ACTA's Programs

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts administers three core programs which provide grants and contracts to folk & traditional artists and organizations.

Living Cultures Grants Program

The Hmong Association of Long Beach's Qeej Not Gang program, which teaches youth and adults a variety of traditional arts practices, has been supported by grants from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program.The Living Cultures Grants Program seeks to sustain and strengthen the folk and traditional arts in the state of California with grants of $5,000 to California-based nonprofits, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors.

Apprenticeship Program

Apprentice Latanya Tigner looks to her teacher master artist Kiazi Malonga during a lesson in Congalese drumming.The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuity of the state’s traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. Each $3,000 contract will support a period of concentrated learning for apprentices who have shown a commitment to and a talent for a specific folk & traditional art form or practice.

Development Program

Dance Kaiso instructors Val Serrant (left) and Wilfred Mark of Trinidad along with Robbin Frey (not shown) teach youth the arts of the Caribbean in San Francisco. The Development Program makes contracts up to $1,500 to support consultancies, mentorships, and travel opportunities that foster a new level of growth for individual folk & traditional artists and organizations in California. Requested services may be focused on organizational, program, and/or artistic development goals. Individual artists and cultural practitioners, as well as organizations, whether incorporated or not, may apply.

Roundtable Series

ACTA's Roundtable Series is expanding statewide! Check back soon for locations and other announcements.

ArtistsBeginning in 2008 with the generous support from the The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission, our Roundtable Series was designed to strengthen intercultural traditional arts networks and leadership, and to offer opportunities for traditional and tradition-based artists and arts advocates to learn from one another through intimate discussion, technical assistance, networking, and sharing community-based arts and culture.

The series is donation- based with no one turned away for lack of funds and is held in various venues to encourage participation.  Starting in June 2014, the Bay Area series will expand to other statewide locations.

Community Leadership Project

Students of the Merced Lao Family Community’s qeej (pronounced “gheng”) class.


The Community Leadership Project (CLP) is supported by a joint partnership between the David & Lucile Packard, James Irvine, and William & Flora Hewlett foundations.  It supports financial stability and leadership development for small and midsize organizations serving low-income people and communities of color in the San Joaquin Valley.