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For the 21st year of the program, 21 new pairs were awarded
January 15, 2021

Faye Carol

Faye Carol was born in Meridian, Mississippi. Blues has been the soundtrack to her childhood, becoming intimately connected with the music as a young girl in the train stations of 1950s segregated Mississippi and through her mother and uncles’ Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and B.B. King records. She began to study…
In light of this year’s movements responding to over-policing and the global conversation on how we can dismantle white supremacy in all our institutions, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts calls on our supporters and constituents to support campaigns that reallocate funding to basic human needs…
With Uzo Nwankpa and Rhodessa Jones
December 1, 2020

Resilience in Motion

Moving the Traditional Arts Online
We are excited to welcome Nestor Guerrero to the ACTA team as the Sounds of California Archives and Media Intern based in Los Angeles! Nestor will be working with our LA team on our Sounds of California: Boyle Heights program, assisting…
Una serie de preguntas y respuestas con las artistas becarias de ACTA Luz Marlene Cordero y Dalila Mendez
A Q+A with ACTA Artist Fellows Luz Marlene Cordero and Dalila Mendez
June 29, 2020

We Make it Our Own

A conversation on Drag and Community with the Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood
Storytelling with Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne
Featuring Artists and Advocates L. Frank Manriquez and Sipu Whittle
Queering the Bolero with Musician Mary Alfaro Velasco