Mission


The Alliance for California Traditional Arts promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by providing advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists.  From Ohlone basketry and African-American quilt-making to cowboy poetry and Vietnamese opera, California is home to hundreds of diverse traditions.

ACTA connects artists, communities, and funders to each other, information, and resources through grants and contracts, convenings, research, and technical assistance.  ACTA also provides advocacy through local and national field-building.  Recognized for its culturally competent leadership, intellectual capital, and excellence in program administration, ACTA is the California Arts Council's official partner in serving the state's folk and traditional arts field.

Dedicated to sustaining and fostering the growth of cultural traditions, ACTA ensures that its core values of respect, cultural pluralism, and cultural democracy permeate every aspect of its activity and programming.  ACTA helps people connect to their past and keep traditions a central part of life today and tomorow.  By supporting folk and traditional artists, ACTA supports the health, cultural continuity, and diversity of California.

ACTA was founded in 1997 by cultural workers, arts administrators, and traditional artists to address the void in statewide folk & traditional arts leadership.  The organization incorporated in 2001 and achieved 501(c)(3) status in December 2002.