ROOTS Week 2020

Alison Kibbe performing body/s in question at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo by Melisa Cardona.

ROOTS Week 2020
Alternate ROOTS’ 44th Annual Meeting & Artists’ Retreat
                                                           Tuesday, August 4-Sunday, August 9, 2020                                                 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.

Our 2020 theme – The Fierce Urgency of Now – is inspired by these words from Dr. King’s 1967 speech, “Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence:”

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.

As we once again hear the beat of war drums, see the effects of poverty, mass incarceration, and environmental destruction, and move into a year that includes both a national election and a census, we at ROOTS know that we as artists and activists are now – and still – in a time of urgent need to activate ourselves and our communities.

As we did in 2019, we will spend the year exploring this theme, The Fierce Urgency of Now. 

We want to discuss issues that are important to the ROOTS community and share tools on how we can show up. How do we plug in through civic action, participatory democracy and political education? How are we actively involved in the decision-making processes that affect us? How are we using our art practice to show up, to be seen, to stand up and be counted?

We hope you’ll join us as we share strategies of how to amplify our art and action right here, right now in this critical time.

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.