Alternate ROOTS Will Host an Arts Forum in Atlanta, GA with Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, During His First Visit to the State

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Alternate ROOTS is an award winning, nationally recognized arts organization based in Atlanta, GA that provides support to artists in the South. On May 9th, 2012 Alternate ROOTS will host a community arts forum in Atlanta GA, with Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts during his first visit to the state..

The impact of their grants upon a small arts organization like ROOTS is enormous.

Atlanta-based arts organization, Alternate ROOTS, will host a community conversation with Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, during his first visit to the state. The event, which is presented in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts, will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 9 at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street Northeast Atlanta, GA 30308.

The National Endowment for the Arts, an independent agency of the federal government, provides direct support for artists and arts organizations by funding projects and programs that bring arts to all Americans. During the past year, Mr. Landesman has explored the role of artists in creative place making by visiting various communities and talking with arts leaders. While in Atlanta he will meet with individual artists and other representatives of the arts industry to further this discussion. The community conversation is an opportunity for artists to hear from the head of the nation's arts agency, including his vision about the role of artists in local communities.

Alternate ROOTS, a nationally recognized, award-winning arts organization, has a regional focus and provides programs and services for a network of more than 350 artists in the South. Alternate ROOTS executive director, Carlton Turner, will facilitate the hour-long conversation with Mr. Landesman. "We are excited to co-host this event with Georgia Council for the Arts," says Mr. Turner. "The National Endowment for the Arts is one of the most effective federal agencies and has provided support to arts organizations of all sizes. ROOTS is a grateful recipient of their support. The impact of their grants upon a small arts organization like ROOTS is enormous."

Although there is no cost to attend this event, advance registration is required in order to ensure adequate space. To register, email Jhai James at Georgia Council for the Arts with your name, organization and the number of people in your group. Email Jhai Jamesat: JJames(at)gaarts(dot)org

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