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ROOTSFest 2011

ROOTSFest 2011 is a 5-day celebration of arts and culture, and an exploration of the ways by which art and culture may be used to foster healing, leadership and sustainability in our communities. ROOTSFest is put on as a collaborative effort between Alternate Roots, a re-gifting arts organization based in Atlanta, GA and CultureWorks, an arts group based in West Baltimore. This celebration of West Baltimore is based around the Highway to Nowhere — the project on Route 40 that displaced hundreds of families and created not an active freeway, but a failed, empty, and somewhat haunting strip dividing neighborhoods and communities. CultureWorks and Alternate Roots are seeking to create a new image/perception of this area as a blank, green slate (52 acres of green space along the Highway are under- (or utterly un-)used and will act as the stages to both performing artists and art installations) to serve as the foundation that may reawaken a community in disrepair.
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 for all information. If people are interested in joining the NLE, they can sign up on the website or contact Natalya at Volunteers should contact Jai Brooks at or
at 443-413-2577. Anyone with questions is also welcome to e-mail or call me at anytime at

Community Based Learning – weekly programming

 Futuro Latino Learning Center

Saturday Programming
  Feb Mar Apr May Average
Session I          
Conversation Participants 37 20 17 7
Conversation Volunteers 16 11 23 5
Kids’ Play Kids 4 3 1  3 1
Kids’ Play Volunteers 6 5 8  1 2
Session II          
ESL Participants 125 119 67 15  25
New ESL Participants 13 8 3  1 2
ESL Volunteers 53 44 53  10 12
Kids’ Cultural Kids 25 42 26  11 8
Kids’ Cultural Volunteers 29 17 22  3 5
Session III          
Computers Participants 64 87  52   17
Computers Volunteers 27 26  26   7
Kids’ Play Kids 21 34 30   7
Kids’ Play Volunteers 13 12 15   3
Special Event 0 3  n/a   3
Program Assistants 3 4  1   1
Sunday Programming
  Feb Mar Apr May Average
Participants 16 4 8  4 3
PTP Volunteers 36 17 27  5 9
Kids’ Play Kids 4 1 4  1 1
Kids’ Play Volunteers 11 3 3  2 2

Average = 14 weeks of programming


RAS/WAS (Read-a-Story, Write-a-Story) 

Date   Participants
28-Feb   22
1-Mar   15

2011 Summer Associate VISTA Program

For over 45 years, members of AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) have actively served low-income areas by mobilizing people, businesses and organizations with the goal of creating sustainable healthy communities.  Throughout the year, AmeriCorps*VISTA provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.

 Overview of the Summer Associates Program

The VISTA program also has a Summer Associate component, a short-term service (June 12- August 13) opportunity during the summer months.  The Summer Associate program enhances an existing VISTA project by providing individuals that will participate for 8 weeks, alongside year-round AmeriCorps*VISTA members, in an intensive level of summer service.  During service, Summer Associates are available to the community on a full-time basis which is described by Congress as “24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”  This means that the Summer Associate should be available as deemed necessary by the sponsoring agency, for the project, without regard to standard working hours.

Available Positions in the Baltimore Area!

Margaret Brent Elementary/ Middle School– Assist with summertime activities in the Remington neighborhood and organize block projects

Barclay, Midway, and Old Goucher– Assist the Barclay Youth Safe Haven Coordinator with preparation for the coming year elementary school mentoring program and overall program structure

Waverly Community -Engage in neighborhood outreach around community association and block projects and provide support for summer programs or neighborhood youth  

Barclay Community– Organize neighborhood block projects in the Harwood Community and school including school beautification projects

GHCC Adult Literacy & ESOL– Develop a project-based learning model for the Adult Basic Education classroom to be piloted in the Fall 2011.

General Eligibility

  • Summer Associates must be at least 18 years of age at the time of placement
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, National or Legal Resident
  • Able to commit and serve on a full-time basis for 8 weeks
  • Not listed on the National Sex Offenders Public Registry

Benefits and Support

In addition to making a credible effort to help people and communities escape poverty, Summer Associates receive benefits and support during and after successful completion of summer service. Associates are eligible to receive:

  • A $1,132 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a $125/mo summer end-of service stipend
  • On-site orientation and training
  • A living allowance to cover necessities during service (approx. $2000 by the end of the summer)
  • Involvement in the AmeriCorps*VISTA Alumni Network and eCommunity 


To learn more about the AmeriCorps*VISTA Summer Associate Program at Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC) please contact Glenda Garcia at or call (410)261-2618.

Celebrating Ireland

Goucher College will hold a lecture and slideshow presentation by artist Denny Lynch on his exhibit Photographs of Ireland on Monday, March 28, at 4 p.m. in the Pinkard Room (#426) of the Athenaeum (building 2 on the campus map, 4th floor).

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Santa Marie Wallace, assistant of community service and community-based learning, at

From March until mid-April, Goucher will also exhibit Lynch’s work in the Lenrow Gallery outside the Pinkard Room in the Athenaeum.

Real Food Farm

Join us every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Real Food Farm, an urban farm in Clifton Park in northeast Baltimore (more info at Our volunteer projects vary every month from planting and weeding to building new hoophouses and a pavilion. Come enjoy hot coffee at the beginning and a potluck lunch at the end! If you’re staying for lunch, please bring a dish to share.

* Volunteer 9 a.m. to noon
* Introductory tour for new visitors will be offered
* Potluck picnic lunch at noon
* Rain or shine
* Families welcome
* Please dress to work and bring a water bottle
* We will provide tools, gloves, and drinking water

Maya Kosok
Community Outreach Coordinator
Real Food Farm

Civic Works
2701 St. Lo Drive
Baltimore, MD 21213
(410) 366-8533 ext. 203