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ROOTS Week 2017

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Lutheridge Camp & Conference Center

28 Spruce Drive

Arden, NC 28704

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Alternate ROOTS' 41st Annual Meeting & Artists' Retreat

Back to the Basics – Down to the ROOTS

ROOTS Week Annual Meeting & Artists’ Retreat is a one-of-a-kind gathering – six days of performances, art and organizing workshops, visual art exhibitions, late-night cabarets, and ROOTS’ annual business meeting, in a retreat-like setting in the mountains of North Carolina. Artists, cultural organizers, and their families come from across the South (and beyond!), joining an ever-growing, ever-changing network of people committed to building a just world through arts, community, and activism.

ROOTS Week 2017 is our 41st Annual Meeting. Last year, in celebration of our 40th anniversary, we honored the legacy and spirit of ROOTS, as well as some of the change-makers who brought us to this point. This year, with the theme of Back to the Basics – Down to the ROOTS, we’re paring back to create a retreat focused on some of the basics: artistic practice, organizing strategy, self care, and community building.

As we say at ROOTS, innovation is remembering, and ROOTS Week 2017 will be reminiscent of our early days in the mountains. We’ll focus on artistic practice with artmaking workshops, skill shares, and master classes. Throughout the week, we ROOTers will facilitate a series of UpROOTing Oppressions sessions, weaving this learning into all other programming. We’ll continue to hold issue-based conversations at the intersection of art and social justice, and strengthen our alliances with the movements that are changing the South. We’ll witness visual and performing arts that extend from works-in-progress to tour/exhibition-ready pieces, and share a radical variety of art into the early hours at Late Night. We’ll sing, we’ll dance, we’ll share stories and quiet moments, and we’ll dig deep to the heart and soul of it all – our ROOTS.

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