ACTA Welcomes Interns Jazmín Morales and Eric Morales

ACTA - Posted on 31 May 2011

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ACTA interns Jazmín Morales (left) and Eric MoralesThe Alliance for California Traditional Arts is pleased to welcome two interns to the ACTA family!

Jazmín Natalia Morales, a student in Ethnomusicology at UCLA, recently joined ACTA and is working in the Southern California region.  Jazmín, a Mariachi practitioner herself, is helping develop an online Mariachi resource guide and conducting site visits with current Living Cultures Grants Program projects that focus on Latino music.  She is also involved in the implementation of the project Activating Cultural Assets in Building Healthy Communities Places, which includes creating profiles of individual artists and arts related organizations in 14 sites throughout California.

Eric Cesar Morales, a graduate student in folklore at Indiana University, is working on various projects in the Central Valley, including an evaluation of the Traditional Arts Sustainability Project and the Activating Cultural Assets in Building Healthy Communities Places project.

More about Jazmín and Eric:

Jazmín Natalia Morales is a second year undergraduate in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA.  As an accomplished violinist, Jazmín served as concertmaster for her symphony and first violinist of Mariachi Mujer 2000, and has played everywhere from Beijing, China, to Carnegie Hall.  As a rising leader in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA, she serves as a student director of Mariachi de UCLAtlán and founder/director of Trio Huasteco de UCLA, as well as vice president of the Ethnomusicology Undergraduate Student Organization.  Her research interests include: commoditization of traditional music, gender roles in regional Mexican music, and origins of the son.  After attaining her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, Jazmín looks forward to a rigorous course of graduate studies and a promising career in the public sector.

Eric Cesar Morales is a graduate student in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He is the recipient of the Graduate Scholars Fellowship.  His interests include Latino folk belief and foodways, as well as the depiction of Latinos in the media.  Currently, his work focuses on the dance and culture of Tahiti and how it manifests itself in festivals.  For the past ten years he has been a key figure in the ongoing success of the Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete, the oldest Tahitian dance competition outside of Tahiti, now in its 32nd year.  After completion of his Ph.D. in Folklore, he plans to continue working in the public sector, encouraging the proliferation and appreciation of the folk arts from the Central Valley.

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