Welcome ExComm | Office Reflection Dates and Upcoming Meetings

New ExComm Members – photos courtesy of ExComm Members. 


In This Issue:


ROOTS Office Closed for Staff Reflection, December 16 – January 2 

Consistent with our annual tradition, the Alternate ROOTS office will temporarily close during the final two weeks of the year to facilitate our staff reflection period—a crucial component of our commitment to prioritizing our team’s wellbeing. This year, the office closure will commence on Saturday, December 16, 2023, and normal operations will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2024.


Welcome New ExComm Members 

Welcome to all the new members of Alternate ROOTS! We’re thrilled to have you join our community. Membership is the lifeblood of Alternate ROOTS, and it’s your passion and commitment that drive us toward our goal of achieving equality for all people through social justice.

Together, we can make a positive impact and create a more just and inclusive world. We look forward to working alongside each of you to advance our shared mission.

The Executive Committee, affectionately called “ExComm,” is your elected body of representatives who make decisions on behalf of the full board of directors of Alternate ROOTS, which includes 200+ voting members. ExComm meets by video call monthly throughout the year to address organizational needs, offer member feedback, and provide governance and strategic direction.

Welcome new members (At-Large Members):

  • Don Harrell (he/him) Winter Garden, FL
  • Corey Staten (he/him) Portsmouth, VA
  • Abigail Gomez (she/her/ella) Winchester, VA
  • Taylore Adams (she/her/they/them) Norfolk, VA
  • ShaLeigh Comeford (she/her) Rougemount, NC
  • Sara Green (she/her) New Orleans, LA

Returning members:

  • Chairperson – April Turner (she/her) | Charlotte, NC
  • President – Ace McColl (she/her) | Atlanta, GA
  • Treasurer – Priscilla Smith (she/her) | Atlanta, GA
  • Secretary – Sacil Armstrong (she/her) | Roanoke, VA
  • At-Large Member – Charmille Walter (she/her) | Hollywood, FL

Full bios and photos of the ExComm slate are available on our website.

Be sure to get involved with the ExComm meetings (See full meeting details below).


Apply for the Intercultural Leadership Institute

We are excited to announce the guidelines and application for the sixth cohort of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) , PA’I Foundation, Sipp Culture, First Alaskans Institute, and The International Association of Blacks in Dance.

As leaders of these organizations, we have grown together, built trust with one another over time, and developed a shared analysis of the need for a leadership program of, by and for the artists and culture bearers in our communities. ILI is the result of our collaborative effort and we invite you to spread the word and encourage great potential participants to submit interest in the Year 6 Cohort.

Applications are due January 12, 2024. Learn more and apply HERE.


—————————————-Get Involved, Get Connected


ExComm Meetings

All members are invited to attend ExComm Meetings. Beginning in January, these are held on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30 pm ET through the end of 2024.

Next meeting date is: Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 879 9511 8235
Passcode: 498552

All approved ExComm meeting minutes 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, marina@alternateroots.org can help you.

Membership Development Work Group

The ROOTS Membership Development Work Group works closely with the Membership team to help review current practices and develop new initiatives for the ROOTS membership body. This Work Group will dive deeply into how we “do” membership in response to ideas, concerns, and questions raised by many members.

If you are interested in joining this Work Group or want to learn more about what’s going on with all things ROOTS Membership, join the next call! All members are welcome! Please register at the links below:

Thursday, December 14, 6:30 pm ET
Register HERE

Membership Team Office Hours

The Membership Team is holding office hours every Tuesday and Thursday! During office hours, the Membership team can be reached by phone to answer any questions and assist with any membership matters.

Membership Team Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday: 11am – 2pm ET
(404) 577-1079 EXT. 302

Questions? Reach out to membership@alternateroots.org



—————————————-Opportunities in the Field



100 Thousand Poets for Change 2023

A poetry performance with Nathalie Nia Faulk, Ron Ragin, doris davenport and three others. Focus: personal accountability for environmental justice and worldwide misogynistic violence against wimmin (women). Live streamed on Nov. 18, 2023. Recording available:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpiritNate/videos/292254779803825
YouTube https://youtu.be/3ajGbuGOujc

Share News about your Art with the ROOTS Community!

To share your events and creations in the Member News, please fill out this form by the first day of the month: Submit news by January 1, and it will be shared in the January 15 Member News.

If you want to share something on a shorter time frame, please join the private ROOTS members Facebook group where you can share your news with over 500 ROOTers in real time!

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.