How do artists find balance between growing and sustaining the work within their communities of practice with the desire to share and “teach” a wider public? Join us for a dynamic conversation on cultural sustainability with Los Angeles-based artists and cultural leaders, including Lucumí priest and folklorist Ysamur M. Flores-Peña, performer Nobuko Miyamoto of Great Leap, Inc., president of the Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United, Inc., Cheryl Noralez, and House and Ball practitioner Sean Milan Garçon of Reach LA.
This event is part of our 2018-2019 TARS season Ritual + Improvisation in Los Angeles. Beginning in 2008, ACTA’s Traditional Arts Roundtable Series (TARS) was 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 discussion, technical assistance, networking, and sharing community-based arts and culture. For this season of TARS in Los Angeles, ACTA has partnered with the curatorial staff at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in L.A.’s Little Tokyo neighborhood to produce a special 7-part season of TARS at the JACCC campus, through June of 2019.
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The Traditional Arts Roundtable Series is a project of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. This program is a co-production of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Partial funding for this program was provided by the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. The TARS series in Los Angeles is generously supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Additional support provided by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.