ACTA Announces 2010 Living Cultures Grants Program Grantees

ACTA - Posted on 18 January 2010

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 Photo of master musician Chamroeun Ploy Ngam demonstrating to students in Oakland how to play the "tro"The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) is pleased to announce that it is awarding $296,000 in grants to California nonprofit organizations to support exemplary projects in folk and traditional arts in the fifth annual round of its Living Cultures Grants Program.  Forty-three grants across the state represent a diversity of community-based traditional arts including Native Californian Mono basketry in Madera and Fresno counties; an annual Dragon Boat Festival in San Diego; traditional taiko music at festivals in Shasta and Siskiyou counties; a Cambodian New Year celebration in San Bernardino; traditional African and African-influenced dance, drumming and song in San Francisco; and the celebration of Japanese culture in Santa Cruz.  One hundred twenty-four applications were reviewed by a distinguished panel of cultural and community experts over a three-day period, and the final grant selections were approved by ACTA’s board of directors.  ACTA’s funding partners include the Walter and Elise Haas Fund; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; the Metabolic Studio, a direct chartable activity of the Annenberg Foundation led by artist Lauren Bon; and the James Irvine Foundation.  ACTA is supported by the California Arts Council and is its statewide partner in serving the folk & traditional arts field.

“From Siskiyou County down to San Diego, our 2010 grantees span the state,” noted Amy Kitchener, ACTA Executive Director.  “Our goal is to support the wealth of California’s diverse cultural traditions.”  In its five-year history, the Living Cultures Grants Program has supported nearly 200 community-based projects with over $1 million.  “We are reaching into many corners of the state,” continues Kitchener, “with small, strategic funding that makes a huge difference to our grantees.”

2010 Grantees

Arab Cultural & Community Center, San Francisco ($5,000) to support the 16th Annual Arab Cultural Festival in the fall of 2010 in Golden Gate Park.  

Asian American Resource Center, San Bernardino ($7,500) to support traditional performances during the Cambodian New Year celebration on April 17, 2010.  

Banteay Srei, Oakland ($7,500) to support “Southeast Asian Unity through Cultural Exploration,” or SAUCE, an intergenerational project bringing at-risk young women together with community elders to experience Southeast Asian culinary arts and traditional storytelling.

Bay Area Flamenco Partnership, Oakland ($7,500) to support artist fees for the legendary Gitano dance artist Angelita Vargas and company to perform at this year's Festival of Flamenco Arts & Traditions and teach a series of master classes and workshops for the public in the spring of 2010.  

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, Berkeley ($7,500) to support art fees for four exemplary traditional musicians at the convention in September 2010.

Blue Creek Ah Pah Traditional Yurok Village, Orick ($7,500) to support the completion of the Brush Dance Pit and ready it for the first Brush Dance at Ah Pah in the summer of 2010.  

Cambodian Community Development Center, Inc., Oakland ($7,500) to support free weekly music lessons by master musicians Nhep Prok and Chamroeun Ployngam.

Camp Fareta, Berkeley, ($6,500) to support this residential West African drum and dance workshop held in Hye Sierra, near Fresno, on July 11-18, 2010.  

City of San Fernando, San Fernando, ($7,500) to support the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program, a program that brings together mariachi master musicians with 140 underserved youth between the ages of 10-19.

CubaCaribe, San Francisco, ($7,500) to support the 6th Annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music in April and May 2010.  

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company
, Oakland, ($7,500) to support the the 15th Annual Collage des Cultures Africaines on March 11-14, 2010, with over 100 artists and 2,000 participants.

Ektaa Center, Irvine, ($5,000) to support the project, “Nachle India 2,” a series of performances which will juxtapose at least three classical Indian dance disciplines in traditional and progressive concerts in May 2010.

Familia Indigena Unida, San Diego, ($7,500) to support the Mixtec intergenerational program, concentrating on the making of mole, handmade tortillas and tenate, a small basket to hold tortillas, as a way of engaging families in a community building effort.   

Fresh Meat Productions
, San Francisco, ($5,000) to support the project “Queer Traditions,” which will commission work from two queer traditional artists to premiere at the annual Fresh Meat Performance Festival in June 2010.

Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United, Inc., Los Angeles, ($7,500) to support classes in Garifuna drumming, dance and language, both written and spoken, held in five eight-week sessions throughout the year.

Global Women Intact, San Francisco, ($6,750) to support five days of traditional African and African-influenced dance, drumming and song on November 3-7, 2010, to raise awareness of the role of women in West Africa and educate against the practice of female genital circumcision.

Photo of "New Homeland" woodcut by Amy UyekiInk People Center for the Arts, Inc., Humboldt ($7,500) to support the project “Sharing Senryu with Nikkei: An Interdisciplinary, Intergenerational Approach” focusing on multiple generations of Japanese Americans within one family to be presented in San Jose and Los Angeles.  

Japanese Cultural Fair, Santa Cruz, ($7,500) to support this free one-day event, marking its 24th year as a comprehensive celebration of Japanese culture, on June 19, 2010.  

25th Annual Jewish Music Festival, Berkeley, ($7,500) to support vocalist and scholar Aron Saltiel in concerts highlighting the traditions of the little known Jewish Ottoman heritage in the summer in Northern and Southern California.  

Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts, Los Angeles, ($7,500) to support the Philippine Dance Gathering and Workshops on July 28-August 1, 2010, on the campus of Southwestern College in San Diego.

Klez California, Inc., Berkeley, ($7,500) to support their Yiddish culture festival presented President’s Day weekend in Palo Alto featuring klezmer music, Yiddish language and literature, singing and dancing.

Kodo Arts Sphere America, Los Angeles, ($7,500) to support master folk artists Chieko Kojima, Mitsue Kinjo and Yoko Fujimoto who will present workshops and performances in Los Angeles, San Jose and Sebastopol in June 2010.

Lahydi Dance Theater, Oakland, ($7,500) to support the sixth annual Guinea Dance and Drum Festival on April 28-May 2, 2010, in the East Bay.

LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble, San Francisco, ($7,500) to support “Asia on Stage,” a pan-Asian performance program that promotes traditional Asian cultural expression through dance and music in September.

Merced Lao Family Community, Inc., Merced, ($5,000) to support instruction in traditional Hmong dances and musical instruction in playing the reed instrument known as Qeej to the Hmong Cultural Youth Group, ages eight to eighteen.

Mexican Heritage Corporation, San Jose, ($7,500) to support the educational workshops at the 19th Annual San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival on September 19-26, 2010.  

Mindanao Lilang Lilang/Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble, San Francisco, ($5,000) to support the purchase of instruments for the Filipino Community Center and Balboa High School to continue the tradition of kulintang.

Photo of Seasonal Dishes workshop at the Oakland Asian Cultural CenterMono Basketweavers, Coarsegold, ($7,500) to support the project “Nugwa Akapotno Tugwishiwai,” meaning “we will weave acorn baskets from rosebud” in the language of the Mono and Chukchansi Native people in Madera and Fresno Counties.  

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, San Francisco, ($7,500) to support a series of cultural immersion workshops for practitioners of hula on Hawaiian language, dance and history provided by Hawaiian elders and experts.

North American Guqin Association, San Francisco, ($7,500) to support “The Art of Quqin: Beyond a Museum Piece,” a series of workshops and concerts at the Asian Art Museum in the spring of 2010.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland, ($7,500) to support the project “Seasonal Dishes,” continuing a series of culinary workshops targeted for at risk youth and youth in foster care from February through December 2010.

P.A.R.T.I.: Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Program, San Jose ($5,000) to support the project “Fusion,” targeting youth, ages 12-19, in the greater Alameda County area to learn about the history of the art form of step-dancing, or stepping, and to develop leadership skills and healthy lifestyle choices.

Pilipino Workers Center, Los Angeles, ($7,500) to support “Hi Fi Haranas,” an intergenerational cultural exchange between Filipino elders and Filipino and Latino youth.

Photo of the Hi Fi Haranas intergenerational cultural exchange at the Pilipino Workers CenterPride of Erin Ceili Dancers, San Diego, ($4,872) to support a series of workshops in the sean nós or old style Irish step in Southern California in anticipation of the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day.  

Rara Tou Limen Afro-Haitian Dance Company, Oakland, ($7,500) to support RASANBLE! Haitian Arts and Culture Festival on July 14-18, 2010.  

REACH LA (Realistic Education in Action Coalition to foster Health), Los Angeles, ($7,500) to support the project to document the history of the West Coast Ball community in Los Angeles.

San Diego Alliance for Asian American Pacific Islander Americans, San Diego, ($5,000) to support the annual Dragon Boat Festival which highlights the pageantry and rituals of the more than 2,000 year old Chinese tradition of dragon boat racing on May 1, 2010.

Sangati Community Center for South Asian Music, San Francisco, ($7,500) to support artist fees for thirty-six public chamber concerts of Indian classical music between February and July 2010.  

Siskiyou Arts Council, Mount Shasta, ($3,150) to support Shasta Taiko, who will perform traditional taiko at three summer festivals for the general public in Shasta and Siskiyou counties.  

STEPOLOGY, San Francisco, ($7,500) to support the Bay Area Tap Festival, a week long event featuring workshops, classes, main stage performances, a community showcase performance, and a panel discussion in August 2010.  

The Music Circle, Pasadena, ($7,500) to support artist fees to present two master artists in two concerts: the virtuoso sitarist Shujaat Khan and virtuoso sarod player Aashish Khan, each with their own ensembles, in concerts on February 6 and May 8, 2010.

Voice of Roma, Sebastopol, ($7,500) to support the 14th Annual Herdeljezi Festival, a traditional Romani (gypsy) cultural arts festival celebrating the spring equinox on April 30 & May 1, 2010.

Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Redding, ($7,000) to support the creation of ceremonial regalia that was lost in a fire in 2009.  

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