About the Grant

$18,000 to support UPROOTED: The Katrina Project (MAP 2006), a performance exploring various Gulf Coast artists' responses to the disaster and their efforts to reconstruct their lives and communities.

About the Project

UPROOTED: The Katrina Project is a collaboration representing a broad spectrum of art forms, including performance art, modern dance, contemporary hip hop, experimental theater, storytelling and traditional tales. This performance is based on the collected stories of hurricanes victims, including the artists themselves. Each artist represents a specific population and presents relevant images of the Gulf region both before and after the storm.

UPROOTED: The Katrina Project was designed to be offered to those who have displaced people in their communities. Additionally, communities facing the conditions that exacerbated the Katrina disaster may wish to engage in dialogue about what can be done to avoid similar results. Community engagement is at the heart of weeklong residencies that are an integral part of this project. UPROOTED: The Katrina Project documents and dissects a difficult period in the history of the southeast United Sates, while simultaneously celebrating the strength of community and the human spirit through the arts.

This project is also collaboration between Alternate ROOTS and Holden & Arts Associates. The production is co-commissioned through the National Performance Network Creation Fund by Jump Start Theater in San Antonio, TX; Reston Community Center, Reston, VA; and Scottsdale Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale, AZ. UPROOTED has also been made possible through funding from The Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the MAP Fund and generous donations of members of Alternate ROOTS.

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