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Alternate ROOTS
January 2011

Member Profiles:
Natalya Brusilovsky & Ashley Milburn,

Baltimore-Based ROOTS Members Leading

ROOTS Fest 2011

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Natalya Brusilovsky came to her first Annual Meeting this past summer on a whim after hearing about ROOTS just 5 days before it started.  It was a special time for her, full of mind-blowing workshops and late-night dancing, and she's never looked back. (Listen to the full interview here.)

Ashley Milburn, on the other hand, tracked down ROOTS' Resources for Social Change group after the Creative Convergence in 2007, and according to him, he 'begged, pleaded, and threatened' our folks to take on Culture Works and the West Baltimore community as more than  just a continuation of his thesis project.  What was bAshley Milburnorn was a long-term partnership that's still thriving today  and was the foundation of ROOTS Fest 2011. (Listen to the full interview: Part 1 and Part 2.)


Both of these special ROOTS members are working closely with the team of ROOTS staff, contractors, and volunteers who are making ROOTS Fest 2011: Many Communities, One Voice (our 35th anniversary celebration) become a reality.  Read more about them, their challenges and what makes them excited here.

ROOTS Fest 2011:

Many Communities, One Voice

ROOTS Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary
June 22-26, 2011

Baltimore, MD



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Arts & Social Change Grantmaking Report: 2010

by Animating Democracy


In 2009, Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, launched the Arts & Social Change Mapping Initiative. Supported by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Open Society Foundations, CrossCurrents Foundation, and Lambent Foundation, this initiative sought to identify and profile existing sources of private- and public-sector funding for arts for change work and, in so doing, to gain insight into the current state of support for this work. The culminating report,

Trend or Tipping Point: Arts & Social Change Grantmaking, draws together quantitative and qualitative data from a survey, interviews, and review of grantmaker conducted reports.


Alternate ROOTS is mentioned in this report. 


Read the press release.

Race Peace Listening Parties
Race Peace workshop
February 1-5, 2011
Dear friends,

After three years of traveling the U.S. hosting workshops and performances, Race Peace is heading home to New Orleans on Feb. 1 - 5.  In tandem with our work here, we are sponsoring listening parties all over the country - in all of the cities we've visited and many we have yet to see.  

Want to join the national dialogue and host your own listening party?  It's easy. Invite some folks over to have a story circle or discussion in your living room. The topics are race and peace.  If you get in touch with me at, I will send you a CD with a 10-minute audio documentary of people speaking about their own experience of race.  You can play it at your gathering and use it as fodder for your story circle.  Whether you use the documentary or not, the important thing is listening to the people around you - honoring each person's experience of race and vision of peace. Afterward you can log on to and read what came up at other gatherings and add any stories or thoughts from your own.  

We hope you'll join us in whatever way works for you and your community. Thank you for your engagement and contribution to the dialogue, 

Joanna Russo and the Race Peace crew

Click here to download a full description and invitation to the event.

Folk Alliance Conference

February 16-20, 2011

Memphis, TN

Since 1989, Folk Alliance® has served as the headquarters for Folk Music and Dance. With over 2000 members worldwide and an annual conference that is one of the five largest music conferences in North America, Folk Alliance continues to grow and mature while providing a unique range of member services to our community.

Creative Capital

Film/Video and Visual Arts Grants

Open on February 1, 2011

To be eligible to apply, an artist must be:

    * A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
    * At least 25 years old
    * A working artist with at least five years of professional experience
    * Not a full-time student

Though the Inquiry Form will not be available until February 1, complete grant guidelines are now available on the website. Creative Capital will also be hosting info sessions online and in select cities nationwide.

Questions? Email

Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed

17th Annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) Conference

"We Are Each Other's Harvest"

July 20-23, 2011

Chicago, IL


Keynote Speakers: Sanjoy Ganguly, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, and Bill Ayers with Ryan Alexander-Tanner

(More information about pre-conference and post-conference workshops TBA. All pre-conference and post-conference events will be held at other Chicago locations.)

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In This Issue
Member Profiles: Natalya Brusilovsky & Ashley Milburn
ROOTS Fest 2011
Arts & Social Change Grantmaking Report
Race Peace Listening Parties
Folk Alliance Conference
Film/Video and Visual Arts Grants
Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference
Artistic Assistance Cycle XVI
Urban Bush Women Performance
Executive Committee
Fractured Atlas!

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Artistic Assistance
Cycle XVI
Application Deadline:
Thursday, March 3
6:00 p.m. Eastern

Applications are now open for the next round of Artistic Assistance.  Feel free to contact Shannon at 404-577-1079 if you have any questions.


Urban Bush Women

Saturday, Jan. 22, 8:00 pm

Rialto Center for the Arts

Atlanta, GA


Executive Committee
2010-11 Slate of Officers & Representatives


  Chair:  Ashley Sparks
Vice Chair: Margo Miller
Treasurer:  Dan Brawley
Secretary: D. Patton White
Nicole "Nikki" Brown
Durham, NC
Melisa Cardona
New Orleans, LA
Nicole Garneau
Chicago, IL
Mya Hunter
Durham, NC
Robert Martin
Big Hill, KY
Ashley Milburn
Baltimore, MD
Lisa Suarez
San Antonio, TX
Shon Sims
Marietta, GA
Anasa Troutman
Atlanta, GA

Fractured Atlas Extends ROOTS Member Benefits

In Fall 2009, we embarked on a partnership whereby ROOTS members are eligible for a free Associate Membership with Fractured Atlas. If you don't remember the details of this arrangement, read about it here.

Our members are also eligible to apply for fiscal agency through their programs at no additional membership cost for the first year.  For details, contact Shannon at the ROOTS office at 404-577-1079.

Don't forget about their free online classes through Fractured Atlas U! Read more about those here.

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