ROOTS Weekend: Jacksonville

ROOTS Weekend: Jacksonville
Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31, 2019
Jacksonville, FL

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ROOTS Weekend is coming to Jacksonville, FL, March 29-31, 2019!

ROOTS Weekend: Jacksonville brings together artists and cultural workers, organizers and activists to engage in deep dialogue, make and witness art, and learn from one another. A condensed version of ROOTS Week, our signature gathering, these three-day convenings get ROOTS out in the field, connecting in our members’ home communities. They bring artists, organizers, and cultural workers together to share ideas and inspiration through performance, visual art, workshops, dialogues, and good conversations had over good food!

ROOTS Weekends deepen our collective understanding of the work of social change by celebrating artists and organizers who are working within communities to develop creative solutions to long-standing issues.


Friday, March 29

10am-12pm: On the Fringe, Exhibition & Discussion @ JAX Makerspace Gallery, Jacksonville Public Library

12-2pm: Lunch on Your Own

2-4pm: Sacred Layers @ Yellow House
The Sanctuaries

4-5pm: Dinner on Your Own

5-7pm: Toiling the Seeds of Change: Our History, Our Present, Our Future @ Yellow House
Rodney Hurst, Jimmy Midyette, Adonnica Toler, Christina Kittle
Moderator: Hope McMath

7:15-8:15pm: Excursion: Riverside Fine Arts Association @ Riverside Fine Arts Association
Erin Kendrick

Saturday, March 30

9am: Coffee & Pastries @ CoRK Arts District

9:30am: Welcome

9:30am-6:00pm: UpROOTing Racism and Undoing All Forms of Oppression 
Facilitators: Shavone Steele, Harold Steward, Keryl McCord, Nicole Garneau

Sparks, Inspirations & Achievements – Recollections, Celebrations & Moving Forward
Phyllis Free

Drum Sermons: Folktales, Legends, and Myths, from the Far Corners of Africa
Orisirisi African Folklore

6-7:30pm: Dinner on Your Own

7:30-9pm: Film & Spoken Word Performance @ BABS’LAB

Sunday, March 31

8:30am: Coffee & Pastries @ CoRK Arts District

9-10am: Closing Conversation

10:15-11:45am: What’s Next? Soulful Non-closing

12-1pm: Juggling Silliness & Foolery
Toni Shifalo

1pm: Boxed lunch provided


603 King Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

CoRK Arts District
2689 Rosselle Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Jax Makerspace Gallery
First Floor, Main Library
Jacksonville Public Library
303 Laura Street North
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Riverside Fine Arts Association
1100 Stockton Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Yellow House
577 King Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204


Rides & Lodging Share Group

Have an extra seat in your car? Need a ride? Looking to split a room? Live in Jacksonville and willing to host an out-of-towner? Join our Ride & Lodging Share Facebook group, and share all of your ROOTS Weekend: Jacksonville community needs/offerings! ROOTS is a village, and so is this Facebook Group – we encourage all ROOTers to be active in voicing and meeting the travel/housing needs of our community. We can’t guarantee that every need will be filled, but we trust that our collective community will do our best to respond!

Getting Around Jacksonville

Ground transportation will NOT be provided throughout the weekend. We encourage folks to use rideshare services, or join the ROOTS Ride & Lodging Share Facebook group and connect with folks who will be attending ROOTS Weekend: Jacksonville.

Local Airport

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
2400 Yankee Clipper Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32218

ROOTS Weekend Hotel

Lexington Hotel & Conference Center
Jacksonville Riverwalk
1515 Prudential Dr,
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Parking is available at the hotel. $10 for self-parking and $15 for valet.


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The ROOTS Weekend Series is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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.