March Member News: Funding, Healing Opportunities & Member Connections

ROOTS Week 2019. Photo: Melisa Cardona.


March 9, 2023 | Member News

Tuesday, March 28: Artistic Assistance: Professional Development Applications Open

Artistic Assistance is a partnership between Alternate ROOTS and individual artists/cultural workers in the US South. Two Artistic Assistance funding cycles are offered each year:

Artistic Assistance Professional Development supports ROOTS members with funding to pursue opportunities that will advance their artistic/professional practice and further their careers.

See a full list of 2022 Professional Development partners here!


Friday May 19- Sunday May 21: ROOTS Weekend: Whitakers, NC

ROOTS Weekend is coming to Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, NC. Registration opens in late March!

ROOTS Weekend: Whitakers brings together artists, cultural workers, organizers and activists to engage in dialogue, make and witness art, as well as learn from one another. ROOTS Weekends deepen our collective understanding of the work of social change by celebrating the artists and organizers doing this work within their communities. Learn more HERE.

We know that impactful work can happen when artists and activists have space to gather and share with each other, and we aim to create that space.

We hope you will join us there – more info to come.


Tuesday, August 8-Sunday, August 13: ROOTS Week, Arden, NC

ROOTS Week Annual Meeting & Artists’ Retreat is a one-of-a-kind gathering and our largest event! Six days of performances, art and organizing workshops, UpROOTing Oppressions sessions, visual art exhibitions, our famous Late Night cabarets, and ROOTS’ annual business meeting – all in the mountains of North Carolina.

And for the first time since 2019, we’re back at Lutheridge Conference Center – the woodsy, beloved spot we’ve been meeting at for almost 15 years.

Stay tuned – registration opens in early May.


 ——————–     ——-   —–Get Involved, Get Connected

New Member Orientation Calls

The Membership Team and the ROOTS Membership Work Group are launching a new quarterly Member Orientation process! 

This will serve as an introduction to the organization, our members, our history, and our purpose in a personal, impactful, and hopefully engaging way. ALL members are welcome to ROOTS’ first ever virtual orientation (not just new members!):

Thursday March 16, 2023

6:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm ET

Click here to register.

Heal Teal Team Tea Time

The Heal Teal team at ROOTS invites you to be in radical study and pleasure at our first ever Tea Time!

Thursday, March 23 

7:30-9pm ET / 6:30pm – 8pm CT 

Tea Time is a moment for the ROOTS community to be in practice around healing and using art as a source of study. Our tea times include three things:

  • Sharing a recipe
  • Sharing a healing practice
  • Sharing art which deepens our ability to get free!

Our lead curator Dianne Green, will be leading a tea time with excerpts from Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo: A Novel, by Ntozake Shange.

Join in healing! Register via zoom using this link. And check out our Facebook Event HERE.

Questions? Contact: Nathalie Nia Faulk,

The Heal Teal Team is a group of ROOTS healing artists and organizers which are charged with centering healing, ecological care, and transformative justice in ROOTS and Southern Regional culture.  

Executive Committee (ExComm) Meetings 

All members are invited to attend ExComm Meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of the month from 5-6:30 pm ET / 4-5:30 CT. Join the meeting here. 

Next meeting dates are:

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2023
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2023

All approved ExComm minute meetings are available HERE. We encourage members to read them each month to stay current with the work of the ExComm and staff. If you have any issues accessing ExComm documents, please reach out to

ROOTS 50th Anniversary Work Group 

The 50th Anniversary Work Group has begun to meet, but you can still join us!

This team meets monthly to discuss, dream, and plan how to celebrate ROOTS’ 50th Anniversary and how to invest our funds in light of this milestone. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month from 3:30pm-5 pm ET / 2:30-4pm CT.

Bonus: participants will receive a modest stipend. 

To join, email Operations Manager, Marina Dias Lujan at

Finance Work Group Meetings

The Finance Work Group meets quarterly on the last Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6:00pm ET / 3:30-5pm CT to assist with governance and policy decisions around the finances of the organization.

Do you ever have a finance question that you are afraid to ask? If so, come to our next meeting where we’ll be discussing Quarter 1/2023 Financial Statements:

Wednesday, April 26

4:30-6:00 pm ET / 3:30-5pm CT

Join the meeting HERE.


—————————–        —Opportunities from the Field


Elise Witt & Gayanne Geurin
– Registration is now open for the following workshops where participants will connect with each other and the land/water:

Singing the Inspiration of Ossabaw Island GA
with Elise Witt & Gayanne Geurin
April 20-23, 2023
More information & registration HERE

Singing the Inspiration of Eastern Shore MD
with Elise Witt & Gayanne Geurin
June 1-4, 2023
More information & registration HERE

Creative Capital 2024 Grant – Creative Capital presents Creative Capital 2024 Grant Cycle Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact which will award grants up to $50,000 per artist project. The application is open March 1–31, 2023—only 6 short questions and takes less than one hour to complete!

For more information click here.

Dance / USA 2023 Conference – The Dance/USA 2023 Conference will take place Tuesday June 13- Friday June 16 in Atlanta, Georgia. Registration is now open and early bird rates are available through Wednesday March 29, 2023. All members of the national dance ecosystem are welcome at the Conference!

Fore more information click here.

the art rebellion – the art rebellion is looking for artists of all types to share their money stories. In these challenging economic times, how do artists across the U.S. make a living and new work while also struggling with low and inconsistent pay, and a lack of arts funding and opportunities?  These money snapshots, which include a breakdown of your income and expenses, will be published anonymously on our website and social media, meaning your name will not be shared. Those selected for publication will receive a $100 honorarium.                               Contact if interested in submitting an artist pay snapshot.

For more information click here.

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.