Alternate ROOTS Newsletter News from the Front!
March 2010
ROOTS 2009 ReportAlternate ROOTS 2009 Report

Please take a minute to review this document. It is a reflection of the work done by the ROOTS staff during 2009. If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the office, info@alternateroots.org.

Alternate ROOTS
in partnership with
National Association of Latino Arts & Culture
present the

The Aesthetics of Diversity
34th Annual Meeting

August 10 - 15, 2010
Lutheridge Conference Center
Arden, NC

Call for Proposals

The Annual Meeting Innovation Ensemble is proud to announce the launch of its call for proposals for Studios, Performances, and Visual Arts Installations to happen at this year's Annual Meeting.  The descriptions and forms can be found as attachments at the bottom of the Annual Meeting webpage The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 30, 2010.

Introducing Our Annual Meeting Coordinators

Ebony GoldenHailing from Houston, TX, Ebony Noelle Golden is a cultural worker, artist, and creative director of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative. She has been a member of Alternate Roots since 2008 and serves as a facilitator for Resources for Social Change.  Earning degrees from NYU (M.A.), American University (M.F.A.), and Texas A & M University (B.A.), Ebony is a 2009 Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee and has collaborated with artists and activists from TX to NY.  She has taught, published and performed widely and is currently working on a full-length collection of poetry, "again, the watercarriers". 

About what she's most excited for with this year's Annual Meeting, Ebony says:
"A partnership with NALAC opens the door for a robust conversation about diversity and coalition building with Latin American artists and cultural workers.  Collaborating with NALAC also opens the doors to look at how Latin Americans are using the arts to address critical activist issues such as immigration and workers rights.  I am most excited to see what coalition building, lasting transformation, cultural work, and artistic projects grow and flourish as a result of this partnership."

living darwinD. Patton White joined Alternate ROOTS in 1997 as a "provisional member" and became a voting member in 1998.  Patton joined the AM work group at the 1998 meeting, and served as the registration coordinator (as a volunteer) for the 1999 Annual Meeting.  In 2001 he was selected to serve as the Annual Meeting coordinator, and served in that capacity for four years, until 2004.  Patton has also served as a member of the Executive Committee, first as a Regional Representative for SC/GA/AL for two years, and then as the Vice Chair for two years before serving as Chair in 2005.  He rejoined the Executive Committee as the Secretary for 2009/2010.  Patton is looking forward to the exciting possibilities that loom ahead in our partnership with NALAC for this year's Annual Meeting!  He trusts that the creative spirit will help shape a transformative experience for anyone who comes.  Patton has served as the Artistic/Administrative Director of Beacon Dance since 1990.  He was a member of CORE Performance Company as a company member from 1992 until 2008.  He currently is an Artistic Associate and Company and Production manager of CORE.  Patton was an adjunct faculty member of Agnes Scott College from 1995-2003, and is currently an adjunct faculty member of Emory University, where he has taught since 2004.

NALAC 20th Anniversary Conference

NALAC Conference LogoThe National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) will convene its 20th Anniversary National Conference from April 14-18, 2010 at the San Jose Marriott Hotel in San Jose, CA. The five-day event will feature workshops, panel discussions and presentations by leading Latino arts figures from around the country as well as special performances by Grammy-award nominated musical group Sones de Mexico from Chicago, New York Puerto Rican music pioneers Los Pleneros de la 21 and Bay Area favorites Los Cenzontles. For information about registration, special student rates, hotel and schedule information, please visit http://conference.nalac.org/

NALAC, which is the nation's leading Latino arts service organization, is a major provider of leadership training, professional development services, funding and advocacy for the national Latino arts and cultural field.  This will be the first NALAC National Conference to take place in California, and the event will culminate a yearlong program of special 20th Anniversary projects, advocacy efforts and new research on the dynamic Latino arts field.

USSF 2010 Logo2010 United States Social Forum
June 22 - 26
Detroit, MI

What is the US Social Forum?
The US Social Forum (USSF) is a movement building process. It is not a conference but it is a space to come up with the peoples' solutions to the economic and ecological crisis. The USSF is the next most important step in our struggle to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and changes history. We must declare what we want our world to look like and we must start planning the path to get there. The USSF provides spaces to learn from each other's experiences and struggles, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, build relationships, and align with our international brothers and sisters to strategize how to reclaim our world.

Workshop & Cultural Submissions Open Until April 20
In Honor of Women's History Month:
Looking for Lilith Theatre Company
Louisville, KY

living darwin

Crossing Mountains: To Teach All We Can and To Learn All We Can
March 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30PM , March 27th matinee at 2:30PM
The Rudyard Kipling , 422 W. Oak Street
Tickets: General - $15, Students and Seniors -$10
For dinner and the show, call 636-1311
For show only, call 638-2559

This piece, created in 2001, celebrated the centennial of the Hindman Settlement School and its contributions to its community in Eastern Kentucky at the Forks of Troublesome Creek. Looking for Lilith Theatre Company is pleased to present a remount of their premiere production.

Executive Committee ("ExCom") Retreat
March 12-14, 2010
Atlanta, GA

The Executive Committee met in Atlanta this past weekend and continued to bring its leadership and inspiration to the ongoing business of the organization between Annual Meetings.  Some highlights from the agenda included:
  • NEA Grant Application Report / Festival 2011 Planning
  • Development Report
  • New national and local initiatives in which ROOTS staff & board members will be participating
  • C/APP Grant Report
  • Annual Meeting 2010 Planning
  • Financial Report
  • Proposals to make donations to the Community Arts Network and Haiti relief
  • Discussion of our Strategic Plan and how Work Groups (Innovation Ensembles!) will continue to move it forward
Full meeting notes [thanks to the intrepid, D. Patton White] are posted here.
The HeART of Your Story:
Grant Writing 101 for Artists 

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Alternate ROOTS Office
Little 5 Points Community Center
1083 Austin Avenue, Suite 7
Atlanta, GA 30307
RSVP by March 30, 2010 to
404-577-1079 or keryl@alternateroots.org

Join Alternate ROOTS Development Director, Keryl McCord, for a fun and informative grant-writing workshop for individual artists, The HeART of Your Story.  

There are opportunities for individual artists to apply for fellowships and grants, beginning with Alternate ROOTS Artistic Assistance and C/APP programs. Learn what makes an application competitive, how to set your proposal apart from the crowd, where to look for other grant opportunities and grant writing basics. This workshop is for beginners, or those who want a refresher.  Join us for an evening of learning, conversation, fellowship and fun.

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Alternate ROOTS is supported by generous donations from the gracious members of Alternate ROOTS and the following: Nathan Cummings Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Leveraging Investment in Creativity, National Endowment for the Arts, Appalachian Community Fund, McMaster Carr, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs of Atlanta, Fulton County Arts Council, and Georgia Council on the Arts.