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Keeping Hayashi Alive in Southern California
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WATCH :: ACTA's Arts-in-Corrections Program
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Connecting the Roots to the Fruit: An Apprenticeship in Afro-Colombian Rhythms
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In Memoriam: Pandit Chitresh Das (1944-2015)
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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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The Karen Organization of San Diego: A Dance Class Is an Act of Freedom
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Traditional Arts Work in the Prisons

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...

Connecting the Roots to the Fruit: An Apprenticeship in Afro-Colombian Rhythms

Russell Rodríguez, Program Manager
Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a recording project, in which I was part of a choir.  In the midst of this ensemble of voices, one of the participants had a shirt on that...

Amy Kitchener Elected to Grantmakers in the Arts Board of Directors


Beginning this month, Amy Kitchener, executive director of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), joins the Grantmakers in the Arts board of directors.  Grantmakers in the Arts (...

In Memoriam: Natividad "Nati" Cano

By Daniel Sheehy, Ph.D, CEO Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and ACTA Board President
Editor's Note: The board and staff of ACTA are deeply saddened by Nati Cano’s passing this month. We are grateful for Nati’s contributions to ACTA as a founding board member,  and to his...

Inside ACTA: New Program Changes and Developments

By Amy Kitchener, Executive Director
We’re excited to announce the call for proposals for ACTA’s 2015 Living Cultures Grants Program (LCGP) and Apprenticeship Program this month. There are several important changes to share. While we’re...

New Guidelines Available for the Living Cultures Grants and Apprenticeship Programs


This month ACTA announces the availability of new guidelines for the Living Cultures Grants and Apprenticeship Programs. Living Cultures Grants ProgramDeadline: August 1, 2014 Apprenticeship...

ACTA to Launch Pilot Program in California State Prisons


This month, the California Arts Council (CAC) awarded contracts to seven organizations for Arts-in-Corrections programs in fourteen state correctional facilities.  The Alliance for California...

Gran Mujer: An Apprenticeship in Mexican Deshilado

Text and Photos by Russell Rodríguez, Apprenticeship Program Manager
Within the private spaces of homes, the transmission of traditional art practices is such a natural occurrence that we tend not to consider it "art."  It was in our family’s kitchen where I...

ACTA Welcomes 19 Teams to the Apprenticeship Program


Since 1999, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ (ACTA’s) Apprenticeship Program has supported California’s cultural traditions with 259 contracts to outstanding folk and traditional artists...

ACTA Announces 2014 Living Cultures Grants Program Grantees


The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) is pleased to announce that it is awarding $285,000 in grants to California nonprofit organizations to support projects in folk and traditional...

A Letter from Master Artists

From Danny Kalanduyan, Juana Gomez, and Latanya Tigner
Dear Friends of the Traditional Arts in California: We are writing to ask you to support the continuation of vital cultural traditions in California.  Since 1998, nearly 500 Master Artists and...

Sharing the Spirit of the Ancestors

By Karen Mack, Executive Director, LA Commons
Editor’s Note:  How do we create thriving public spaces to reflect the people who live there?  According to the LA Commons, who through a Living Cultures Grant produced the third Day of the...

Alliance for California Traditional Arts Awards $420,000 to San Joaquin Valley Nonprofits


The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) is awarding $420,000 in grant investments to seven nonprofit groups serving the San Joaquin Valley whose work is rooted in cultural traditions and...

Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez Receives NEA National Heritage Fellowship

By Russell Rodríguez, Apprenticeship Program Manager
 Editor's Note: Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts announced their annual National Heritage Fellows, the nation's highest award for folk & traditional artists.  California...

Teenagers in Traditional Arts and Practice: Recognizing Foundations of Knowledge

By Russell Rodriguez, Apprenticeship Program Manager
Editor’s note:  Russell Rodriguez, ACTA's Apprenticeship Program Manager, is also a well-established mariachi musician and Ph.D in Anthropology.

Chicano Park and the Chicano Park Monumental Murals National Treasures

By Josie S. Talamantez
Editor's Note: Josie S. Talamantez is the former Chief of Programs and Congressional Liason at the California Arts Council where she served as manager of many programs in her 26 years of service....

Featured Fundraiser: Cambalache


As the past five years have proven to be difficult for funding in the arts, especially in folk and traditional arts, ACTA has had to reevaluate our own ways of thinking about funding sources.  ...

Preserving the Colors of my Skirt: Laga, Backstrap Weaving of the Kalinga of the Philippines

By Russell Rodríguez, Apprenticeship Program Manager
In the Northern Philippines on the island of Luzon in the Cordillera administrative sector is a region referred to as Kalinga, where the cultural group with the same name, Kalinga, reside. The...

Hawaiian Healing Arts: A Singular Focus

Text and photos by Lily Kharrazi, Living Cultures Grants Program
"You have the middle section of the fish, where’s your head?  Where’s your tail? Where is your past?  Where’s your future?"

Remembering Avis Punkin (North Fork Mono)

by Julie Dick Tex, Mandy Marine, and Carly Tex
We at ACTA are saddened by the passing of traditional basket weaver Avis Punkin who was a two-time master artist in ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program, first in 2003 with grand daughter-apprentice artist...

Coachella Synergy Festival: A Celebration of Eastern Coachella Valley's Cultural Treasures

By Quetzal Flores, Program Manager
In continuing our collaborative work with The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities, ACTA facilitated another community cultural asset mapping effort in the Eastern Coachella...

The Jarana, a Mexican guitar made of one solid piece. // La Jarana, una guitarra mexicana hecha de una sola pieza.

By Cesar Castro
Editor's Note: This year, Fandango sin Fronteras received a grant from ACTA's Living Culture Grants Program to work with master Son Jarocho musician and luthier Cesar Castro to document the...
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