february- cac tax fund
Help Keep Arts in Schools with Your State Tax Return
january: donor thanks
Thank You! :: Over $6,500 Raised to Support California's Thriving Cultural Traditions
february-tars
What’s the Currency? Relationships!: The Bay Area Grassroots Fundraising Workshop Concludes
february-cac local impact
Funding for Traditional Arts through CAC's Local Impact Program
february-chitresh das
In Memoriam: Pandit Chitresh Das (1944-2015)
january: lcgp announcement
ACTA Awards $200,000 to Support California's Living Cultural Heritage
january: ap announcement
Statewide Apprenticeship Program Supports California's Cultural Traditions Through 19 Artist Teams
january: sevdah
Sevdah Means Love: the Bay Area Bosnian Community
february-eduardo martinez
Connecting the Roots to the Fruit: An Apprenticeship in Afro-Colombian Rhythms

In Memoriam: Pandit Chitresh Das (1944-2015)

Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager
The death of Pandit Chitresh Das, master artist of the North Indian classical dance form known as Kathak, came as a shock to many who knew him.  He had just marked his 70th birthday with a full...

Connecting the Roots to the Fruit: An Apprenticeship in Afro-Colombian Rhythms

Russell Rodríguez, Program Manager
Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a recording project, in which I was part of a choir.  In the midst of this ensemble of voices, one of the participants had a shirt on that...

What’s the Currency? Relationships!: The Bay Area Grassroots Fundraising Workshop Concludes

Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager
If you want to get right to the heart of values, the concept of money is a loaded one. How do you raise funds for those things that are essential to your art- making when asking for money from some...

Funding for Traditional Arts through CAC's Local Impact Program


ACTA is excited to share the news that the California Arts Council (CAC) has announced its upcoming call for grant applications. We believe that the newly named Local Impact Program, specifically,...

Help Keep Arts in Schools with Your State Tax Return


California taxpayers can support arts education programs this tax season through the new Keeps Arts in Schools Fund.  Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more...

ACTA Awards $200,000 to Support California's Living Cultural Heritage


The Alliance for California Traditional Arts is pleased to announce that it is awarding $200,000 in grants to California nonprofit organizations to support projects in folk and traditional arts...

Statewide Apprenticeship Program Supports California's Cultural Traditions Through 19 Artist Teams


Since 1999, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ (ACTA’s) Apprenticeship Program has supported California’s cultural traditions with 278 contracts to outstanding folk and traditional...

Sevdah Means Love: the Bay Area Bosnian Community

By Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager
Editor’s note: Beyond the Borders: Bosnian Sevdah & Dance was held on November 9, 2014, at the Croatian American Cultural Center.  It was attended by young and old, with families sitting at...

Amy Kitchener Elected to Grantmakers in the Arts Board of Directors


Beginning this month, Amy Kitchener, executive director of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), joins the Grantmakers in the Arts board of directors.  Grantmakers in the Arts (...

Thank You! :: Over $6,500 Raised to Support California's Thriving Cultural Traditions


Thank you to the forty-one friends who contributed to the ACTA’s End of Year Campaign. Thanks to your generosity, we raised $6,579!  We are grateful for the outpouring of support.  This...

Dear Friends of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts


Dear Friends of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts:Would you please consider making a donation to ACTA this year - even a dollar?  Many people giving small amounts of money can make a...

In Memoriam: Natividad "Nati" Cano

By Daniel Sheehy, Ph.D, CEO Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and ACTA Board President
Editor's Note: The board and staff of ACTA are deeply saddened by Nati Cano’s passing this month. We are grateful for Nati’s contributions to ACTA as a founding board member,  and to his...

ActivARTE in Boyle Heights

By Quetzal Flores, Program Manager
On September 17, 2014, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), in collaboration with Radio Bilingüe and Building Healthy Communities-Boyle Heights (BHC-BH), produced a day of dialogue...

Perpetuating Shishimai: Respect for a Japanese Folk Art

By Linda Uyechi
Thanks to a Living Cultures grant from ACTA, this August, Kyosuke Suzuki – respectfully referred to as Suzuki-sensei, sensei being the honorific form of address for "teacher" – traveled from Tokyo,...

ACTA Highlights Soneros Californianos in the Nation's Capital

By Russell Rodríguez, Program Manager and photos by Quetzal Flores, Program Manager
On September 11, 2014 ACTA, debuted the first-ever performance of an ensemble dubbed "Soneros Californianos" on the stage of the Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium, which over the past 80...

From Mariah Carey to the Zingeray: An Artist’s Journey to Yiddish Song

By Heather Klein
Editor's note: ACTA's Development Program was sunsetted at the end of June 2014 after a successful run of 13 years making 179 contracts.

Vibrant San Diego: ACTA's Roundtable Series

By Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager and photos by Chike Nwoffiah and ACTA Staff
ACTA’s Roundtable Series convened in San Diego on September 4th, welcoming artists, organizations, community arts partners and activists to meet one another, share the art of NEA Heritage Fellow,...

Thank You! :: $10,865 Raised for ACTA's Apprenticeship Program


California's cultural traditions will live on due to grant funds and the generous individual contributors (names listed below) to our Apprenticeship Campaign; 50 people committed to a total of $10,...

Where Art Meets Policy: Building a Healthy Coachella

By Program Manager Quetzal Flores and Project Coordinator Citlalli Chavez
For three years, ACTA has been working with The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative to enhance community connectedness and healing through engagement in shared...

Boyle Heights, Coachella, Merced, and Santa Ana Lift Up their Cultural Treasures

By Nayamin Martinez, Program Manager
For decades, the emphasis of community building efforts has been to first identify community needs/deficits/problems in order to design programs that could help improve the wellbeing of those...

ACTA's Apprenticeship Program :: Will You Help Us Reach Our $8,000 Goal?


Friends of ACTA, In our last The New Moon we shared with you that in partnership with two master artists and one apprentice, ACTA is raising funds to support our Apprenticeship Program. Thank you to...

ACTA's Roundtable Series Comes to Eureka and San Diego


ACTA's Roundtable Series: Cultural Networks - Working from Strength There is tremendous vitality in the making and maintaining of our cultural arts. Many communities are creating culturally relevant...

ACTA Presents California Son Jarocho in Washington DC


During the 1970s the son Jarocho from southern Veracruz, Mexico, experienced a resurgence in practice and performance in Mexico.  The central traditional social gathering, the fandango, in...

A Letter from Master Artists

By Vanessa Vo, Alberto Lopez, and Linda Yamane
Dear Friends of the Traditional Arts in California: We are writing to ask you to support the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ (ACTA) Apprenticeship Program to encourage the continuation of...

ACTA's Roundtable Series Comes to Los Angeles: Cultural Networks and Sustainability


There is tremendous vitality in the making and maintaining of our cultural arts.  Many communities are creating culturally relevant art which operates largely under the radar of funders or...
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