Rural Arts

March 4, 2016 by admin
On June 2, 2015, Alternate ROOTS Executive Director, Carlton Turner, presented the following as a keynote address at the Grantmakers in the Arts Racial Equity Forum in Atlanta, Georgia. Introduction: Georgia Men “Black people did not come back from Georgia.” “A man or woman that had learned that they might be taken south might do anything.” “A man who had to see his son stand naked before buyers might do anything.” Read More...
February 19, 2015 by admin
February 2015, 32 pages. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, 2233 University Avenue W. #355, St Paul, Minnesota, 55114, (651) 251-0868. creativemn.org. Download: Read More...
June 29, 2014 by admin
Writing is a solitary pursuit, and writers are often depicted as hermit-like figures. Rural writers, however, unlike their more urban counterparts, face an additional kind of isolation: they have few opportunities to rub shoulders with other writers and few, if any, chances to attend readings. For young writers, the isolation is particularly acute. Role models are absent, and even the idea of being a writer can be so foreign as to never enter their heads. Read More...
June 29, 2014 by admin
California is often characterized as a state in which the north and south differ politically and culturally, but differences between its coast and inland areas may be even more profound. The current year’s drought exacerbates the coast-versus-valleys tension as major cities vie with the state’s agricultural center for water. Intending “to start a new conversation between the two parts of California that are at best disconnected, and often at odds,” in 2010, photographer and writer Lisa Hamilton secured a grant from the Creative Work Fund to collaborate with Roots of Change. Read More...
June 29, 2014 by admin
Even folks entirely unfamiliar with the concept of creative placemaking intuitively grasp the potential for artist spaces to catalyze revitalization, and mural projects to animate vacant walls. The usual mental backdrops, however, are down-and-out urban neighborhoods. Read More...
February 3, 2013 by admin
The following is an expanded version of my essay “Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-belonging,” first published on the Arts in a Changing America website. I’ve been asked to prepare it for the GIA Reader audience and to reflect further on the topic of belonging as it relates to my work as a public funder. Read More...
June 21, 2012 by admin
What is a woman’s relationship between the experience of spending time in a natural setting away from everyday chores, and the release of self-expression through writing? Start with this: Walking on a salty sandy beach, then sitting down to write. Eating thoughtfully created organic meals prepared for you in a warm kitchen. Sharing your new writing with the other residents in a comfortable living room after dinner. Read More...
April 30, 2009 by admin
2008, 33 pages. The Atlantic Philanthropies, 125 Park Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY, 10017, 212-916-7305, www.atlanticphilanthropies.org http://www.atlanticphilanthropies.org/content/download/6739/103341/file/ATLP_farmworkers_report.pdf Read More...
April 30, 2009 by admin
Gourd Girls Priscilla Wilson 2005, 220 pages Mt. Yonah Press, Sautee, Georgia Read More...