Spring/Summer 2017 Artistic Assistance Recipients

Mr. Leonard, Ayrika, and Mr. Kevin. Pieces in Ben Hamburger’s pop-up interactive art installation ‘Facing Change: Portraits and Narratives of the Shifting Cultural Landscape in East Baltimore’.

Alternate ROOTS is pleased to announce the recipients of the Spring/Summer 2017 rounds of Artistic Assistance. Grants were awarded to 31 individual artists and cultural workers in the South to enhance their skills, create unique projects, and build community, for a total of $77,538 in support.

Special Project Development Grants

Thanks to a generous anonymous donation at the end of 2017, we were able to award 7 additional Project Development grants to these individuals, who had applied in the Fall 2016 round.

Kelly Corcoran – Nashville, TN
Ben Hamburger – Baltimore, MD
Kesha McKey – New Orleans, LA
Ron Ragin – New Orleans, LA
Johanne Rahaman – Miami, FL
Sonia Osio Ron – Marietta, GA
Jessica Valoris – Washington D.C.
Professional Development

In 2017, with an eye toward staff capacity and efficiency, we are offering two rounds of Artistic Assistance grants – Professional Development in the spring, and Project Development in the fall.

Mitch Barrett – Berea, KY
Melisa Cardona – Atlanta, GA
Hope Clark – Chestertown, MD
Orion Cook – Atlanta, GA
Monique Davis – Jackson, MS
Rodrigo Dorfman – Durham, NC
Tae Eady – Stone Mountain, GA
Trina Fischer – Louisville, KY
Nicole Garneau – Big Hill, KY
Liza Garza – Atlanta, GA
Christine Gautreaux – Duluth, GA
Veronika Jackson – Decatur, GA
Jerry Jenkins – Jackson, MS
Ashley Minner – Baltimore, MD
Charmaine Minniefield – Decatur, GA
Billy Muñoz – San Antonio, TX
Tamiko Ambrose Murray – Asheville, NC
Rebecca Mwase – New Orleans, LA
LeSheia Oubre – Charleston, SC
Busi Peters – Houston, TX
Suzanne Richards – Germantown, MD
Lisa Shattuck – New Orleans, LA
José Torres-Tama – New Orleans, LA
Felipe Vargas – Von Ormy, TX
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.