ROOTS Weekend-Richmond

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

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Overview Schedule of Events

Travel and Lodging

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.

ROOTS Weekend-Richmond brings together artists, cultural workers, formerly incarcerated people and their families, law enforcement, criminal justice workers, faith communities, reformers, and abolitionists, to engage in deep dialogue, make art together, and learn from one another. Exploring the prison system broadly – from its roots in colonization and slavery, to its impact on communities of color, low income communities, young people, LGBTQ folks, and immigrants – we share strategies that bring about its end while building strength, health, and safety in communities most impacted by incarceration. The ArtChangeUS REMAP* is a pre-conference to ROOTS Weekend-Richmond. ROOTS Weekend-Richmond will include learning arcs focused on juvenile justice, immigrant detention, and the adult prison system. Leading up to the event, attendees will be invited to join a book study of Incarceration Nations written by Baz Dreisinger, led by SpiritHouse.

ROOTS Weekends are a condensed version of ROOTS Week, our signature gathering. These three-day convenings bring artists, organizers, and cultural workers together to build community, and share work through performance, visual arts, workshops, and dialogues. 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.

*ArtChangeUS REMAP: Richmond will bring together activists, artists and changemakers at the University of Richmond Downtown. In conjunction with ROOTS Weekend-Richmond: Creating a World Without Prisons (April 20-23), the convening will elevate ideas, voices, and collective action taking place nationally addressing the systems of youth and adult incarceration, and immigrant detention. Click here to register and read more about the programming for ArtChangeUS REMAP: Richmond.


Thursday, April 20

12-4 pm: ArtChangeUS REMAP Pre-Conference to ROOTS Weekend-Richmond @ University of Richmond-Downtown (626 E Broad Street, Suite 100) – Paid parking available across Broad St. and on 6th St. If you are a ROOTS member and need assistance with the parking fee, please bring your ticket/receipt to the registration table, and ROOTS can reimburse you. 

7-10 pm: KickOff Party and Gallery Opening @ ART 180 (114 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220) – Street parking available.

The KickOff Party is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 21

10 am-12:30 pm: ArtChangeUS REMAP Continues at ROOTS Weekend-Richmond@ Diversity Center (1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220) – Free parking on site

12:30 pm: Community Lunch

1:30-5 pm: Learning Exchanges, Workshops, and Art Sharings @ Diversity Center (1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220)

6:30-8:30 pm: Special Invite to ROOTS Weekend Attendees – Inventing ICA: Artist Perspective with Paul Rucker @ Virginia Commonwealth University (1000 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA23220. Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107) –Parking available at VCU’s Main Street lot: 801 West Main Street.

Saturday, April 22

1 -4 pm: Untold RVA (Richmond, VA) Guided Tour: Exploring the History of Slavery and Mass Incarceration  

7-9:30 pm: ROOTS Lounge Live @ The Hippodrome (528 N 2nd St, Richmond, VA 23219) – Parking available across the street; Look for the RW/E-Richmond sign!

Sunday, April 23

10 am-1 pm: Closing Workshops and Community Lunch @ ART 180 (114 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220) – Street parking available.

Travel and Lodging

ROOTS Weekend Hotels and Group Rates

Courtyard Richmond West
6400 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230

This hotel is fully ADA accessible.

Click here to book your with the ROOTS group rate. Last day to book: March 28, 2017.

Linden Row Inn
100 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
$119 and $139/night

This hotel is wheelchair friendly, but NOT fully ADA accessible.

To reserve a room at the group rate:

  1. Go to
  2. Select your arrival and departure dates and number of adults
  3. Enter the following access code: ARGB

Other Lodging Options

HI Richmond Hostel
7 North Second Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Local Airports

Richmond International Airport
1 Richard E Byrd Terminal Dr,
Richmond, VA 23250



The Megabus stop for all arrivals and departures is located at the Richmond Travel plaza on E Main St. across the street from the Main Street Station.

Rideshare/Lodging Share Message Board

Have an extra seat in your caravan? Need a ride? Looking to split a room? Have a spare bedroom in Richmond, and willing to accommodate an out-of-towner? Join our Facebook Group, and share all of your ROOTS Weekend-Richmond community needs/offerings on our centralized message board.

Our Partners:


The ROOTS Weekend Series is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support for ROOTS Weekend-Richmond is provided by Robert Rauschenberg 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.