ROOTS Week Youth Village

Photo: Melisa Cardona.

ROOTS Week is a family-friendly environment, and we encourage you to bring your children! This is a rare and valuable chance for youth to meet, learn from, and create original art with artists from around the country.

For children ages 5-13 we offer the ROOTS Week Youth Village. The Youth Village is a nurturing and creative environment rooted in collaborative community building. A licensed childcare provider will offer a variety of activities including art-making, creative play, and time for reading and reflection.

The Youth Village will be open from Wednesday-Saturday, between 9 AM-6 PM, with a break for lunch. Children will eat all meals with their parents or guardians. The Youth Village will not be open during evening performances or Late Night.

Children older than 13 are welcome to attend the general ROOTS Week programming including Learning Exchanges and performances. Parents and guardians of children bordering the age of 13 may decide to have their children participate in Youth Village activities if deemed appropriate. Babies and toddlers up to age 5 will be in the care of their parents or guardians, and we invite anyone with a child under 5 to bring them into all ROOTS Week spaces – movement spaces need to be family spaces, and we seek to practice that at ROOTS Week.

Youth Village participants are encouraged to bring the following:

  • Favorite Toy or Book
  • Swim Suit and Towel
  • Any special snacks if your child has dietary restrictions or allergies

If you have questions about this summer’s Youth Village, please contact Wendy Shenefelt at  

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.