Traditional Arts Roundtable Series 2008


With generous support from The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission, ACTA’s Traditional Arts Roundtable Series strengthens San Francisco Bay Area intercultural traditional arts networks and leadership, and offers opportunities for traditional artists and advocates to learn from one another through intimate discussion, technical assistance, networking, and sharing community-based arts and culture.

In 2008, ACTA held the following Traditional Arts Roundtables:

How to Grow Your Project, How to Know When to Stop: A Discussion on Organizational Sustainability by People in the Trenches
The Role of New Technology in Traditional Arts
To Be Traditional Is To Be Political: Folk and Traditional Arts as a Vehicle for Social Change
Mother Tongues: Language Preservation, Interpretation and The Power of Words
Audience Development and Marketing
Ethnic and Mainstream Media Today
Investigating the Post-Multicultural Landscape: Experimentation, Representation and Appropriation in Traditional Arts
Work Sample Open Laboratory

 

How To Grow Your Project, How to Know When to Stop: A Discussion on Organizational Sustainability by People in the Trenches

Monday, June 23, 2008 (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia Street, 94103

Featured Participants:
John Daly – Executive Director, Croatian Cultural Center
Suzy Thompson – Director, Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
Marcia Treidler, Artistic Director
Jennifer Walsh, Executive Director – Abada Capoeira

Description: Successful and hopeful models of long term sustainability of traditional arts programs, practices, festivals and teaching, and the pitfalls and challenges which often arise with such grassroots efforts, including burn out, volunteer engagement, where’s the money?, and tempering growth in the face of popular response.

 

The Role of New Technology in Traditional Arts

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
Bay Area Video Coalition, 2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA  94110

Featured Participants:
Eugene Chan – Director of Technology, Community Technology Foundation
Chike Nwoffiah - Director, Oriki Theater; Filmmaker
Anuradha Sridhar - South Indian Classical Carnatic Violinist

Description:
Discussion about opportunities and their experiences.  Includes examples of online and media tools for promotion, learning and cultural transmission.  Also includes discussion about the digital divide, new network developments online and online-only trends respective to opportunities and application/proposal processes.

 

To Be Traditional Is To Be Political: Folk and Traditional Arts as a Vehicle for Social Change

Thursday, June 5, 2008 (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
Global Exchange, 2017 Mission Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, 94110

Featured Participants:
Pimm Allen – Traditional Arts Coordinator, United Indian Health Services
Regina Califa Calloway – The vivaARTS Network
Melody Takata – Director, Gen Taiko

Description: In a time of innovation and globalization, how can one articulate one’s power in practicing traditional arts?  How can one develop into a cultural organizer? This session looks at the strategic ways in which one can consider their traditional arts practice as a means to mobilize communities and make one’s voice heard. Includes discussing the role of culture bearers as community leaders, best practices, politics and cultural identity, and sharing of social justice resources and organizations.

 

Mother Tongues: Language Preservation, Interpretation and The Power of Words

Sunday, April 27, 2008 (2:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
Bayanihan House, San Francisco

Featured Participants:  
Shawna Kealameleku’uleialoha Alapa’i – Kumu Hula, Halau Hula Na Pua O Ka La\'akea
L. Frank - Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival   
Ruben Guzman – Mexican Cartonería Artist
Ling Mei Zhang – Wu Shu Swordmaster

Description: In an English-dominant world, what role does language play in cultural transmission, heritage and intergenerational relations?  Join a rich discussion with indigenous, newcomer, and first- and second- generation born folk and traditional artists, storytellers and singers to discuss language impacts, best practices and challenges around language preservation, perpetuation and cultural transmission.

 

Audience Development and Marketing

Saturday, April 5, 2008 (10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
The San Francisco Foundation, 225 Bush Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, 94104

Featured Participants:
Eugene Rodriguez – Director, Los Cenzontles
Celine Schein, Farah Shaikh, Rina Mehta – Executive Director, Chhadnam Chitresh Das Dance Company

Description: Considered one of the most pressing concerns amongst past and present Alliance program participants, this peer-to-peer, participatory session will highlight community-specific strategies to strengthen audiences, as well as examine innovative examples to identify new audiences for traditional artists and community groups. Whether you are seasoned at reaching your target audiences or expanding to new ones, or if you are just beginning to consider these issues, this session will offer opportunities to brainstorm, reflect and share strategies to promote the work you are doing as a traditional artist or advocate.

 

Ethnic and Mainstream Media Today

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
ZeroDivide, 425 Bush Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94108

Featured Participants:  
Andrew Lam – Writer; Editor, New America Media
Samuel Orozco – Senior Producer, Radio Bilingüe (the National Latino Public Radio Network)

Description: With the “new” majority in California clearly not the classic mainstream, what resources are available in the media?  How is this new America represented?  How does media coverage help or hinder you and your work?  This convening will invite media workers to discuss the changing and expanding field that is both of vital importance to artists who depend on publicity, as well as artists who wish to see coverage of ethnic America break the barrier of exotica.

 

Investigating the Post-Multicultural Landscape: Experimentation, Representation and Appropriation in Traditional Arts

Thursday, February 21, 2008 (7:00 pm to 10:00 pm)
counterPULSE, 1310 Mission St. (near 9th), San Francisco, CA  94103

Featured Participants:
Danongan Kalanduyan – Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble
Prumsodun Ok – Classical Cambodian dancer and filmmaker
Teela Shine – New Style Motherlode
Joti Singh – Duniya Dance Ensemble

Description: As part of the Dance Discourse Project – an ongoing series of artist-curated conversations about specific topics in the Bay Area contemporary dance scene in partnership with counterPULSE, Dancer’s Group, and choreographer Mary Armentrout – this gathering will address the multi-faceted complexities of Bay Area work that utilizes tradition-based dance forms.  We will examine cultural and intercultural contexts linked to performance and identity.  Featured artists will share examples of their work to provoke discussions on issues including articulation, recording or rediscovering traditions, transmission, experimentation, and context.

 

Work Sample Open Laboratory

Sunday, February 10, 2008 (1:00 pm to 4:30 pm)
Bay Area Video Coalition, 2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA  94110

Featured Participants:
Rob Bailis – ODC Theater
Kutay Kugay – KPFA’s Music of the World and San Francisco World Music Festival/Door Dog Music Productions
Frances Phillips – Walter & Elise Haas Fund and Creative Work Fund

Description: How do you best represent and document your work?  To people who may not be familiar with the complexities of a tradition?  In merely a few minutes?  Join us with other artists, presenters, and funders in conversation about artist work samples (video, audio, images, etc.) which are often required to accompany competitive grant applications and proposals.  The opening hour will address work sample and documentation challenges for traditional artists, how to put your best foot forward in representing your work, what review panels look for, and resources to develop compelling work samples. The second part of the session will offer a chance for traditional artists to openly share audio, video, or visual work samples to spark supportive discussion, feedback, questions, and insights amongst participants.  Sign up to show your work or come to share your perspective and to learn what other artists are doing with their work samples.