1083 Austin Ave Northeast
Atlanta , GA 30307

Phone: 4045771079  

Fax: 4045777991    

Web Address:


Alice Lovelace, Executive Director,

Alternate ROOTS was founded in 1976 at the Highlander Center in Tennessee by a group of southeastern performing artists creating original, community based work. Among those present were Jo Carson, John O’Neal and Dudley Cocke, all of whom are still members of the organization. 

Our mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. As cultural workers we strive to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through its programs and services.

Our purpose is to promote a cohesive spirit among Southeastern artists of all disciplines through the exchange of work, skills, critical analysis and information.  By providing access to artistic resources and technical assistance in administrative areas and by creating opportunities that are beyond the scope of any individual or organization, ROOTS contributes to the artistic development and increased visibility, credibility and stability of its members.  The organization serves as a resource for its members who collectively reach over 1,000,000 audience members annually, a significant portion of whom are located in rural and urban areas not served by established arts institutions.