Alternate ROOTS Champions Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity Through the Arts with $164,000 in Grants

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Support to dozens of artists and organizations in the South highlights the power of the arts to build movements and transform communities.

Alternate ROOTS, the arts support organization dedicated to artists and community workers in the South, is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of its Partners in Action and Artistic Assistance grants. The 26 recipient artists and organizations will receive funding to develop and present arts projects relating to community, place, tradition, or spirit, and promote social and economic justice.

The Partners in Action program has awarded grants to six individuals and groups that are creating projects that will act as cultural organizing events, building grassroots movements throughout the region. The recipients include the Louisville theatre company Looking for Lilith, to rigorously examine the intersectionality of race and gender within their own company, city, commonwealth, and nation; New Orleans’ PATOIS, which will curate and produce a series of art and film events aimed at raising awareness of the impact of gentrification in New Orleans, and the Wilmington, NC-based project Working Narratives, will produce ‘Free Movement’, a public performance and community organizing project. A full listing of the Partners in Action Cohort 2017-18 can be found here:

Additionally, through Alternate ROOTS’ Artistic Assistance program, grants were awarded to 20 individual artists and cultural workers in the South to enhance their skills, create unique projects, and build community. Recipients include Shannon Turner, director of Atlanta’s storytelling showcase, Edge of Night, who will produce a series of storytelling workshops focused on the ten-year anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech, and Miami-based performance artist, Pioneer Winter, to develop GIMP GAIT, a full length dance performance and discussion around people with disabilities.

About Alternate ROOTS: Alternate ROOTS 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 is a regional arts service organization that has provided resources to artists and cultural organizers in the South for 41 years. To learn more about Alternate ROOTS, visit

To learn more about the Partners in Action or Artistic Assistance programs or the rest of the 2017 grant recipients, please contact: Wendy Shenefelt, Alternate ROOTS Programs Manager, wendy(at)alternateroots(dot)org or 404-577-1079.

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