Dear Friends of ACTA's Apprenticeship Program: A Letter from Master Artists

ACTA - Posted on 11 December 2012

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Three weeks ago we informed you that ACTA has been forced to reduce the number of awards for the Apprenticeship Program from 24 in 2009 to 17 in 2012 and possibly as few as 15 in 2013.  We seek to raise $6,000 to support two additional Master/Apprentice pairs, maintaining in 2013 the same number (17) of pairs as 2012.

We each contributed at least $10 and asked that you do the same. We thank those who stepped forward to contribute.  Forty-one donors (names listed below) have already contributed amounts between $10 and $1000 for a total of $2,145.  It’s not too late for you to join the list of donors by our goal of December 19, 2012.  After you donate, please pass on this message to others to join you.  To support, go to: or mail a check to ACTA’s Fresno office (1245 Van Ness Ave. Fresno CA 93721).


Master Artist Jennifer Bates
Miwok Basket Weaver
Tuolumne Me-Wul Rancheria, Tuolumne, CA

Master Artist Patricia Montgomery  
African American Quilter
Oakland, CA

Master Artist Corey Chan
Chinese Lion Dance and Lion Head Contruction
San Francisco, CA

Thank you to those who have contributed to the 2013 Apprenticeship Program Campaign!
Allyson Allen, Amy Lawrence, Amy Kitchener, Ashwin Rode, Christopher Low, Corey Chan, Deborah Wong, Debra Kajiyama, Dorothy Wright, Edward Kissam, Emmett Castro, Gaylerd Thissell, Geraldine and Richard Hagopian, Heather Stevenot, Holly Calica, Jane Kahn, Jennifer Bates, Jerry Yoshitomi, Juan Diaz, Judy Gonzalez, Kathleen Knopoff, Kenya Curry, Libby Maynard, Lily Kharrazi, Lupe Gonzalez, Linda Yamane, M. Ortega, Nayamin Martinez, Patricia Montgomery, Patricia Wells, Patrick Makuakane, Patti Brown, Pimm and Alme Allen, Prudy Kohler, Prumsodun Ok, Quetzal Flores, Ramya Harishankar, Ron Ung, Rose and Armen Hagopian, Russell Rodriguez, Sally Lew, Sojin Kim, Trang Troung, Van Anh Thi Vo, & anonymous donors!


Jennifer Bates with her apprentice Jeri Scambler holding the basket Jeri made during their apprenticeship.Jennifer Bates:  It was a reward to receive recognition and compensation for the time, travel and work done with my apprentice, Jeri Scambler.  The Apprenticeship Program allowed us to work together without constraints.  It was also most fulfilling to be able to share the knowledge I was given, to an eager apprentice who was committed to learning and will share with her tribe what she learned and pass it along.  The rewards of this program are outstanding!

Patricia Montgomery with her apprentice Helen Anderson and the quilt Helen made during their apprenticeship.Patricia Montgomery: As a Master Artist in 2011 working with my apprentice, Helen Anderson, the ACTA Apprenticeship Program provided an opportunity to pass on the skills and the tradition of African American quilting. It is so important to continue this type of programming since it keeps the traditions alive.  So many of the quilters, that are a part of the African American Quilter Guild learned quilting and sewing from family members.  Since I taught myself how to sew and quilt it was an honor to pass down my skills, encourage creativity and produce story quilts with Helen, who will continue to share and tell about the African American experiences through quilting.

Corey Chan with his apprentice Chris Low and the lion head in the process of restoration.Corey Chan: ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program made it possible for me to spend time with my apprentice, Chris Low, who desired to deepen his knowledge of traditional Chinese lion head making. His wonderful documentation of the process (never before presented in such painstaking detail) has already been made available on the Internet for the purpose of preserving and promoting this disappearing art. Lion dance culture and lion dancers everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to Chris for his tireless efforts and to ACTA for its support of this worthy project.

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