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.


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.                                            


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

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