Singing Wellness in Unison Postponed
Out of an abundance of caution and to align with current public health recommendations regarding COVID-19, we’ve made the decision to postpone our March 28 Singing Wellness in Unison traditional arts roundtable event in San Francisco. We endeavor to reschedule this event with our partners at the Omnira Institute, the Community Music Center, and UCSF in the summer. We will keep you informed of any future updates to our public programming. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Visit our Facebook page for more photos from the first Cur'Arte roundtable in January 2020Photos
The Cur’Arte series of roundtables launched in January with the inaugural session Embodying Tradition as Health Practice at the Theatre of Yugen. We were joined by local artists and health advocates Kumu Kau’i Peralto, Yuriko Doi Walker, Sheila Devitt, Saikhnaa Byamba, and Elma Bataa in conversation with an audience composed of doctors, public health students, artists, and the general public. Through a moderated session led by ACTA staff, presenters talked about the balancing and restorative qualities of Aloha ʻĀina and the spiritual origins and foundations of Japanese noh and kyogen theater. After a contextualization and performance of bielgee, a Mongolian ritual shamanic dance, the event ended with an invitation to it—audience, staff, and presenters joined in a circle to experience bielgee.
“I think that the TARS event is groundbreaking and visionary. What we learned at the TARS event is that these traditions are not just about self or cultural expression, they are about building one’s mental, physical, and spiritual capacity. These art forms are not luxuries practiced only to make people feel good. These traditions are actually saving lives. I am so thankful to ACTA for highlighting the quiet power of these forms.”
—Celine Schein Das
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Chitresh Das Institute
Since 2008, ACTA’s statewide Traditional Arts Roundtable Series has been designed to strengthen intercultural traditional arts networks and to offer opportunities for traditional and tradition-based artists and arts advocates to learn from one another through dialogue, technical assistance, networking, and sharing of community-based arts and culture. Organized into curated seasons, often in direct collaboration with partnering organizations across our California communities, each season of TARS anchors a common region or theme, or centers particular needs of the larger field of cultural practitioners and grassroots organizations holding up these valuable forms.
Note: In-person events cancelled due to COVID-19
All in-person events have been postponed due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available.
Upcoming San Francisco Events
NOTE: The Singing Wellness in Unison roundtable event, originally scheduled for March 28, has been postponed due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19. We hope to reschedule this event in the summer and will update this page with more information as it becomes available.
Participants at the January 2020 roundtable event "Embodying Tradition as Health Practice" at the Theatre of Yugen. Photo: P. Sanchez/ACTA.
Sheila Devitt from the Theatre of Yugen dances "Usagi" (The Rabbit). Photo: P. Sanchez/ACTA.
Saikhnaa Byamba leads all participants in the Mongolian ritual dance bielgee. Photo: P. Sanchez/ACTA.
Panelists and participants gathered for a Traditional Arts Roundtable at the Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco. Photo: P. Sanchez.
Kumu Kau'i Peralto shared the restorative qualities of Aloha ʻĀina. Photo: P. Sanchez/ACTA.
ACTA Program Manager Julián Carrillo email@example.com | (415) 346-5200