From Script to Screen: Documenting the Free Southern Theater

Early Free Southern Theater promotional image, circa 1970.  Jason Foster & Kiyoko McCrae (New Orleans, LA) | February 2, 2016 “Through theater, we think to open a new area of protest. One that permits the development of playwrights and actors,

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Resistance as Legacy

David Montana, Big Chief of the Ouachita Nation Mardi Gras Indians. Photo: Rebecca Mwase, 2015. Article by Rebecca Mwase (New Orleans, LA) | October 2, 2015 New Orleans is ten years post-Katrina. The landscape of the city has been ravaged

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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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ExComm Loves Nawlins: Face-to-Face Report, March 2015

Article by Bob Martin (Clear Creek, KY); Photos by Bob Martin and Nicole Garneau (Chicago, IL) Hey ROOTers, Bob Martin, your Executive Committee (ExComm) Board Chair here with an update and recap from our spring Face-to-Face (F2F) meeting down in

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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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Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares: 25 Years of Performance Poems and Other Verse

By José Torres-Tama (New Orleans, LA) Alternate ROOTS congratulates member and Partner in Action José Torres-Tama, on the release of his first collection of poetry, Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares. If you’re in New Orleans this week, you can attend

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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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Cultural Organizing for Social Change in New Orleans

  Cultural Organizing for Social Change in New Orleans a day-long workshop and gathering July 19, 2014;  9:30AM – 4:30 PM  New Orleans, LA Presented by: Arts & Democracy  Junebug Productions      When  Saturday July 19th, 2014 from 9:30AM

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Talkin’ Revolution with Dr. Doris Derby

Article by Michael “Quess?” Moore Dr. Doris Derby is a small woman, a small woman who left a big imprint. Standing barely over 5 feet tall, the first thing that jumped out at me were her enthusiastic eyes. She’s got

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Whisper, Howl, Sing: C/APP Projects Listen, Then Tell

This year’s Community/Artist Partnership Program (C/APP) projects share many connections. Each of the four projects merge art and activism, spring up out of local communities, and address the need for healing in the face of trauma and oppression. Last month we heard

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ALIENS Taco Truck Theater Project

ALIENS Taco Truck Theater Project / Teatro Sin Fronteras. Conceived by José Torres-Tama & ArteFuturo Productions in Partnership with Puentes New Orleans The ALIENS Taco Truck Theater Project / Teatro Sin Fronteras aims to transform a food vehicle into a theater

Soundtrack ’63

Stephanie McKee, Junebug Productions, New Orleans, LA Junebug Productions, Inc. (JPI), proposes a new project that is being built from the partnerships of artists, activists and educators interested in documenting and reflecting on the legacy of the civil rights movement.

Magical Moments, Critical Connections and Cry You One

Article and Photo by Monique Verdin People keep asking me how I got involved with Cry You One. The journey deserves its own chapter really as it has been an unimaginable story involving a magical series of critical connections and unexpected

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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.