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ACTA's Roundtable Series: Food is Good for You
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Essential Ingredients: Food Making Community
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Inside ACTA: New Program Changes and Developments
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Never Static: The Yemanja Arts Festival and Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe of San Jose
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The New Moon Special Edition: Healing and Nourishment through Traditional Foodways
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Who Wants to Grate the Ginger?: Food as Intervention
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ACTA to Launch Pilot Program in California State Prisons
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ACTA's Roundtable Series Returns with Grassroots Fundraising Intensive
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Thank You! :: Over $20,000 Raised for ACTA's Apprenticeship Program
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New Guidelines Available for ACTA's Apprenticeship Program
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SaludArte Celebrates Building a Healthy Boyle Heights with the Arts
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This is Street Food at its Best: Food as Policy
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New Guidelines Available for Living Cultures Grants Program

A Letter from Master Artists


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...

$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...

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...

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...

Essential Ingredients: Food Making Community

By Dr. Khampha Thephavong and Photos by Amy Kitchener
The author, Dr. Khampha Thephavong, is a committed member of the Laotian community in the Fresno area.  As a medical doctor at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, she provides much-needed service as...

Who Wants to Grate the Ginger?: Food as Intervention

By Saengthip Keosaeng & Nkauj Iab Yang
To say that food is sustaining and life-giving is to state the obvious.  Through multiple Living Cultures Grants, ACTA has encouraged the wisdom of reaching the heart through the stomach by...

This is Street Food at its Best: Food as Policy

By Abel Salas
Since 2011, ACTA has been working with The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative in Boyle Heights to infuse culture as a vital tool in creating community health.  ACTA...

ACTA's Roundtable Series: Food is Good for You

By Lily Kharrazi and Video by Kirk Schroeder
This video features excerpts from Food is Good for You: Foodways from a Cultural Perspective, a recent session of ACTA’s Roundtable Series in which we examined how food is a vestige of great cultural...

A Letter from Master Artists

From Danny Kalanduyan, Juana Gomez, and Latanya Tigner
Dear Friends of the Traditional Arts in California: We are writing to ask you to support the continuation of vital cultural traditions in California.  Since 1998, nearly 500 Master Artists and...
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