Seven Ways to Connect: May Member News

Welcome to these new Alternate ROOTS members who joined last month!



In This Issue: 

Are You Craving CONNECTION? 

Then join us for ROOTS Weekend: Whitakers, NC – Friday, May 19-Sunday, May 21, 2023!

This is an opportunity to reconnect in person with other ROOTS folks. We will gather at the Franklinton Center at Bricks, an 80-acre retreat center in beautiful Eastern North Carolina. Among the abundant spring-blooming magnolia trees on the Bricks campus, we will lodge, hold workshops, share in artmaking, and just be together.

Check out the full line up of presenters and register today!


Are You Curious About ROOTS’ Rebrand/Redesign Project? 

Rebrand/Redesign Workshop for Members: Tuesday, May 23 at 6pm Eastern

All Alternate ROOTS members are welcome to meet the SoulCenter team that is working with us to co-lead the Website and iconography redesign. You will meet the full design team and learn more about the process, timeline, and dreams!

Register HERE. So excited to have you be inside of this process.


Are You READY for ROOTS Week? Registration Opens May 24!

Mark your calendars! Members-only ROOTS Week registration runs Wednesday, May 24-Friday, June 2.

We anticipate tickets will go fast for this one-of-a-kind gathering – especially because it will be held at Lutheridge Conference Center for the first time since 2019.

Six days of performances, art and organizing workshops, UpROOTing Oppressions sessions, visual art exhibitions, our famous Late Night cabarets, and ROOTS’ annual business meeting – all in the mountains of North Carolina.

We hope you’ll join us!

ROOTS Week Artists Retreat & Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 8-Sunday, August 13

Lutheridge Conference Center

Arden, NC

Members-only registration: Wednesday, May 24-Friday, June 2


Get Involved, Get Connected


A Rhizome Challenge from ATL Area ROOTers

Greetings! The Atlanta-area ROOTers are getting all tingly about the prospects of gathering again at ROOTS Week in August.  We’ve been apart for nearly three years, and more ROOTers are in our circle now, so we know it’ll be a challenge to connect and reconnect in our short time together. So we’re meeting that challenge with another challenge!

We (the Atlanta-area ROOTers) are planning THREE Rhizome get-togethers over the summer:  May, June, and July. We feel that this will give us time and space to begin to re-knit our fabric of community, and we CHALLENGE you to join us! Start your own Rhizome and get a jump-start on the networking that happens at ROOTS Week. A Rhizome can be initiated by any member, and there’s money (up to $250) to support it – rent, food, honoraria, etc.

Who’s up to meet our challenge? Apply to host a Rhizome here.

A Rhizome Invitation to ATL Area ROOTERS

Calling all Atlanta Area ROOTers! There will be three opportunities for Atlanta-area ROOTers (and their friends) to gather in person this spring/summer. We hope to meet each other again (or for the first time) to reconnect prior to ROOTS Week – we want to get a jump on making personal contact, sharing our stories and talking about ROOTS and its values. Plan to attend one (or all!) of these free gatherings:

  • Saturday, May 13, 11am -1pm at Beacon Dance: 1272 Murphy Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, hosted by Patton White
  • Saturday, June 24, 11am -1pm at the ArtsXchange: 2148 Newnan St, East Point 30344, hosted by Marquetta Dupree and Kathie deNobriga
  • Wednesday, July 12, 7:30pm at No Tomorrow in Underground Atlanta: 50 Upper Alabama St. 30303, hosted by Priscilla Smith

Food will be served (of course!), and if you’re on the ATL list, you’ll get a little agenda in advance. We’d love to see ya!

Join the ROOTS Week Work Group

ROOTS Week 2023 is just around the corner, and we need members’ help to organize this signature event. This Work Group works with staff to plan and execute ROOTS Week, meeting as needed throughout the year, with more frequent meetings held in the months leading up to ROOTS Week. If this is something you might be interested in email:

Executive Committee (ExComm) Meetings 

All members are invited to attend ExComm Meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of the month from 5-6:30 pm ET / 4-5:30 CT. Join the meeting here. 

Next meeting dates are:

  • Virtual: Wednesday, May 3, 5-6:30pm ET / 4-5:30pm CT
  • Face-to-Face: Saturday, June 3, 10am-5pm ET, at the ArtsXchange in Atlanta, GA. Members are welcome to attend either in person or virtually. Please RSVP here. 
  • Virtual: Wednesday, June 6,  5-6:30pm ET / 4-5:30pm CT

All approved ExComm minute meetings are available HERE, recently added:

Please read the minutes to stay current with the work of the ExComm and staff. If you have any issues accessing ExComm documents, can help you.


Opportunities from the Field


You have one more chance to join long time ROOTer Elise Witt & Gayanne Geurin for this beautiful workshop to connect with music, land, water, and one another.

Singing the Inspiration of Eastern Shore MD

with Elise Witt & Gayanne Geurin

June 1-4, 2023

More information & registration HERE

The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant supports emerging and established writers who write about contemporary visual art. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories – articles, books, and short-form writing – the grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies. The program also supports art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods and experiments with literary styles. As long as a writer meets the eligibility and publishing requirements, they can apply. The application is open April 12–May 17, 2023.


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.