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


During May Membership Mayhem, the Membership Team will introduce or reacquaint the Membership body of Alternate ROOTS with their work in service of the Members. We encourage Members to stay connected, aware, knowledgeable, and engaged.

May Membership Mayhem: Plan a Rhizome or Connect Virtually!

As we celebrate members and engage members virtually in May, we also encourage members to host their own gatherings with local ROOTers through our Member Rhizome Events. A Rhizome can take many shapes: a small discussion, a dinner or potluck, a workshop – whatever you want. ROOTS is a coalition of artist-activists, organizers, and cultural bearers across 14 southern states and DC. Host an in-person Rhizome to reconnect and meet your folks locally in order to keep ROOTS thriving across the south!

To host a MAY Rhizome gathering, simply email with “May Mayhem Rhizome Request” in the subject line and we will get back to you with details!

  • 5/1: May Member Rhizome Campaign kicks off: as we celebrate and engage members in May (mostly virtually), we also encourage hosting local Member Rhizome Events. These gatherings can be anything from discussions to dinners or workshops. Let’s keep ROOTS thriving across the South by reconnecting locally!To host a Rhizome, simply email with “May Mayhem Rhizome Request” in the subject line. (Additional details will be shared once received)
  • ROOTS Week Work Group: Wednesday, May 1 & Thursday, May 2
    Join us for the next ROOTS Week Work Group meeting during May Membership mayhem. Whether you’re interested in joining the planning process or have questions about presenting your work at ROOTS Week, these sessions are for you! Applications to present will open soon, and we’re here to answer your questions. These two upcoming meetings will be giving out the same information. You do not need to attend both.

——-Wednesday, May 1 5:30pm ET
Register HERE

——-Thursday, May 2 12:00pm ET
——-Register HERE

  • Thursday May 2, 6:30pm ET: Membership Work Group
    The ROOTS Membership Work Group works closely with the Membership team to help review current practices and develop new initiatives for the ROOTS membership body. Open to all members. Register HERE.
  • 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.

King Shakur at He Gone Cry in the Car, February 2023.

  • 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. Register 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.



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.