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April 3, 2023 | Member News

ROOTS Weekend: Whitakers, NC, Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2023

Alternate ROOTS membership team went on a 14 – city tour interviewing members and the #1 desire of members was to connect with other ROOTS members.

We understand the power in joining together and showing up as members and artists committed to social justice and a better world.

Come CONNECT with other ROOTers on the sacred historical 80 acres of Franklinton Center at Bricks, where we will lodge, hold workshops and simply be – all in one central location.

Registration Details: Join us!


Artistic Assistance Professional Development Applications Now Open! 

Artistic Assistance: Professional Development applications are now open, and are due: Friday, April 28, 2023 at 5pm ET.

Grants of $250-$2,500 can be used to build professional and administrative capacity, hone artistic skills, and make your practice more sustainable.

For example, Artistic Assistance: Professional Development can be used to attend a conference or festival; connect with a mentor; purchase equipment; or dive into a new discipline.

Find all the information about how to apply HERE.


Alternate ROOTS Launches Rebrand/Redesign Process because “WE MUST SHINE!”

ROOTS latest Strategic Plan says, “We must shine. We have a wealth of intergenerational knowledge held within our membership. We are doing amazing work that the world needs to know about.”

To this end, ROOTS is embarking on a 14-month process of rebranding and redesigning our website, logo, and all of our communications. This process will be led by SoulCenter, “a community and design studio at the intersection of BlkArts and innovation.” SoulCenter is led by ROOTS members and was a part of the 2020 Partners in Action cohort. Read more about SoulCenter’s vision of waymaking in the South on the ROOTS blog!

ROOTS member participation will be absolutely essential to this process. Members, staff, and ExComm are invited and encouraged to participate via regular workshops held by the SoulCenter team (dates forthcoming). We are also seeking 5 members to join the Design Advisory Circle, which will work closely with the SoulCenter and Communications team throughout the process.


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Join the ROOTS Week Work Group: First Meeting TOMORROW!

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 seems like something you might be interested in, come to our first meeting on Tuesday, April 4th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm ET/ 5:30-6:30 pm CT. To receive the Zoom link, email: rootsweek@alternateroots.org.

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:

  • Wednesday, April 5
  • Wednesday, May 3

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

We encourage members to read the minutes to stay current with the work of the ExComm and staff. If you have any issues accessing ExComm documents, please reach out to marina@alternateroots.org.

ROOTS 50th Anniversary Work Group 

The 50th Anniversary Work Group has begun to meet, but you can still join us!

This team meets monthly to discuss, dream, and plan how to celebrate ROOTS’ 50th Anniversary and how to invest our funds in light of this milestone. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month from 3:30pm-5 pm ET / 2:30-4pm CT.

Bonus: participants will receive a modest stipend. 

To join, email Operations Manager, Marina Dias Lujan at marina@alternateroots.org

Finance Work Group Meetings

The Finance Work Group meets quarterly on the last Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6:00 pm ET / 3:30-5 pm CT to assist with governance and policy decisions around the finances of the organization.

Do you ever have a finance question that you are afraid to ask?

If so, come to our next meeting where we’ll be discussing Quarter 1/2023 Financial Statements:

Wednesday, April 26

4:30-6:00 pm ET / 3:30-5pm CT

Join the meeting HERE.


—————————–        —Opportunities from the Field


Apply for 2023 Azule Art Residency Now!

As an emerging community-based organization, Azule has developed a residency program for performers, writers, architects, builders, musicians, and artists of all types. Located on 35 rural acres in Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, our facility is the result of decades of work by local craftsmen, using predominantly locally harvested or reused materials and constructed with traditional techniques. For more information and to apply use this link.

Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, California seeks its next Artistic Director, who will be only the third artist to hold this position since the company’s founding in 1986. Cornerstone is an ensemble-based company operating with a consensus model of decision-making, and in its 36 year history has forged a responsive operational and creative model that has enabled the company to generate work across the country, from its home base in Los Angeles to the homelands of Indigenous communities in the Northern Plains to Queens, New York, and work internationally as well.  For more information and to apply click here. 

Mandel Institute is launching a new Cultural Leadership Program for artists and cultural producers who aim to reimagine Jewish life and galvanize social action through their creative work. This two-year fellowship includes an educational program and $40k stipend to advance a project. The institute is forming it first ever cohort. To apply use this link. 

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.