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Alternate ROOTS’ Partners in Action supports cultural equity, social justice efforts

Proposals due Sept. 2. Alternate ROOTS is accepting applications for Partners in Action, a program that supports progressive activist artists working in grassroots communities throughout ROOTS’ 14-state region. ROOTS seeks applications from artists and their community partners in urban, suburban, and rural areas who together have identified specific actions, issues, challenges, activities, or opportunities that, with more support -- both human and material -- are ready to be activated. ROOTS' interest is to partner with cultural organizing projects in order to support efforts of cultural equity and social justice. Partners in Action projects receive various kinds of support, including technical assistance. Financial support ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 may be a component; not all projects selected will receive direct financial support. ROOTS offers several resources during the proposal development process, including conversations of intent, technical assistance calls, and proposal coaching. Preliminary proposals, which are reviewed by proposal coaches, are optional, but highly encouraged. Preliminary proposals are due Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. Final applications are due Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. Visit the Alternate ROOTS website for program details and information about the  three-phase application process. Related : Two Charleston organizations selected for 2015 Partners in Action cohort. About Alternate ROOTS Alternate ROOTS, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, 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.

Alternate ROOTS selects Charleston projects for new Partners in Action cohort

Two Charleston projects, “conNECKted” JEMAGWGA and Girls Rock Charleston After School Program, have been selected for Alternate ROOTS’ 2015 Partners in Action cohort, which works to illuminate cultural organizing as a tool for grassroots organization in communities. From September 2015 to April 2017, ROOTS is providing a combination of funding and technical and staff support based on the needs of each project. “conNECKted” JEMAGWGA will receive $5,000, and Girls Rock Charleston After School Program will receive $14,000. "conNECKted" (pictured above) is an art-in-community project centered on the human consequences of gentrification and New Urbanism. Propelled by a network of artists, activists, and community members, "conNECKted" aims to challenge Charleston political institutions and developers to become aware of the populations they have been neglecting – from youth in public schools to seniors who carry local history – by amplifying the voices of these residents through various creative community-engaged arts. Girls Rock CharlestonThe  Girls Rock Charleston After School Program is a year-long after-school program for at-risk girls and transgender youth that combines music education, DIY media making, and popular and political education to build a youth-led movement for social change in Charleston, S.C. The program encourages participants to explore their burgeoning identities and to address the impact of police violence and the prison system in their communities. Each semester, the Rockers work together to produce a multimedia body of work that documents and impacts these social issues and presents the participants' own visions for liberation in their communities. This year, ROOTS reviewed 30 applications and selected eight partners, up from four partners in 2013 and six in 2014. Now in its third cycle, and preceded for nearly two decades by the Community/Artist Partnership Program, Partners in Action builds equitable and reciprocal relationships between artists, cultural organizers, and communities. Through local actions, projects and activities, these partnerships connect social justice issues and policies to social and economic justice and practice. About Alternate ROOTS Alternate ROOTS, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, 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. Via: Alternate ROOTS

Alternate ROOTS seeks art and performances for annual meeting

Alternate ROOTS invites submission of poster art entries for the 38th ROOTS Week annual meeting and retreat being held Aug. 5-10 in Arden, N.C. Art chosen for the event will be used in marketing materials, online, and in the creation of a unique poster to be sold and auctioned. The selected artist will receive $500 cash, a full scholarship to ROOTS Week (value: $350-$450), and up to $350 in travel support. The submission deadline is March 31. The organization is also accepting applications for visual arts scholarships to attend ROOTS week (deadline: March 31) and applications to present learning exchanges or to perform (deadline for both applications: April 28.) Find application details and information about attending the annual meeting online. For additional information, call Shannon Turner at (404) 577-1079 or e-mail events@alternateroots.org. The Alternate ROOTS 38th ROOTS Week: Annual Meeting & Artists Retreat is a week-long gathering of members, activists and supporters in a retreat setting. Activities include artistic and professional training, performances, networking opportunities and training in how artists can approach their work with a social and environmental justice lens. Alternate ROOTS is an organization based in the Southern USA whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. As a coalition of cultural workers we strive to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through its programs and services. Via: Alternate ROOTS