Traditional Arts Roundtable Series 2009


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 2009, ACTA held the following Traditional Arts Roundtables:

The Way to One\'s Heart: Traditonal Foodways - November 19, 2009
Performing Diaspora Symposium - November 7, 2009
Communications Strategy - October 3, 2009
Grassroots Fundraising (Los Angeles) - September 17, 2009
Sacred Work in a Secular World: Faith-Based Traditional Arts - September 13, 2009
Work Sample Open Laboratory - July 18, 2009
La Mesa: A Peer-to-Peer Salon and Clinic - June 30, 2009
Grassroots Fundraising - June 14, 2009

THE WAY TO ONE’S HEART: TRADITIONAL FOODWAYS

Thursday, November 19, 2009
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607

This celebratory potluck salon/gathering puts food at the center of the conversation and in participants’ bellies, addressing its importance in different cultures, be it eaten and/or offered.  Emphasis will be as much on the cooks in the kitchen, as the edibles they craft. Also a discussion on non-food related aspects of maintaining traditional foodways, as well as the issues pertaining to access to and sustaining sources of local ingredients.

Listen to a recording of this roundtable by clicking play below:

 

PERFORMING DIASPORA SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, November 7, 2009
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
counterPULSE
1310 Mission St. (near 9th)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Stemming from TARS 2008’s partnership with Dance Discourse Project, this daylong symposium is part of CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora, a pilot festival, residency program, commissioning program, and symposium featuring dance, music, theater, media and interdisciplinary artists throughout the state who are using traditional forms as a basis for experimentation and innovation. Designed in partnership with CounterPULSE and its festival curators, the symposium will feature local and visiting artists, challenging artists and audiences to explore provocative questions around tradition-based artists actively experimenting in their forms.  


COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY

Saturday, October 3, 2009
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607

Built upon the communications needs, interests and experiences of the participants, Contemporéa principal Salvador Acevedo will lead participants in discussing examples of how organizations can use cross-cultural communications to bridge and build new audiences within and beyond one’s own community.  The session will include discussion of participant case studies, problem solving and considering new, culturally competent communications strategies to communicate the work you do with other communities, organizations and the general public.  Reservations required. 

About Salvador Acevedo
Salvador leads marketing and communications consulting group Contemporánea with an unrivaled sensibility to understand communities and exceptional strategic vision. Bringing more than 15 years of experience in communications, he has a background in research, communications, education, and integrated marketing. As founder of Contemporánea his entrepreneurial and executive experience spans arts production and management, and community outreach. Executive experience includes the Mexican Museum and the Mexican Cultural Center. He’s originally from Mexico City and holds a Masters degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and marketing diploma from UC Berkeley.


GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING (LOS ANGELES)

Thursday, September 17, 2009
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
1055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017

During tenuous economic times, traditional artists and organizations can employ methods to raise funds directly from people in their own communities. Inspired by the Obama campaign’s success in raising $25 contributions from large numbers of people, seasoned community leader and fundraising consultant Jerry Yoshitomi will facilitate a FREE (registration required) intensive, hands-on workshop with participants to deploy methods from that campaign. Jerry will also draw upon a number of successful fundraising techniques to help you craft your own plan for fundraising success.

ACTA asks that each participating organization or artist designate two people to participate in the workshop.  The first might be the group leader or artist.  The second might be a committed ally/colleague and a thinking partner who knows your work. At least one of the two people should have basic technology or web-based skills.

In order to assure that participants create effective action plans, space is extremely limited, and registration is required and available on a first come, first served basis.

 

This session presented in partnership with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

About Jerry Yoshitomi
Gerald D. (Jerry) Yoshitomi is the Chief Knowledge Officer for his company, MeaningMatters, LLC.  He has been engaged nationally and internationally by foundations, public arts agencies, arts organizations and individual artists to read, research, and provoke innovative new practices, with just-in-time knowledge to increase: participation in the arts; personal benefits and public value of the arts, artists and arts organizations; adaptability, creativity and leadership in changing environments; and earned and contributed income. He was Lead Consultant on Information and Network Strategies for LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity), a national initiative to improve the lives/conditions of artists, and was the longtime Executive Director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles. Methods from his writings/workshops have been successfully implemented by several thousand arts workers and arts organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to increase attendance and earned/contributed income.


SACRED WORK IN A SECULAR WORLD: Faith-Based Traditional Arts

Sunday, September 13, 2009
10:00 am to 12:00pm, followed by optional lunch next door at the Thai Buddhist Temple of Berkeley
Thai Cultural Center of the San Francisco Bay Area
1911 Russell Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

Join artists and organizations of diverse faiths and cultural expressions, including Virada Chatikul from the Thai Cultural Center, in a discussion on how traditional art forms which are linked to spiritual practice (inclusive of altar-making traditions, rituals and ceremonies) are perpetuated, developed and adapted.  This session explores interfaith dialogue and resources, means of support, and special considerations for artists working in the realm of the sacred.

Listen to a recording of this roundtable by clicking play below:

 

WORK SAMPLE OPEN LABORATORY

Saturday, July 18, 2009
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Bay Area Video Coalition
2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94110

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.  Facilitated by Tyese Wortham (World Arts West) the opening hour will address work sample and documentation challenges for traditional artists, with tips from Rob Bailis (ODC Theater) and Frances Phillips (Creative Work Fund/Walter & Elise Haas Fund) on 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 and organizations to openly share audio, video, or visual work samples (first come, first served) to spark supportive discussion, direct feedback, questions, and insights amongst participants in the room. Sign up to show your work or come to share your perspective and to learn what other artists are doing with their work samples.

 

LA MESA: A Peer-to-Peer Salon and Clinic

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom Street (@ 23rd Street)
San Francisco, CA 94104

La Mesa means "the table" in Spanish, and these informal peer-to-peer clinics/salons invite traditional artists and organizations to the table to provide peer-to-peer brainstorming, feedback and perspectives on your most burning issues as a traditional arts advocate.  Whether you are experienced or green, this facilitated group dialogue offers a chance to vet your questions and concerns with other thoughtful colleagues. Bring your own dinner, questions and challenges you face as a traditional artist or organization, and, if you are inspired, a song, dance, or art to share with new (and old) colleagues in our backyards. Light refreshments served. RSVP strongly recommended, as space is limited.

 

GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING

Sunday, June 14, 2009
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The San Francisco Foundation
225 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104

During tenuous economic times, traditional artists and organizations can employ methods to raise funds directly from people in their own communities. Inspired by the Obama campaign’s success in raising $25 contributions from large numbers of people, seasoned community leader and fundraising consultant Jerry Yoshitomi will facilitate an intensive, hands-on workshop with participants to deploy methods from that campaign. Jerry will also draw upon a number of successful fundraising techniques to help you craft your own plan for fundraising success.

We’re asking that each participating group or artist designate two people to participate in the workshop.  The first might be the group leader or artist.  The second might be a committed ally and a thinking partner. At least one of the two should have basic technology or web-based skills.  In order to assure that participants create effective action plans, registration is required, as capacity is extremely limited.

 

About Jerry Yoshitomi
Gerald D. (Jerry) Yoshitomi is the Chief Knowledge Officer for his company, Meaning Matters, LLC.  He has been engaged nationally and internationally by foundations, public arts agencies, arts organizations and individual artists to read, research, and provoke innovative new practices, with just-in-time knowledge to increase: participation in the arts; personal benefits and public value of the arts, artists and arts organizations; adaptability, creativity and leadership in changing environments; and earned and contributed income. He was Lead Consultant on Information and Network Strategies for LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity), a national initiative to improve the lives/conditions of artists, and was the longtime Executive Director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles. Methods from his writings/workshops have been successfully implemented by several thousand arts workers and arts organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to increase attendance and earned/contributed income.

Listen to a recording of this roundtable by clicking play below: