Traditional Arts Roundtable Series 2010


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 2010, ACTA held the following Traditional Arts Roundtables:

Borderlands: A Conversation About Immigration and the Arts
La Mesa: Alliance for California Traditional Arts Salon -- October 21
Worksample Laboratory for Traditional and Tradition-Based Artists -- September 26
Worksample Laboratory for Traditional and Tradition-Based Artist -- July 17
Grassroots Fundraising for Traditional Artists and Organizations with Jerry Yoshitomi
La Mesa: Alliance for California Traditional Arts Salon -- June 5
La Mesa: Alliance for California Traditional Arts Salon -- April 2
Small Business Development for Traditional Artists

 

BORDERLANDS: A CONVERSATION ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND THE ARTS

Saturday, November 13, 2010
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
CounterPULSE
1310 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

Leading thinkers, activists and artists gather to discuss some of the issues raised by the Performing Diaspora performances and the Living Past visual arts exhibition in an interactive, participatory conversation hosted by ACTA\'s Traditional Arts Roundtable Series, the California Institute for Integral Studies, and CounterPULSE.

Participating Panelists: Sherwood Chen, Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Kutay Kugay, Jessica Robinson Love, Amitis Motevalli, Prumsodun Ok, Omar Pimienta, Devendra Sharma, Pallavi Sharma, Deirdre Visser

About the Performing Diaspora Program
Borderlands is part of CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora Program.  Performing Diaspora is a festival, residency program, commissioning program, and symposium featuring dance, music, theater, media and interdisciplinary artists who are using traditional forms as a basis for experimentation and innovation.

From Kathak to Flamenco and from Tabla to Taiko, California is home to many diverse and talented practitioners of traditional performance. Despite this abundance, few opportunities exist for artists who wish to challenge, expand or experiment with their own traditional art forms. Many of these artists have begun to flock to CounterPULSE, an organization with a long-standing reputation for nurturing experimentation.

Listen to a recording of this roundtable on CounterPULSE's website.

 

LA MESA: ALLIANCE FOR CALIFORNIA TRADITIONAL ARTS SALON

Drummers perform at ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series

Thursday, October 21, 2010
8:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom Street @ 23rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
FREE (Donations welcome)

Join ACTA and Red Poppy Art House in an intimate evening of sharing at La Mesa ("the table" in Spanish), a traditional arts salon featuring the work of culture bearers in our own backyards, many of whom are current or former artists in ACTA's programs.   The evening will highlight several world class artists up close and personal, sharing and talking about their art.  Light refreshments available for sale.

Featured artists include:

Traditional Tibetan thangka painter and fine artist ANG TSHERIN SHERPA will discuss the meditative thangka making process and his practice as a traditional artist, and the pushing and experimenting of formal and topical boundaries in his paintings.

GRUPO AGUACERO will fill the Red Poppy with sounds of Afro-Puerto Rican bomba y plena, and share the history of the tradition and demonstrate bomba's intercambio between drum and dance, followed by a chance to dance with them.  Featuring artists Shefali Shah, Hector Lugo, Sandra Garcia Rivera, Christina Navarro, Rico Pabon and Ali Luna.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: 

ANG TSHERIN SHERPA was born in 1968 in Kathmandu, Nepal.  He started studying thangka painting at the age of twelve under the skillful guidance of his father, Master Urgen Dorje, a renowned thangka artist from Ngyalam, Tibet.  After six years of intense formal training, Tsherin went to Taiwan to study Mandarin and computer science.  Three years later, he returned to Nepal and resumed working with his father in numerous projects that included painting thangkas and monastery murals.

Tsherin came to the US in 1998 and worked as a thangka artist and as an instructor at The Healing Buddha Center in California.  Presently, he lives in Oakland, California, where he continues to paint thangkas and to offer classes in thangka painting.

GRUPO AGUACERO, directed by Shefali Shah and Hector Lugo, is a performance and education project focusing on the traditions and contemporary creative expressions of Afro Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance.  Aguacero literally means a sudden heavy rainstorm usually followed by a refreshing sky clearing and gust of sunshine.  The spirit and practice of Bomba, like an aguacero, is intense, healing and promotes life and growth.  Through song, music and dance, Aguacero embodies the life, energy, and continuity of water in nature.  Bomba is a living cultural music and dance form born in the sugar plantations of Puerto Rico over three hundred years ago.  Used as a form of resistance and relief, Bomba provided a setting for enslaved Africans to creatively express what they were living through daily as well as an organized means of rebellion against colonial powers.  Through cultural resistance and family lineage, Bomba has been kept alive through many years of struggle and persecution.  Today, Bomba is experiencing a renaissance in Puerto Rico and the U.S. and is practiced and studied as a tool for cultural enrichment, community health and empowerment, and artistic expression.  Aguacero is directed by Shefali Shah with musical direction by Hector Lugo and the collaboration of Bay Area artists practicing, studying, and performing Bomba and other Puerto Rican folkloric traditions.  Shefali Shah and Hector Lugo teach youth and adult classes at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.  For more information: bombayplena@sbcglobal.net or 510-681-1036.

 

WORKSAMPLE LABORATORY FOR TRADITIONAL AND TRADITION-BASED ARTISTS

Sunday, September 26, 2010
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino America)
510 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
FREE

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 grant applications and proposals.

Joined by artists and artist advocates Roko Kawai (Philadelphia Folklore Project, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), Diem Jones (Arts Council Silicon Valley, VONA Voices) and ACTA staff, the opening hour will address work sample and documentation challenges for traditional artists, with sage tips 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 show and share 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 learn what other artists are doing with their work samples. To RSVP and to sign up for a slot to show your sample, contact us via email or at (415) 346-3800 soon.

 

WORKSAMPLE LABORATORY FOR TRADITIONAL AND TRADITION-BASED ARTISTS

Saturday, July 17, 2010
2:00 pm to 5:00pm
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 grant applications and proposals.

Facilitated by Tyese Wortham (World Arts West/San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival) the opening hour will address work sample and documentation challenges for traditional artists, with sage tips from Frances Phillips (Creative Work Fund/Walter & Elise Haas Fund) and others 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 show and share 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 learn what other artists are doing with their work samples. To RSVP and to sign up for a slot to show your sample, contact us via email or at (415) 346-3800 soon.

 

GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING FOR TRADITIONAL ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS with JERRY YOSHITOMI

Sunday, June 6, 2010
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino America)
510 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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.

We’re asking that each participating organization or artist designate two people to participate in the workshop.  The first might be the group/organization 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.

Register now by contacting ACTA at sherwood@actaonline.org or (415) 346-3800.

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.
 

 

LA MESA: ALLIANCE FOR CALIFORNIA TRADITIONAL ARTS SALON

Saturday, June 5, 2010
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
(Part of Mission Arts and Performance Project (MAPP) - 1:00 pm to midnight)

Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom Street @ 23rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Join ACTA and Red Poppy Art House in an intimate evening of sharing at La Mesa ("the table" in Spanish), a traditional arts salon featuring the work of culture bearers in our own backyards who are current or former artists in ACTA\'s programs.   The evening will highlight several world class artists up close and personal, sharing and talking about their art.  Featured artists include kumu hula Shawna Kealameleku\'uleialoha Alapa\'i of  Halau Hula Na Pua O Ka La\'akea; ; and other special guests. 

This June ACTA salon is part of MAPP (Mission Arts Performance Project), a bi-monthly, intercultural and interdisciplinary community arts event free to the public, which runs from 1:00 pm to midnight and offers a variety of artists sharing work in neighborhood spaces, homes, and galleries. 

 

LA MESA: ALLIANCE FOR CALIFORNIA TRADITIONAL ARTS SALON

Friday, April 2, 2010
7:00 pm - Peer-to-peer roundtable
8:00 pm - Artist Salon

Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom Street @ 23rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Join ACTA and Red Poppy Art House in an intimate evening of sharing at La Mesa (\"the table\" in Spanish), our first FREE traditional arts salon featuring the work of culture bearers in our own backyards who are current or former artists in ACTA\'s programs.   The evening will highlight several world class artists up close and personal sharing and talking about their art. Featured artists including Native Californian Pomo basketmaker Elaine M. Quitiquit, Tibetan musician, vocalist and composer Techung, and classical Chinese erhu musician Xiaofeng Zhang with her apprentice Eric T. Jung, along with special guests.

At 7:00p, preceding the salon, traditional artists, traditional arts organizations and community groups are welcome to an open roundtable to brainstorm and share feedback 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 and share your questions, ideas and concerns with other thoughtful colleagues.

 

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOR TRADITIONAL ARTISTS

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
The San Francisco Foundation
225 Bush Street, Suite 500 (@ Sansome, near Montgomery BART)
San Francisco, CA 94104

Ever thought about developing or improving the small business side of your work as a traditional artist?  Join us for a free participatory session focused on starting or growing your own business, facilitated by Sofia Campos from Women’s Initiative for Self Employment (WISE) and Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo from The San Francisco Foundation.

This session offers tools for you to self-assess your business ideas and develops next steps to launching your enterprise. Wherever you are at with your ideas, you will develop your own business action plan and learn about successful examples of artist entrepreneurs who have participated in WISE’s business management training course.

The session will include a discussion on WISE’s programs, micro-lending and other small business development resources and programs in the Bay Area.  Both men and women are welcome to attend. No prior business experience required, but be prepared to work on your business ideas!

This session is free, and light dinner will be provided, but reservations are required.