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Promise Zone Arts: ACTA Partners with the City of LA's Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Commons, and the Youth Policy Institute to Bring Cultural Asset Mapping to LA
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Keeping Hayashi Alive in Southern California
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ACTA's Roundtable Series Presents: How Do We Document Our Experiences? Who is Telling Our Story?
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Art Sharing, Storytelling, and Affirmation: ACTA's Bay Area Artists Gathering
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ACTA Shares California’s Traditional Arts with NEA Chairman Jane Chu
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ACTA Board Chair Dan Sheehy Awarded NEA National Heritage Fellowship
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This is Your State :: Support ACTA
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The Karen Organization of San Diego: A Dance Class Is an Act of Freedom
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Cooking Together is Good for the Hayat (Soul): The United Women of East Africa Support Team

ACTA Bids Farewell to Citlalli Chávez


This month, Project Coordinator Citlalli Chávez left ACTA to take a job in her chosen field of labor policy and research.  Citlalli will join the UCLA Labor Center as their Communications...

Funding for Traditional Arts through CAC’s Local Impact, Cultural Pathways, and Artists Activating Communities Programs


ACTA is excited to share the news that the California Arts Council (CAC) has announced its upcoming call for grant applications.  We believe that several of their funding opportunities –...

WATCH :: Happy 40th Anniversary to the California Arts Council!


The Alliance for California Traditional Arts wishes the California Arts Council a very happy anniversary, as it kicks off its 40th year celebration.  ACTA is proud to be the CAC’s official...

Keep Arts in Schools with Your State Tax Return


California taxpayers can support arts education programs this tax season through the California Arts Council’s Keep Arts in Schools Fund. Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts...

This is Your State :: Support ACTA


Dear Friends of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts:Would you please consider making a donation to ACTA this year - even a dollar? Many people giving small amounts of money can make a huge...

ACTA's Roundtable Series Presents: How Do We Document Our Experiences? Who is Telling Our Story?


ACTA's ROUNDTABLE SERIES PRESENTS How do we document our experiences?Who is telling our story? Wednesday, December 9, 20156:30-8:30pRed Poppy Art House2698 Folsom StreetSan FranciscoFREE! Join us...

ACTA Shares California’s Traditional Arts with NEA Chairman Jane Chu

By Amy Kitchener, Executive Director
"The arts help us see what is so exceptional about who we are and where we live. We have this opportunity to celebrate our differences rather than viewing them as a means of division."   –...

ACTA Board Chair Dan Sheehy Awarded NEA National Heritage Fellowship

By Russell Rodríguez, Program Manager
The Alliance for California Traditional Arts is proud to announce that our board chair and dear friend Daniel Sheehy has been awarded the 2015 Bess Lomax Hawes National Endowment for the Arts...

ACTA Welcomes Two New Members to its Board of Directors


ACTA is pleased to announce that Esailama Diouf, PhD, and Nikiko Masumoto have recently been elected to its Board of Directors.  A teacher, dancer, and arts administrator, Dr. Diouf is...

ACTA's Roundtable Series Comes to San Jose


Please join us on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, from 6-8 pm at the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose.

In Memoriam of Garry McClintock – Un Vaquero Del Alma

By Russell Rodríguez, Program Manager
In 2012, the Alliance of California Traditional Arts (ACTA) curated an evening of traditional arts performance and exhibition at the California Plaza in Los Angeles, part of the Grand Performance...

Cooking Together is Good for the Hayat (Soul): The United Women of East Africa Support Team

Text and Photos by Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager
Editor's Note: The United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST) is a nonprofit organization based in San Diego which was established with the goal of responding to the overlooked health needs of...

Art Sharing, Storytelling, and Affirmation: ACTA's Bay Area Artists Gathering

By Russell Rodríguez, Program Manager and Photos by Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager
One of the things that ACTA has learned from our 1,000 case studies of traditional arts practice, is that the practice of gathering lies central to most cultural communities in the State of...

The Karen Organization of San Diego: A Dance Class Is an Act of Freedom

Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager
So many impressions flood my mind as I wind my way in a rental car through downtown San Diego en route to visit the Karen community.  I am here for a site visit to learn more about these new...

Keeping Hayashi Alive in Southern California

Russell Rodríguez, Program Manager
Driving from East LA heading towards downtown LA, I exited from the I-10 to Highway 101, always unclear if I am in the right lane because part of the I-5 in that same intersection becomes I-10,...

Promise Zone Arts: ACTA Partners with the City of LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Commons, and the Youth Policy Institute to Bring Cultural Asset Mapping to LA’s Promise Zone


Earlier this month, the National Endowment for the Arts announced a $200,000 Our Town grant to the City of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs to support Promise Zone Arts, a cultural asset...

Webinars in English and Spanish :: Information on Funding Opportunities for 2016


Join us for a webinar to learn more about ACTA and its funding for folk and traditional artists through the Apprenticeship Program and Living Cultures Grants Program. Application deadline for both...

WATCH :: ACTA Produces Lights On Music Video as a Call for Equitable School Funding in Los Angeles


For the past year, through its involvement in The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative, ACTA has supported the efforts of Boyle Heights-based artists in a collective...

Tuning In? :: ACTA's YouTube Channel


Short of the direct experience of traditional or folk arts, what better way than online viewing is there to encounter the many cultural expressions and diverse artists who reside here California?...

A Video Message From the NEA :: What's Your Art Story?


For their 50th anniversary, the National Endowment for the Arts is collecting stories on how the arts have touched the lives of people and their communities.  During their anniversary year, the...

New Funding Opportunities: Living Cultures Grants Program and Apprenticeship Program


This month, ACTA announces new funding opportunities for folk & traditional artists: Living Cultures Grants ProgramDeadline: July 15, 2015 Apprenticeship ProgramDeadline: July 15, 2015 Join a...

Celebrating Purepecha Tejido in the Eastern Coachella Valley


Join ACTA in Coachella on Friday, May 8th as we celebrate the culmination of a 14-week Purepecha tejido (embroidery) workshop series. Workshop participants will be displaying their collective work,...

ACTA Bids Farewell to Nayamin Martínez

By Amy Kitchener, Executive Director
This past month Nayamin Martínez, ACTA program manager and bilingual outreach specialist, left to take a new job in her chosen field of public health.  Nayamin worked at ACTA for over four years...

Traditional Arts Work in the Prisons

By Amy Kitchener, Executive Director
In the face of the ongoing California prison crisis with overcrowding rates climbing as high as 200% of capacity, the arts are making a re-entry into what many perceive as a broken system. Last year...

WATCH :: ACTA's Arts-In-Corrections Program


We invited documentary filmmakers Sara Aguilar and Eric Coleman to shoot on location at Corcoran State Prison in the final weeks ACTA's first residency. Here are the stories that emerged.
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