ACTA’s website serves as a gateway to help connect some of the state’s exemplary traditional artists and organizations with the general public to build awareness for their artistry, skills, traditions, and communities. Explore our index of nearly 600 artists and organizations funded through ACTA’s Apprenticeship and Living Cultures programs. Read about their work, view photos, video, and more. Browse in alphabetical order below or use the filters to refine your search.


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Afro-Brazilian capoeira
Uzbek doira
South Indian Bharatanatyam
The music and drumming of the Mandinka dates back to the 13th century in the Mali Empire. These century old traditions, songs and rhythms are related to various life cycles such as infant naming, agriculture and marriage ceremonies, as well as pertaining to specific social and religious societies. Central to…
Hawaiian arts
West African Dance is the cultural, social, spiritual, and moral expression of African people.  It is how values are expressedfor various life events including birth (naming ceremonies), growth and maturity (rites of passage), love and family (marriage rituals), social events, and death.  African dance holds these traditions that are near…
Native Californian languages and cultures
African American Quilting
West African dance
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…
Cahuilla arts and culture
California-style saddlemaking