Kathak is among the eight major classical dancds of India and one of the most dynamic theatre arts in the world. The word Kathak is derived from “katha,” meaning the art of storytelling. Highly improvised, the traditional solo is considered the highest level of mastery in Kathak. The solo is…
Bay Area Youth Arts is a nonprofit program with a mission to help at-risk, inner-city youth develop discipline and self-confidence necessary to lead positive and productive lives.  Offering African and jazz percussion, as well as classical and jazz violin, students learn listening and learning skills that…
Grupo Folklorico Huaxyacac is folkloric dance group performing the regional dances of Oaxaca, Mexico. The performing group was founded in 1989 by the Regional Organization of Oaxaca which, two years earlier, introduced to California the first Guelagetza celebration which is a well-established and beloved event in their home state. Today…
The Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance located in Berkeley is a nonprofit organization where the world comes to dance. Artistic director/kumu hula, Mahealani Uchiyama’s vision is to provide a place where students of all ages and abilities can take part in multicultural dance experience through…
Oaxaca Tierra del Sol is a nonprofit, grassroots organization created in Santa Rosa in 2013.  They are dedicated to sharing the roots and cultures of the people of Oaxaca in Sonoma County through one of Oaxaca’s greatest cultural expressions and gatherings known as La Guelagetza.   …
Mexi’caytol Indio Cultural Center in Chula Vista, is dedicated to the teaching and preservation of indigenous cultures of Mexico and the southwestern United States.  In 1987, they established one of the first Aztec dance groups in the country with a direct lineage to Maestro Yescas who…
The Salinans are a Native people that lived in what is now the Central Coast of California, in the Salinas Valley.  The Salinan language is one of the oldest in California.  Said to have gone extinct by the Census of 1930, the Salinan peoples survived and currently exist in several…
The Selma Arts Foundation aims to enrich the lives of all people in the southern part of Fresno County by promoting and celebrating the arts in all forms. In 2015, a grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program will support the Selma Arts Foundation’s Bhangra…
INCA, the Peruvian Music & Dance Ensemble, was founded in 1981 in Los Angeles, for the purpose of researching, preserving, and presenting Peru’s rich multi-cultural heritage of ethnic and folkloric music, songs, dance, and traditions.  INCA performs music and dances from the Andean region of Peru…
For over 40 years, the Inlakech Cultural Arts Center/Lucha, Inc. has provided youth and adults with a free, afterschool cultural education program.  Centered in the heart of Oxnard, California, many of Inlakech’s students come from low-income agricultural families, who are greatly underserved.  Children from the age of two to the…