Tag: ROOTS Week

Hollerin’ into the Space: Reflections on ROOTS Week 2016

The Hollerin’ Space Installation by Muthi Reed and Angela Davis Johnson. Photo by: Melisa Cardona By Ron Ragin | September 27, 2016 I’ve always leaned into the retreat element of ROOTS Week. Gathering with this extended family is (perhaps ironically)

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The Voices Pour Down: Our Theater ROOTS during the 40th Reunion

Founding members of Alternate ROOTS. Photo by: Melisa Cardona By Ashley Sparks | September 19, 2016 The late seventies and early 80s were seminal for U.S. theater history – especially southern theater history. In June 1976, a dynamic mix of

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ROOTS Week 2015: A Preview

We are pleased, proud, and excited to announce the incredible artists, culture-bearers, organizers, activists, and scholars who will share their work with us at ROOTS Week under the banner, A Call to Action: Transformation. Within this theme, we’ll be focusing

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Reimagining ROOTS Week

A.R. SS Transformation X1 by Ariston Jacks (Little Rock, AR & Baltimore, MD) Article by Carlton Turner, Alternate ROOTS Executive Director (Utica, MS) ROOTS has had an amazing winter. We reorganized our staff structure and welcomed three new staff members, as

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Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Visual Arts Scholars

Attention all general and voting members: Do you know a Visual Artist working for social change? If so, we encourage you to nominate them as a 2015 Visual Arts Scholar! Alternate ROOTS is pleased to extend a call for nominations

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Alternate ROOTS seeks a dynamic and visionary Visual Arts Coordinator for ROOTS Week. Thanks to continued support from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, ROOTS is able to dedicate time and energy to the cultivation of service to its visual arts members

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Aesthetics is a Verb: The Aesthetics and Documentation Learning Exchange, Transcribed

By Nicole Gurgel (Albuquerque, NM) This past ROOTS Week, several members facilitated a Learning Exchange on Aesthetics and Documentation, extending AlternateROOTS’ yearlong investigation into aesthetics as a concept and a practice. The panel was facilitated by Bob Leonard and Jan

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Living in the Call & Response

Article by Cristal Chanelle Truscott (Houston, TX); Photo by Melisa Cardona (New Orleans, LA) Weeks later…the pulse of ROOTS Week still tenaciously lingers, the healing of ROOTS Space still soothes, the hope of ROOTS Souls still promising something more, the call

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Bring Your Mother to ROOTS: A Testimonial

Article & Photo by Nicole Garneau (Chicago, IL) My mother, Bonnie, came with me to ROOTS Week for the second time this year. She had a great time singing in the Impromptu Glorious Chorus, watching performances, taking swims, reading books,

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Holding Space: An Act of Service

Article by Joseph Thomas (Atlanta, GA) Working in the registration office, I witnessed all sorts of people arrive at ROOTS Week, carrying all sorts of equipment, instruments, paintings, photographs, journals. Some entered into a familiar space, dashing into the room

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ROOTS Lounge: ROOTS Week Preview!

On Wednesday, July 9 at 7:00p Eastern, a team of our core leadership for ROOTS Week 2014 will host a ROOTS Lounge just for you.  Find out about: awesome new performances skill building, thought-proving learning exchanges how much time will

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Honoring Each Other Through Our Work

By Rasha Abdulhadi, ROOTS Week Work Co-op Coordinator As cultural organizers, ROOTS members can recognize that how we work together is part of our culture. This includes the culture of our work together at ROOTS Week. To live our values,

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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.