ROOTSFest will take place from June 22-26, and will be an all-day (and most the night) affair. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will host the National Learning Exchange, an opportunity for artists and community activists from all around the country to come together to discuss and explore the impact and possibilities of arts and culture on cities, neighborhoods and communities such as ours. The Learning Exchange will run from 10-4, starting with a keynote speaker and moving into breakout sessions. Late Night Cabarets will take place Thursday and Friday evening (10:30pm until…) at the LoFT in Station North and artists will be staying in MICA dorms for the entirety of the festival. Following the NLE on Wednesday and Thursday, ROOTSFest will be hosting performances (everything from dance to theatre to spoken word)… somewhere, hopefully in Station North.
Needs!!! We’re looking for people to 1) come and support the festival (Sat (10am-10pm) & Sun (10am-6pm). Outdoor Festivals are totally free and will have performances on 4 stages over the course of the weekend, as well as artist, community, health and vendor booths), 2) be part of the National Learning Exchange (fees for local folks are only $25/day, which is pretty great). This is an amazing experiential opportunity to open an absolutely essential conversation. In order to be effective, we need to hear from people from all walks of life. Please come! 3) if you’re interested, we need really good and interesting and motivating folks to help lead some break out rooms at the NLE and 4) this is where the majority of you come in: LOTS of volunteers. For everything.
Please see the official ROOTSFest website at http://rootsfest2011.org/ for all information. If people are interested in joining the NLE, they can sign up on the website or contact Natalya at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers should contact Jai Brooks at email@example.com or at 443-413-2577. Anyone with questions is also welcome to e-mail or call me at anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.