Tyler McDaniel

Tyler McDaniel


Development Associate


With a curiosity of culture Tyler McDaniel uses his tools as a filmmaker, artist, and public historian to amplify already present voices and stories. Born and raised in Kentucky, within the Ohio River Valley, he developed an affinity for the lesser-known histories and culture embedded in both the built environment and stories passed down around him. With a BA in Media Production from Morehead State University and a Masters in Heritage Studies and Public History from the University of Minnesota, he has explored cultural oddities and socio-political systems through both rural and urban lenses. Combining these interests with place making strategies his work encourages communities to rethink their relationship to place, by celebrating their unique cultural assets while examining broader systems at play. Within this approach, he develops projects that explore historical inequities as a means of exposing their impacts on the present.


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.