ROOTS Week 2023: A Time to Connect

ROOTS Week 2019. Photo by Melisa Cardona.




———-ROOTS Week 2023: A Time to Connnect
———-Tuesday, August 8 – Sunday, August 13
———-Lutheridge Conference Center, Arden, NC

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ROOTS Week 2023 welcomes artists and activists back to the beloved weeklong retreat at Lutheridge Conference Center in North Carolina after a 4-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We gather in August to make community and make space for all that we bring as justice-loving cultural workers.

Over 47 years of Alternate ROOTS’ history, this annual gathering has included art sharing and making, critical and engaging conversations, singing, dancing, the organization’s Annual Business Meeting, and late-night shenanigans!

We will sing together, and hear hundreds of voices reverberate off the trees.

We will share and witness the art we have been making. We may give and receive hugs. We may dance until dawn. We may lead discussions. We may listen and absorb. We will strengthen bonds that have weakened over the years, and build new ones. We will mourn our losses, and celebrate our resilience, surrounded by the ancient mountains of Appalachia.

At ROOTS Week 2023 we will connect deeply again – together in unison as we have done for close to 50 years; we will be together. We will reconnect in all the ways we know, and find new ways.

COVID Protocols at ROOTS Week

We’re asking all ROOTS Week participants to please review our full COVID protocol HERE. Below are two key aspects of it:

Daily Testing: To maintain the safety of our community, we are asking everyone who comes to ROOTS Week to take a daily COVID test and submit a Daily Wellness Form before they share space with others. ROOTS staff will check these each morning and follow up as necessary.

Masks: Masks are highly encouraged, particularly in the all-member sessions like Annual Business Meeting and performances in the Faith Center. This decision was made with great care and deliberation with input from the ROOTS Week Work Group, Uprooting Ableism Work Group, and other stakeholders. We invite you to direct any questions or concerns about this to

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.