ROOTS Week 2019 Call For Proposals

ROOTS Week 2019
Alternate ROOTS’ 43rd Annual Meeting & Artists’ Retreat
Tuesday, August 6 – Sunday, August 11, 2019
Lutheridge Conference Center; Arden, NC (near Asheville)

ROOTS Week Annual Meeting & Artists’ Retreat is a one-of-a-kind gathering – six days of performances, art and organizing workshops, UpROOTing Oppressions sessions, visual art exhibitions, our famous Late Night cabarets, and ROOTS’ annual business meeting, in a retreat-like setting in the mountains of North Carolina. Artists, cultural organizers, and their families come from across the South (and beyond!), joining an ever-growing, ever-changing coalition of people committed to building a just world through arts, community, and activism.

This year, we’re turning our attention towards Class and Power, in response to a conversation that opened up at ROOTS Week 2018. Because this started as a conversation, we’ll be continuing in that spirit – approaching this theme as an open, iterative dialogue among our community of artists and activists. There are multiple pathways into this conversation, and this call for proposals is one of them! We want to hear what you are working on that relates to Class and Power.

Around this theme, we are seeking the following types of proposals:

  • Performances
  • Films
  • Visual Arts Exhibition or Presentations
  • Presentations/Conversations
  • Workshops & Master Classes
  • And more! What creative form does your art-infused activism and activism-infused art come in?

As part of our current strategic plan, created with member input, ROOTS seeks to support increased participation of youth, trans/two spirit/gender non-conforming people of color, Indigenous and Native American, Latinx, and Asian/Pacific Islander communities in the South. Preference will be given to proposals centered around and created by members of these communities.

Also: our UpROOTing Racism and Undoing Oppressions sessions will be developed and facilitated by a team of ROOTS members. Proposals that align with the UpROOTing Racism and Undoing Oppressions work may be curated into this track.

If you have a programming proposal, please fill out the following Proposal Form by Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5pm EST. Questions? Contact Clarissa Crawford, Programs Associate at or 404-577-1079. Thank you for your interest in this work –  we look forward to hearing from you!


Please note: In order to assist with the curatorial process, we encourage you to submit at least one work sample that is reflective of the proposed programming.

Work Samples: Work samples should be submitted as a Google document or URL.

  • Please save the document with your First and Last Name, and a description of the work sample (e.g. Janet Johnson Spoken Word Performance).
  • URLs: You can link your website, YouTube, SoundCloud, or other web platforms that contain examples of your work. If submitting a web-based work sample, please paste the URLs as hyperlinks in a Google document.

Length: Please keep these short! Think quality over quantity.

  • Written samples should be limited to 3 pages maximum and submitted as a Google document.
  • Limit audio and video samples to 5 minutes. A few clips no longer than one minute is even better.
  • If your sample is longer, include instructions that point reviewers to the minute and second where you’d like them to begin with notes about what they should pay attention to in particular.

New to ROOTS? We suggest that you read about our mission, history, and region before applying!

2019 ROOTS Week Call for Proposals

100 word limit. If selected for ROOTS Week, this information will be included in the ROOTS Week program book.

To learn more about Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process, click here:

125 word limit. If selected for ROOTS Week, this information will be included in the ROOTS Week program book.

We are looking for performances that are approximately 15-30 minutes and workshops that are 60-90 minutes.

ROOTS will offer limited technical capabilities for performances.

Please paste a link to your work sample here. See above for more information on work sample length and format.

Please provide a high-res (300 dpi) photograph to be used in the program book.

25MB max


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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.