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Promise Zone Arts: ACTA Partners with the City of LA's Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Commons, and the Youth Policy Institute to Bring Cultural Asset Mapping to LA
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Connecting the Roots to the Fruit: An Apprenticeship in Afro-Colombian Rhythms
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In Memoriam: Pandit Chitresh Das (1944-2015)
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Keeping Hayashi Alive in Southern California
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WATCH :: ACTA's Arts-in-Corrections Program
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Traditional Arts Work in the Prisons
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The Karen Organization of San Diego: A Dance Class Is an Act of Freedom

ACTA's Roundtable Series Comes to San Jose


Please join us on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, from 6-8 pm at the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose.

In Memoriam of Garry McClintock – Un Vaquero Del Alma

By Russell Rodríguez, Program Manager
In 2012, the Alliance of California Traditional Arts (ACTA) curated an evening of traditional arts performance and exhibition at the California Plaza in Los Angeles, part of the Grand Performance...

Cooking Together is Good for the Hayat (Soul): The United Women of East Africa Support Team

Text and Photos by Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager
Editor's Note: The United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST) is a nonprofit organization based in San Diego which was established with the goal of responding to the overlooked health needs of...

Art Sharing, Storytelling, and Affirmation: ACTA's Bay Area Artists Gathering

By Russell Rodríguez, Program Manager and Photos by Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager
One of the things that ACTA has learned from our 1,000 case studies of traditional arts practice, is that the practice of gathering lies central to most cultural communities in the State of...

The Karen Organization of San Diego: A Dance Class Is an Act of Freedom

Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager
So many impressions flood my mind as I wind my way in a rental car through downtown San Diego en route to visit the Karen community.  I am here for a site visit to learn more about these new...

Keeping Hayashi Alive in Southern California

Russell Rodríguez, Program Manager
Driving from East LA heading towards downtown LA, I exited from the I-10 to Highway 101, always unclear if I am in the right lane because part of the I-5 in that same intersection becomes I-10,...

Promise Zone Arts: ACTA Partners with the City of LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Commons, and the Youth Policy Institute to Bring Cultural Asset Mapping to LA’s Promise Zone


Earlier this month, the National Endowment for the Arts announced a $200,000 Our Town grant to the City of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs to support Promise Zone Arts, a cultural asset...

Webinars in English and Spanish :: Information on Funding Opportunities for 2016


Join us for a webinar to learn more about ACTA and its funding for folk and traditional artists through the Apprenticeship Program and Living Cultures Grants Program. Application deadline for both...

WATCH :: ACTA Produces Lights On Music Video as a Call for Equitable School Funding in Los Angeles


For the past year, through its involvement in The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative, ACTA has supported the efforts of Boyle Heights-based artists in a collective...

Tuning In? :: ACTA's YouTube Channel


Short of the direct experience of traditional or folk arts, what better way than online viewing is there to encounter the many cultural expressions and diverse artists who reside here California?...

A Video Message From the NEA :: What's Your Art Story?


For their 50th anniversary, the National Endowment for the Arts is collecting stories on how the arts have touched the lives of people and their communities.  During their anniversary year, the...

New Funding Opportunities: Living Cultures Grants Program and Apprenticeship Program


This month, ACTA announces new funding opportunities for folk & traditional artists: Living Cultures Grants ProgramDeadline: July 15, 2015 Apprenticeship ProgramDeadline: July 15, 2015 Join a...

Celebrating Purepecha Tejido in the Eastern Coachella Valley


Join ACTA in Coachella on Friday, May 8th as we celebrate the culmination of a 14-week Purepecha tejido (embroidery) workshop series. Workshop participants will be displaying their collective work,...

ACTA Bids Farewell to Nayamin Martínez

By Amy Kitchener, Executive Director
This past month Nayamin Martínez, ACTA program manager and bilingual outreach specialist, left to take a new job in her chosen field of public health.  Nayamin worked at ACTA for over four years...

Traditional Arts Work in the Prisons

By Amy Kitchener, Executive Director
In the face of the ongoing California prison crisis with overcrowding rates climbing as high as 200% of capacity, the arts are making a re-entry into what many perceive as a broken system. Last year...

WATCH :: ACTA's Arts-In-Corrections Program


We invited documentary filmmakers Sara Aguilar and Eric Coleman to shoot on location at Corcoran State Prison in the final weeks ACTA's first residency. Here are the stories that emerged.

Music in a Cold Space: Son Jarocho at Corcoran State Prison

By Cesar Castro
To read this article in Spanish, click here. // Para la versi ón en español de este artículo, haga click aquí. When I shared the news that I was invited to teach music at a California state prison,...

Respiro de Libertad con Música

By Cesar Castro
Para la versión en inglés de este artículo, haga click aquí. // To read this article in English, click here. Cuando daba la noticia de que había recibido la invitación para trabajar enseñando...

Where There is Hope: Son Jarocho and Collective Songwriting at Corcoran State Prison

By Quetzal Flores, ACTA Program Manager
My first day of working as a music teacher with ACTA's Arts-in-Corrections program began on a Monday, September 29, 2014, at 4:00 am.  I crept through my house preparing while trying not to...

At Least One Story: Storytelling at Corcoran State Prison

By Michael McCarty
"To have once been a criminal is not the disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace!"          -Malcolm X Storytelling had always been an important...

A Shared Art Space: Dry-Drawing at Corcoran State Prison

By Omar Ramirez
The Valley reeks of decomposing broccoli and manure as soon as you turn off the main highway near Corcoran State Prison, and I quickly learn on my first day at the facility that flies agitate at...

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...

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...
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