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 the pandemic, many of us have turned to the land to sustain and ground us. In the midst of growing climate crises, many of us are growing the ways we honor the land and the Indigenous people that steward it. This year’s theme, Southern Soil: Collective Liberation in Harmony with the Land focuses our attention on the land and the artistic/organizing practices that can deepen our relationship with it. Collectively, we will grow our understanding of the intersections of climate and racial justice, Indigenous Rights, migration, gentrification, agriculture, and food access.

Together, we will explore ways to connect with nature and embrace sustainability for the planet – human, social, economic, and environmental. Intergenerational leaders will guide us in participatory healing practices and paying homage to those that came before us. Our focus on Southern Soil will help us deepen our analysis of where we are and where we want to be.

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

  • Performances
  • Films
  • Visual Arts Exhibition or Presentations
  • Presentations/Conversations
  • Workshops
  • 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, TGNCNBI2-S (Transgender, Non-Conforming, Nonbinary, Intersex, and 2 Spirit), Indigenous and Native American, Latinx, and disability communities in the South. Preference will be given to proposals centered around and created by members of these communities.

If you have a programming proposal, please fill out the following Proposal Form by Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Questions? Contact indee mitchell, Thank you for your interest in this work –  we look forward to hearing from you!

To submit a proposal in Spanish, please email

New to ROOTS? We suggest that you read about our mission, history, and region before applying! Want to join as a member? Learn all about that here

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.
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.