Cultural Equity Dialogues


SaludArte Celebrates Building a Healthy Boyle Heights with the Arts

SaludArte posterOn 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.

Cultural Equity Dialogues: Artistic Marginalization

Cultural Equity DialoguesEditor’s Note: Artistic Marginalization is the fifth article in ACTA’s Cultural Equity Dialogues.  Based on ACTA's community forum, Building Cultural Equity Through the Traditional Arts, held in Los Angeles in February 2010, the Cultural Equity Dialogues are a series of online, interactive articles exploring topics relating to cultural equity and folk & traditional arts.  You are invited to join this conversation by posting your own comments and stories below.

Jerry Yoshitomi, Meaning Matters LLC
Fighting the overwhelming perception that only mainstream, dominant narratives are valid, and/or that traditional artistic expression is old, outmoded, and irrelevant to contemporary issues and taste, how do we position/promote the public value of our work more effectively?

Cultural Equity Dialogues: Sustainability

Photo of Cultural Equity Forum participantsEditor’s Note: Sustainability is the fourth article in ACTA’s Cultural Equity Dialogues.  Based on ACTA's community forum, Building Cultural Equity Through the Traditional Arts, held in Los Angeles in February 2010, the Cultural Equity Dialogues are a series of online, interactive articles exploring topics relating to cultural equity and folk & traditional arts.  You are invited to join this conversation by posting your own comments and stories below.

Jerry Yoshitomi, Meaning Matters LLC
How do you as individuals sustain the work you do to perpetuating cultural equity – advocacy, activism, and policy change?  What are strategies for institutionalizing cultural equity policies?

Cultural Equity Dialogues: Media

Participants discuss topics relating to cultural equity and folk & traditional arts.Editor’s Note: This is the third article in ACTA’s Cultural Equity Dialogues.  Based on ACTA's community forum, Building Cultural Equity Through the Traditional Arts, held in Los Angeles in February 2010, the Cultural Equity Dialogues are a series of online, interactive articles exploring topics relating to cultural equity and folk & traditional arts.  You are invited to join this conversation by posting your own comments and stories below.

Jerry Yoshitomi, Meaning Matters LLC
How does media impact cultural equity?  What are the issues –the portrayal of culturally specific traditions and communities?  The participation of people of color and underrepresented communities at decision-making levels in broadcasting?  Commercial vs. public ownership?

Cultural Equity Dialogues: The Teacher's Gift

By Prumsodun Ok

Editor's Note: The Teacher's Gift is an essay by Cambodian classical dancer Prumsodun Ok in response to the Leadership segment of ACTA's Cultural Equity Dialogues, a series of interactive articles exploring topics relating to cultural equity and folk & traditional arts.  You are invited to join this conversation by posting your own comments and stories below.

Once, a long time ago, there lived a powerful hermit.  He had under his tutelage three very capable and intelligent students and wanted to bestow a most precious gift upon the most deserving of them.  There was Moni Mekhala, goddess of the seas, and the storm demon Ream Eyso; Prince Vorachhun studied magic with the wise man as well.  Seeing their abilities, the hermit could not decide who to give his gift to so he conceived a contest in which the winner would receive the prize.  He told his students sitting in respect below him, whom he loved like his own children, “Whoever should bring me back a glass full of morning dew first will be master of this gift.”

ACTA Launches a Series of Online Dialogues about Cultural Equity

Hirokazu Kosaka and Anna Beatrice Scott at ACTA's cultural equity forumWhat does cultural equity mean from your point of view?  What actions need to be taken to change systems resulting in cultural equity in its broadest sense?

On February 11, 2010, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) hosted a community forum, Building Cultural Equity through the Traditional Arts, facilitated by Jerry Yoshitomi of Meaning Matters LLC, in Los Angeles, raising these questions to a group of traditional artists, arts funders, community leaders, and cultural equity advocates.  The result was a rich, broad-ranging discussion about cultural equity from diverse perspectives.  Personal stories and challenges were shared, along with questions, and ultimately, a call to action.

Building on this effort, ACTA is now working to expand and deepen this conversation.  Over the next four months, we present four different topics related to cultural equity – Leadership, Media, Artistic Marginalization, and Sustainability one each month.  We will post comments and discussion from the community forum in Los Angeles.  We then invite you to think about this topic and post your own comments and stories.  Our hope is to develop an online community dialogue across California, and beyond – expanding and building on this topic.

The topic for May is Leadership.  Please click the Read More link below to follow the discussion as it began in February and post your comments on this topic.