a hotel suite where seven gangsters

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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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Breathing Room for Something Unstoppable

“Wholehearted.” Collage for June Jordan by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Article by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Ph.D. (Durham, NC)           A. Opening Prayer (take deep breaths in the stanza breaks) C(h)ant.   Breathe. Dedicated to Eric Garner* And to

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Something to Behold in West Baltimore

By Jamie Haft, (Syracuse, NY) This article was originally published at Roadside Theater: Art in a Democracy. It is reprinted here with permission.  This is a story about how residents, artists, community organizers, university professors, and students responded to a

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Appalshop Director Position Available

  Appalshop, Inc., the nonprofit arts and education organization in Whitesburg, KY, is searching for a Director who will help lead the institution as part of an organizational initiative that engages the new generation of Appalshop artists and institutional leaders

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Speeding Through Texas: Reflections on the Speed Killed My Cousin 2014 Texas Tour

By Joe T. (Knoxville, TN) The Carpetbag Theatre recently took their new play, Speed Killed My Cousin, and the Creative Arts Reintegration project (C.A.R), on a three-week tour of Texas that included stops in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. Speed

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NET’s Exchange Grants “Intent to Apply” now OPEN!

October 27th, 2014 The intent to apply period for 2014-15 NET/TEN Exchange Grants is now OPEN!  Log-in HERE using your NET member username and password to access the online application Lead applicants must be NET members in the Ensemble category in good standing You will be asked

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José Torres-Tama Sightings in California

IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    Contact: José Torres-Tama October 13, 2014                                                                      504.232.2968                                     José Torres-Tama National Projects & Residencies ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS & OTHER EVILDOERS Sci-fi Latino Noir Performance Sightings in California for Fall 2014

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