ROOTS Weekend-Richmond: Call for Proposals

ROOTS Weekend-Richmond: Creating a World Without Prisons
April 20-23, 2017 | Richmond, VA

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ROOTS Weekend-Richmond – April 20-23, 2017 – is the fifth of six regional gatherings that Alternate ROOTS is convening throughout the South from 2015-2017. Through the theme of Creating a World Without Prisons, and in partnership with ArtChangeUSART 180, and RIHD, we take a close, critical look at the U.S. prison industrial complex – the largest system of incarceration in the world.

ROOTS Weekend-Richmond aims to lift up artist-activists who are working towards a world where prisons are a thing of the past. We are seeking programming around three programming arcs: Immigrant Detention, Adult Incarceration, and Juvenile Justice.

To learn more about ROOTS Weekend-Richmond, click here.

In putting this event together we want to hear from you. What are you working on that you would like to share? Who you would like to hear from? What would you like to see, to talk about? We invite proposals for performances, workshops, visual arts exhibitions, local excursions, and more. We also invite your programming ideas — whether you know of a local artist or activist we should reach out to or a method of community building that we might integrate into the weekend.

If you have ideas, or work to share, please fill out the following Proposal Form by Monday, January 23, 2016 at 5 pm EST. For questions, contact Wendy Shenefelt, Programs Manager, at 404-577-1079, or Thank you for your interest in this work — we look forward to hearing from you!

Work Sample of Proposed Programming

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. If the proposed work has been previously presented, please submit a sample that gives us a sense of it. If it has not, we ask that, when possible, you share previous work that is similar to what you are proposing.

Work Samples: Work samples must 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 point panelists to 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! Panels have limited time to review applications.

  • 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’ Mission Statement

Alternate ROOTS is an organization based in the Southern USA* whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition, or spirit. As a coalition of cultural workers we strive to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through its programs and services.

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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.