May 6, 2024 Member News

In This Issue: 



Alternate ROOTS’ Membership Team invites ROOTS members to engage in May Membership Mayhem.

May Membership Mayhem: A Million and One Ways to Connect

The purpose of May Membership Mayhem (MMM) is to reintroduce and solidify the role of the Membership Team within Alternate ROOTS, focusing on serving our members. This initiative aims to strengthen existing activities while introducing new programs with an energizing, social atmosphere. Simply put: MMM is here to promote connectivity, awareness, knowledge, and engagement among members.

Check out our events below and also listed HERE on the ROOTS Website – with a mix of old favorites and brand-spankin’ new initiatives, all aimed at keeping you connected, informed, and inspired!

Anchor Events for May Membership Mayhem:

Tuesday, May 7, 2pm ET: ROOTS Fiscal Sponsorship Gathering
ROOTS Current Fiscal Sponsees are invited to this virtual gathering to explore and discuss our Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Join the meeting HERE.

Wednesday, May 8, 12noon ET: Lunch Porch Sit with ROOTS Staff
Members are welcome to join staff at this weekly staff meeting! We’ll get to know each other better, have time for connection, questions, and more. Join the meeting HERE.

Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm ET: Know Your Folks Live: Online + InDeep Release (King Shakur)  Time for the next episode of KNOW YOUR FOLKS LIVE!  This time, we are going Virtual! Join us as we speak with ROOTS Members about their life, art, and missions. Our hostess, Ashlee Haze, will interview three very special ROOTS Members. Register HERE.

Thursday, May 16, 6:30pm ET: Strat Part Convo (What was done + feedback)
Join us for a review of the last three years’ impact and progress of Strategic Partnerships, with a preview of what’s next. Attendees can shape the upcoming feedback session on Thursday, May 30 by hosting in-person or virtual Rhizomes focused on discussing Strategic Partnerships. Register HERE

Friday, May 17, 5pm ET: Tea Time: Engaging Healing Arts for Liberation and Resistance
Guided by the mantra of being in harmony with ourselves, each other, and the Earth, the Heal/Teal Team at Alternate ROOTS invites you to explore healing and artistic practices toward collective liberation. Join us for Tea Time as we discuss the role of healing arts in addressing global genocides, honoring lost cultures and lives while celebrating their resilience and value. Join the meeting HERE.

Tuesday, May 21, 6pm ET: ExComm + Leadership Task Force Executive Search Listening Session
All Alternate ROOTS members and staff are invited to participate in the upcoming ExComm + Leadership Task Force Executive Search Updates & Listening Sessions. Register HERE.

Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm ET: Membership Work Group Report Out + Party Time Virtual Meetup The ROOTS network spans across the south, and sometimes, travel is not feasible. We are launching a connecting and networking opportunity with ROOTS Virtual Meetups. We want to help create spaces to deepen our connections with each other and build new and vibrant relationships. Join us for this Virtual Meetup initiative. Register HERE.

Thursday, May 30, 6:30pm ET: Strategic Partnerships Review / Preview Part 2
The Strategic Partnerships Team will lead a second conversation about partnership programs, including feedback from the May 16 conversation and the Member-hosted Rhizomes dedicated to exploring that information. Register HERE.



ROOTS Week 2022: Houston. Photo by Eric Michael Ward. 

DEADLINE: Artistic Assistance: Professional Development Partnership Grants Due Friday, May 10 at 5pm ET

The Alternate ROOTS Artistic Assistance Program is a beacon of support for ROOTS members whose work intersects with art, community, and activism. Artistic Assistance Professional Development Partnership grants provide ROOTS members with grants of $250-$2,500. New members (less than 12 months of membership as of March 1, 2024) are eligible to apply for up to $1,000.

      • Friday, May 10, 2024 at 5pm ET: Deadline for Artistic Assistance: Professional Development
      • July 2024: Award Notifications
      • July 2024: Proposed activity begins on or after July 2024.

Please visit HERE for further information.

If you have any questions, please email



ROOTS Weekend Dallas 2017. Photo by Sandra Andino

Present at ROOTS Week 2024! Applications Due Friday, June 7 by 11:59pm ET

ROOTS Week 2024 will take place August 13-18, 2024 at Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center in Arden, NC. This year’s theme is Southern Soil: Sankofa Seeds. 

As we prepare to welcome folks back to Lutheridge, we seek proposals from members of the Alternate ROOTS community who would like to lead an art-making workshop, share original visual art, share works-in-progress or performances, present a pollinator keynote, or host a conversation. Submit a proposal HERE

Performance and Visual Art proposals will be prioritized, as will proposals submitted by ROOTS members. Please consider sharing your art with us for the best chance of proposal acceptance!

Presenters whose proposals are accepted will receive a $250 stipend and complimentary registration for ROOTS Week 2024.

Apply HERE. If you have questions, please email or call 404-577-1079 ext.106.


Seeking: Volunteer Website Testers for Alternate ROOTS New Website

Alternate ROOTS is re-launching our web site and we are seeking volunteers to get on a 15-30 minute call with our web designer, Christian from SoulCenter, to test new functions. Would you like to help? Sign up HERE by Friday, May 10. 


Executive Leadership Search Continues

Alternate ROOTS is excited to launch our search for the next Executive Leader. This pivotal step comes after a detailed, collaborative effort to craft the perfect job description, spearheaded by our Executive Leadership Search Advisory Task Force and the Executive Committee. We’re now inviting applications to steer ROOTS into the future.

We seek a leader who respects our legacy, can forge a visionary path forward, embodies our values in action and policy, and skillfully navigates the complexities of our organizational structure. Our search is grounded in our principles, embracing innovation while honoring the hard work that defines us, as captured in ROOTS’ inaugural song.

If you’re ready to lead and shape the future of Alternate ROOTS, we encourage you to apply. Position description and application information HERE.

Our search is supported by the distinguished members of the Alternate ROOTS Executive Leadership Search Advisory Task Force, Executive Committee, and others committed to finding a leader who will guide us with passion and vision.



ExComm Face-to-Face 2016.

Upcoming ExComm Meetings 

ALL members of Alternate ROOTS are invited to attend meetings of the Executive Committee and participate in governance! ExComm meetings are on the first Tuesdays of the month.

Upcoming dates:

May 7th at 5:30pm ET

June 4th at 5:30pm ET

The current Zoom link is listed below:

Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 862 8928 5127
Passcode: 198730

If you have any issues accessing the Zoom meeting, please e-mail Marina at:


Plug Your Events on Social & Member News!

The Alternate ROOTS Community wants to support your events. Here is how to get the word out through our channels:

Member News Email: To share your announcement in the Member News, please fill out this form by the first day of the month. Submit news by June 1, and it will be shared in the June 17 Member News.

Alternate ROOTS Facebook Group: If you want to share something on a shorter time frame, please join the private ROOTS members Facebook group where you can share your news with over 500 ROOTers in real time

Alternate ROOTS Instagram Repost:

      1. Send a Direct Message (DM) with your graphic (JPG) to @alternateroots on Instagram. 
      2. Please include your name as it appears in your membership profile.
      3. We will add your graphic to our stories, and tag your Instagram handle.
      4. Please give the Communications Team 2-5 business days to post.
      5. Feel free to tag us in posts or stories, however if you want to be included in  @alternateroots (on Instagram) stories you must DM us.



————————————-Office Hours at ROOTS 


Operations Team Office Hours

The Operations Team provides the resources that staff members and teams need to perform their duties, and ensure that our organization is complying with legal and financial requirements on our road to fulfilling our mission. We are responsible for:

      • Human Resources
      • Legal & Finance Compliance
      • Budget Management
      • Providing Resources for Staff

Office Hours: Thursdays from 12 – 1pm ET
404-577-1079 #301
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Cultural Organizing Team Office Hours

The Cultural Organizing Team maintains in-person and virtual relationships with existing members and partner organizations across 14 states by hosting ROOTS Week, ROOTS Weekends, Porch Sits, Coffee Pop-Ups, Phone Calls, Emails, and Zoom Sessions.

      • CO Team sits on the Governance Council of Southern Movement Assembly, is a lead partner in the Southern Power Fund, a partner organization of the Intercultural Leadership Institute, and represents ROOTS’ in the field via ROOTS’ Justice Advocacy Fellow who serves as a pipeline to the organizing efforts of our members.
      • We manage year-round programming for the Intercultural Leadership Institute and support member-led work groups across various stages of development (e.g. YOOTS, UpROOTing Ableism, Gender Equity, Indigenous Working Circle, Heal/Teal, etc.)

Office Hours: Mondays from 11:30am – 1:30pm ET
(404) 975-1856
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Membership Team Office Hours

During office hours, the Membership team can be reached by phone to answer any questions and assist with any membership matters.

Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday: 11am – 2pm ET
(404) 577-1079 EXT. 302
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Communications Team Office Hours

Want to reach out to a Communications staff person?

Office Hours: Thursday: 9am – 11am ET
(404) 577-1079 EXT. 303
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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.