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Never Static: The Yemanja Arts Festival and Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe of San Jose
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Inside ACTA: New Program Changes and Developments
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ACTA's Roundtable Series Comes to Eureka and San Diego
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ACTA to Launch Pilot Program in California State Prisons
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ACTA Presents California Son Jarocho in Washington DC
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Where Art Meets Policy: Building a Healthy Coachella
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ACTA's Apprenticeship Program :: Will You Help Us Reach Our $8,000 Goal?
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Gran Mujer: An Apprenticeship in Mexican Deshilado
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Celebrating Cultural Treasures in Merced, California
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Boyle Heights, Coachella, Merced, and Santa Ana Lift Up their Cultural Treasures

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...

The California Arts Council Needs Your Input!


The California Arts Council has issued a survey to the field, asking for input on needs and interests for future services from the agency. ACTA encourages you to help the CAC plan their future work...

Inside ACTA: New Program Changes and Developments

By Amy Kitchener, Executive Director
We’re excited to announce the call for proposals for ACTA’s 2015 Living Cultures Grants Program (LCGP) and Apprenticeship Program this month. There are several important changes to share. While we’re...

New Guidelines Available for the Living Cultures Grants and Apprenticeship Programs


This month ACTA announces the availability of new guidelines for the Living Cultures Grants and Apprenticeship Programs. Living Cultures Grants ProgramDeadline: August 1, 2014 Apprenticeship...

ACTA Introduces New Project Coordinator Citlalli Chávez


ACTA is excited to introduce its newest staff member Citlalli Chávez.  Coming to ACTA as an experienced immigrant rights activist and community and labor organizer, Citlalli has joined ACTA as a...

ACTA to Launch Pilot Program in California State Prisons


This month, the California Arts Council (CAC) awarded contracts to seven organizations for Arts-in-Corrections programs in fourteen state correctional facilities.  The Alliance for California...

$7 Million Budget Appropriated for California Arts Council :: Your Help is Still Needed!


Last week, the Legislative Budget Conference Committee voted 8-0 to approve an appropriation of $7 million from the general fund for 2014-15 to the California Arts Council (CAC).  This is a...

SaludArte Celebrates Building a Healthy Boyle Heights with the Arts


On Saturday, April 26 residents of Boyle Heights and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to see, first hand, how cultural arts and community health go hand-in-hand at Hollenbeck Park.

ACTA's Roundtable Series Returns With Grassroots Fundraising Intensive


ACTA's Roundtable Series returns to the San Francisco Bay Area with Grassroots Fundraising, an intensive workshop series and peer learning circle led by nonprofit consultant Jerry Yoshitomi and ACTA...

Never Static: The Yemanjá Arts Festival and Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe of San Jose

Text and photos by Lily Kharrazi, Living Culture Grants Program Manager
One of the great privileges of working in the traditional arts field is to observe how cultural communities express core values, giving their time and resources to activities that give meaning to...

Celebrating Cultural Treasures in Merced, California

By Russell Rodríguez, Program Manager & Photos by Dan Hong
As part of the Activating Cultural Assets Project organized by ACTA and The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities Initiative, a task force of Merced community members spent six months...

Gran Mujer: An Apprenticeship in Mexican Deshilado

Text and Photos by Russell Rodríguez, Apprenticeship Program Manager
Within the private spaces of homes, the transmission of traditional art practices is such a natural occurrence that we tend not to consider it "art."  It was in our family’s kitchen where I...

Legislation Announced for $25 Million California Arts Council Budget

By Amy Kitchener, Executive Director
On February 12, 2014, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts joined dozens of arts organizations from around the state to participate in a hearing convened by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance),...

ACTA Welcomes 19 Teams to the Apprenticeship Program


Since 1999, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ (ACTA’s) Apprenticeship Program has supported California’s cultural traditions with 259 contracts to outstanding folk and traditional artists...

ACTA Announces 2014 Living Cultures Grants Program Grantees


The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) is pleased to announce that it is awarding $285,000 in grants to California nonprofit organizations to support projects in folk and traditional...

Thank You! :: Over $20,000 Raised for ACTA's Apprenticeship Program


We did it!!!  Thanks to the 87 friends who contributed to the Apprenticeship Program Campaign, we exceeded our $8,000 goal and raised an amazing $20,300!  The impact of this generosity will...

In Memoriam: Laskshmi Shankar

By Russell Rodríguez, Apprenticeship Program Manager
As the New Year brings hope for new possibilities, the Indian arts and the traditional arts communities were met with the sad news of master artist Lakshmi Shankar's passing.  Ms. Shankar was...

In Memoriam: Dr. Annjennette S. McFarlin

Lily Kharrazi, Living Cultures Grants Program Manager
“She was a tireless defender of those who are marginalized.  She told the stories that needed to be told.  A community cultural treasure; She will be missed!”  --Felicia Shaw (San...

The New Moon Special Edition: Healing and Nourishment through Traditional Foodways

By Amy Kitchener, Executive Director
I grew up in Washington, D.C., where my father, Howard Kitchener, who grew up on a farm, always had a summer kitchen garden.  When I think about home, I think about eating a homegrown tomato in...
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