Traditional Arts Roundtable Series 2012


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 2012, ACTA held the following Traditional Arts Roundtables:

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

LA MESA: HOW DO I KNOW WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL? AN EXPLORATION OF DIFFERING AESTHETICS FROM THE TRADITIONAL ARTS POINT OF VIEW

What is necessary to understand about culturally specific forms in order to appreciate them? What is valued as beauty in form? Smooth lines over rough texture? Color choices? Flat feet vs. pointed toe? Falsetto singing? Three artists/organizations will share their art forms to address the culturally specific "through lines." The discussion is open to all tradition and tradition-based artists and the public.

Where: Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom Street, San Francisco, 94110, (415) 826-2402

FREE

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Skill Building Sessions - March through May

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Saturday, March 3, 2012 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

SKILL BUILDING: BASIC GRANT WRITING SKILLS FOR FOLK & TRADITONAL ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATONS WITH FRANCES PHILIPS, PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF THE ARTS & THE CREATIVE WORK FUND AT THE WALTER & ELISE HAAS FUND.  Frances, a creative writer and poet, also teaches grant writing at San Francisco State University as a faculty member of the Technical and Professional Writing Program.

You will have an opportunity to learn from an expert instructor of grant writing as well as a foundation program director who reads and evaluates grants in all arts genres, including the folk & traditional arts, about the basics of a strong proposal.  This session will cover differences amongst types of grant funding sources, the structure of a standard grant proposal, budgeting basics, and general advice about approaching foundations.

Where: Oakland Museum of California, California Room, 1st level, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, 94607, (510) 318-8400

$20 suggested donation but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Saturday, March 31, 2012  • 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

SKILL BUILDING: WORK SAMPLE LABORATORY

Back by popular demand!  One of the most important components of any grant proposal is the work sample.  What do you need to consider when portraying your artistic expression for a grant submission?  Is an audio sample the best choice for a musician or should you be seen as well as heard on a DVD?  How do you best portray material arts?  What if your art form is participatory?  Bring in your own work samples for gentle critique and viewing; and view and experience some examples of successful and not so successful work samples.  A panel of experienced arts and cultural grants reviewers will share their good practices and tips with you.

Where: BAVC or Bay Area Video Coalition, 2727 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, 94110, (415) 861-3282

$20 suggested donation but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Thursday April 26, 2012  • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

SKILL BUILDING: MEET THE FUNDERS!

Here is an opportunity to meet program officers from Bay Area grant making organizations who are interested in traditional and tradition-based work.  After an informal presentation by the funders, you will have an opportunity to rotate to different tables to ask questions and to introduce yourself and your good work to one another.

Where: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission Street, San Francisco, 94103, (415) 626-2060

Who should attend: Artists and organizations engaged in the traditional, folk, and culturally-specific work

FREE

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Saturday, May 19, 2012 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

SKILL BUILDING: BRING YOUR REALITY ALIVE: CREATING A MISSION OR VISION STATEMENT TO SUPPORT YOUR GRANT SEEKING

This gentle critique session is designed to de-mystify the process of creating a concise and strong statement that captures the meaning of your work.  You will have an opportunity to share a mission or vision statement about your organization or own artistic practice.  Does it describe your cultural tradition clearly?  Are you concise or too wordy?  Receive feedback from experienced coaches and peers or merely attend to listen and participate without your own statement.

Reservations required (for planning the number of necessary coaches). 

Where: Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th Street, San Francisco, 94110, (415) 826-8009

$20 suggested donation but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

LA MESA: WITH 100 POUNDS OF ANKLE BELLS AND A POLYPHONIC CHOIR: BAY AREA TRADITIONAL ART MAKING

An evening of art sharing by Bay Area artists will be proceeded by a discussion led by successful practitioners and organization directors who have successfully grown appreciation and new audiences for what might be considered narrow niches by the mainstream.  How have multicultural audiences come to appreciate the rich art forms of Bulgarian vocal harmonies, Indian classical dance, or the arts surrounding the Meixcan Dia de los Muertos?  We will discuss good practices on how to sustain, market, and grow audiences for your traditional art form.

Where: Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom Street, San Francisco, 94110, (415) 826-2402

FREE

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Monday, August 27, 2012 • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

La Mesa: Adornment: Traditional Arts & the Natural World

Traditional arts practice is inextricably bound to cycles of nature and the environment.  Consider how certain ragas are assigned to times of the day to reflect a mood, or the way in which an offering or altar is created for a ritual space by using elements of nature.  How does a changing environment impact the creation and continuity of Native California basketmaking, for example, when materials are threatened by pollution or inaccessibility?

This session will invoke all the senses as we consider some of the ingenuity and relationship of the natural world to adornment in its broadest sense.  Demonstrations and conversation will be led by mentor artists from several cultural communities.  We will consider the endangerment of natural resources and its impact on traditional arts practice.  Join the conversation and share your ideas and practice with us.

Where: Gamelan Sekar Jaya, 3023 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

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Saturday, September 22, 2012 • 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Grassroots Fundraising for Traditional Artists and Organizations with Jerry Yoshitomi

Back by popular demand!  Traditional artists and organizations can employ methods to raise funds directly from people in their own communities.  Uncomfortable with this idea?  Fundraising consultant and long time non-profit arts administrator, Jerry Yoshitomi, will provide an intensive hands-on workshop with participants to deploy methods that are low-key yet effective.  We are asking that each participating organization or artist to designate people to participate in the workshop.  The first might be the group leader or artist, the second might be a committed ally/colleague and thinking partner who knows your work.  At least one or two people should have basic technology or web-based skills.

Where: Oakland Museum of California, California Room, 1st level, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, 94607, (510) 318-8400

$20 suggested donation but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.