CHRIS JAMES
The founder and executive director for T.R.A.C., who is also a national spoken word poet and member of the award winning poetry slam team Foreign Tongues. Chris James is a teaching artist listed on the Arkansas Art Council's roster and an Arkansas A+ fello. He serves as an advocate for education art and social justice and for hope of building stronger communities.

tHE FOUNDER

History & important DATES


January 2013  -  The Roots Art Connection was rebranded 


April 2013 - The Roots Theatre Project launched it's first stage play "The Odds Against Us".


October 2013 - The Roots Art Connection launched it's second program Poetry Saves Lives


December 2013 - Poetry Saves Lives introduced it's program to Our House by facilitating workshops


May 2014 - The Roots Art Connection received its 501(c3) status


August 2014- Poetry in the Park (Downtown Little Rock)


November 2014- The House of Art was opened


March 2015- Grand Opening for the new location of The House of Art


October 2015- The Mural Project (1st Mural)


February 2016- Buy Back the Block- Purchased 1st Home


Our Mission


The Roots Art Connection’s mission is to advocate the integration of arts in education and community to support the transformation and development of under-served communities.  Our programs and projects are designed to support social justice, alleviate poverty and hunger, uproot oppression and engage youth in creative arts while simultaneously increasing academic success.                                            

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"We never stop being students because education has no limits."