ROOTS is Hiring! Full Time Accountant

  Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group of artists, and cultural organizers based in the U.S. South, creating a better world together. As

40 Magnificent Feet of Visibility: Creative Placemaking in Tampa, Florida

Detail of the mural “Painting Ourselves Visible” mural by Aya Tarek. Photo by Ameena Khan.   September 2021 | Nicole Garneau   “Painting Ourselves Visible” seeks to celebrate and increase the visibility of Arab, Middle Eastern/North African (MENA), and Muslim


L-R Kam Kelly, LaQuita Marie Staten, workshop participant, and Corey The Talented Blind Guy leading the 757 Unity Drum Circle, June 2020. Photo by Karen Pino.   September 2021 | LaQuita Marie Staten   What do you get when you


SoulCenter participant Ekio with Dr. Shanya Cordis. Photo by SoulCenter Fellowship Alum, Marcus Hughes, The Riff, 2019.   September 2021 | Shanya Cordis   The vision to create SoulCenter came to Erin Michelle Washington, Founder and lead Waymaker, in successive


September 2021 | Jennifer Oladipo   See members of the Lumbee tribe sitting together: sharing stories; sharing a practice; sharing space; sharing breath. I’ts the first weekend in July 2021: Lumbee homecoming weekend in Pembroke, NC, and it’s one of


Ancient Chinese and modern-day American social justice heroes come together to defeat universal threats to humankind in the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company’s original piece “Together,” co-choreographed by Kerry Lee (Chinese dance) and AJ Paug (hip hop). Video stills from the


2018 ROOTS Week UpROOTing Oppressions. Photo by Melisa Cardona   A continuación en español.   Welcome to the 2021 model of Alternate ROOTS’ very own organically grown, custom-made anti-racism/anti-oppression workshop series. ROOTS has a long history of anti-racist and anti-oppression

Michelle Ramos

MICHELLE RAMOS she/her/hers Vision Keeper [Executive Director] Dr. Michelle Ramos brings a deep and incredibly robust diversity of experience to role as Executive Director of Alternate Roots. Her background includes most recently working in criminal justice reform as Project


Wendy she/her/hers Professional Auntie [Cultural Organizing Director] The Programs Director executes the overall management, design, implementation, administration and evaluation of ROOTS Week and ROOT S Weekends, and our regranting program, Artistic Assistance. ROOTS Week is Alternate ROOTS’ signature event

Paige Heurtin


Paige Heurtin she/her/hers Caretaker, Peacemaker & Implementer [Operations Director] Paige is the leader of the Operations team, and sees her role with ROOTS as providing a firm and sturdy foundation for ROOTS’ programs work. Paige’s main responsibilities are managing

Nicole Gurgel-Seefeldt

Nicole Gurgel-Seefelt she/her/hers Communications Orchestrator & Story Strategist [Communications Director] As the Communications Manager, Nicole implements the strategy for all internal and external communications. Working closely with Programs and

Mel Cardona

MEL CARDONA they/them/theirs & she/her/hers Platforms Whisperer & Visual Story Alchemist [Communications Specialist] Mel is a first generation queer Latinx self-taught artivist who grew up between Atlanta, GA and her parents native land of Colombia. They cut their teeth

Aimee McCoy

Aimee McCoy she/her/hers Oracle of Synthesis [Director of Membership Services] Aimee McCoy is Co-founder of The Artizen Company (TAC), a theater and film company based in Georgia. Since 2013, she has served as managing director and co-artistic director, regularly

Clarissa Crawford

Clarissa Crawford she/her/hers Partnerships & Process Road Opener [Director of Strategic Partnerships] Clarissa is a producer who facilitates creative processes by curating content, opportunities, and access to resources for artists. She is also a seasoned project manager who has

Nathalie Nia

NATHALIE NIA they/them/theirs & she/her/hers Mistress of Cultural Exuberance and Pleasantries [Cultural Organizing Programs Coordinator] Nathalie Nia (they/them she/her) born in Louisiana and living in for the last eight years, is a self described Ebony Southern Belle! Their work

Marina Dias Lujan

Marina Dias Lujan she/her/hers [Executive Assistant] Marina is the new Executive Assistant, she is a bridge-builder, pathfinder, and puzzle solver. With a background working for international non-profits in the humanitarian field, Marina’s journey has taken her to very interesting

Zaid Hameed

Zaid Hameed he/him/his [Membership Services Associate] Zaid Hameed (He/Him) is the new Membership Services Associate. A spoken-word poet born and raised in East St. Louis, Illinois relocating to Atlanta, Georgia; Zaid graduated from East St. Louis Senior High in

Now Hiring: Development Associate (Part-Time)

  Wednesday, March 31 2021 | ROOTS Staff    Development Associate JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES   Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group of

ROOTS Week 2021 Call For Proposals

ROOTS Week 2018. Photo by Melisa Cardona.   March 23, 2021 Virtual ROOTS Week Southern Soil: Collective Liberation in Harmony with the Land Tuesday, August 3-Sunday, August 8, 2021 Call for Proposals Due April 20, 2021  During this time of

Save the Date for ROOTS Weekend and ROOTS Week 2021

March 23, 2021   En Español continuación   Virtual ROOTS Weekend Southern Soil: Collective Learning in Harmony with the Land Friday May 14-Sunday, May 16, 2021 Save the Date! We will be holding our first-ever VIRTUAL ROOTS Weekend, Friday, May

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.