Announcing 2019 Living Cultures Grantees

Artist Vera Passos performs Oxumare, the god of the rainbow, at BrasArte's annual Yemanja Arts Festival. Photo by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi.

This year, ACTA  is awarding $200,000 to 40 organizations to support folk and traditional arts. Since 2005, the  Living Cultures Grants Program  has supported nearly 700 community-based projects, with $3.4 million in funding across 50 counties in California. This year's cohort represents a diverse array of cultural communities and their respective art forms and systems of knowledge. We're proud to promote them all, from Lucumi/Ifa healing songs and African drum rhythms in Oakland to the public celebrations of Japanese, Mexican, and African cross-cultural exchange and transformative creativity in Los Angeles. Congratulations to all the grantees!
Announcing 2019 Apprenticeship Cohort

Master artist of the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, Snigdha Venkataramani, (L) with her apprentice Anagaa Nathan (R). Photo courtesy of Suri Photography.

Since 1999, ACTA's  Apprenticeship Program has supported California's cultural traditions with 348 contracts  to outstanding folk and traditional artists and practitioners. Now entering its 19th cycle, ACTA's Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuity of the state's living cultural heritage by contracting exemplary master artists to offer intensive training and mentorship to qualified apprentices.

The 2019 Apprenticeship Program cohort of 34 artists (17 pairs) represents California's breadth of cultural diversity and intergenerational learning. The pairs range from master artists in their 60s to a 15-year old apprentice, spanning from San Diego to Humboldt Counties. These apprenticeships continue thriving traditions, including indigenous California cultural practices that include Yurok, Karuk, and Hupa basketry. Others celebrate traditions which have taken root in California, and originally hail from Peru, Bolivia, India, Iran, Armenia, China, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Mexico, and Vietnam.

Click below to meet this year's cohort of artists!
Join the ACTA Team!
Full-Time Development Manager Position Now Open
Promise Zone Arts: Year 2 Launch
Public Event in Los Angeles on February 7, 2019

Join us for dynamic evening as we launch Year 2 of  Promise Zone Arts , a cultural mapping initiative in partnership with the City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs and LA Commons Participate in a wonderful opportunity to make connections and sample cultural highlights from the area through discussion, performances, and food. This event is free and open to the public!

February 7, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PST

Los Angeles Contemporary Art Exhibition
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90028
Promise Zone Arts is a two-year, multi-neighborhood cultural asset mapping and activation initiative led by a partnership between the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Alliance for California Traditional Arts and LA Commons to identify and further the social and economic impact of artists, cultural practitioners, tradition bearers, and sites. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Save the Date!
Upcoming Traditional Arts Roundtable on February 21

Cultural Sustainability  from the Inside, Out

February 21, 2019 | 7 - 9 pm
Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

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 Flores-Peña, performer   Nobuko Miyamato   of Great Leap, president of t he Garifuna Heritage Foundation United,   Cheryl Noralez, and House and Ball practitioner  Sean Milan  Garçon  of Reach LA. This event is p art of our 2018-2019 TARS season Ritual and Improvisation in Los Angeles.

See photos from the last TARS event on our  Facebook page.

Learning about Chado tea ceremony at the last TARS event.
Photo by Timo Saarelma for ACTA.

The Traditional Arts Roundtabl e Series is a project of the Alliance  for  California Traditional Arts. This event 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 provide by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Keep Arts in Schools
Support Creativity in the Classroom Through Your CA Tax Return

Arts education is the key to success for California's students.  Students who learn arts at school score higher on tests, have better attendance records, significantly lower dropout rates, and are more than twice as likely to graduate from college.  Creativity is cited as the No. 1 desired skill in today's job market, according to a 2010 IBM survey. Yet less than half of California's students have access to art at their schools.  And those who stand to benefit the most--like low-income students and English-language learners--are the least likely to be given the opportunity.

We can--and we should--do better.

This tax season, you can help keep arts in schools by making a tax-deductible donation of $1 or more to the Keep Arts in Schools Fund on your state return. One hundred percent of your contribution will go to arts education programming supported by the California Arts CouncilDo your part for tomorrow's innovators who need arts education today.
Sources: Americans for the Arts - Arts Education Navigator (2013), Create CA Arts Education Data Project (2018).
Creative Work Fund "Meet the Funders":  The Creative Work Fund has joined with ACTA and the Gerbode Special Awards in the Arts for a series of informative presentations about 2019 grant opportunities for traditional and visual artists.  Speakers will provide program overviews and respond to questions about finding funding. Events are free; register to save your spot. Click for information about an upcoming presentation San Jose (Feb 6).

Art Works Grants from the NEA: Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts' principal grants program. Through project-based funding, the NEA supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation's 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Click to see grant guidelines and supported disciplines ranging from dance to design to arts education.  DEADLINE: 02/14/2019

Endangered Material Knowledge Program (EMKP):    This new program from the British Museum helps  preserve the knowledge of endangered material practices.  EMKP is the first program of its kind relating to objects, and will offer grants of  £15,000 to £70,000  to researchers globally to undertake detailed fieldwork to record disappearing or endangered practices. Recipients of grants will be working collaboratively with local communities for significant periods, observing and recording the different material practices in detail through films, photographs, interviews, drawings, maps and illustrations. Research materials will be uploaded onto an open access digital database at the British Museum. Click to learn more.
DEADLINE: 03/01/19

2019 Vision Maker Media Public Media Project Fund:  Vision Maker Media (VMM) invites proposals for projects intended for Public Media that represent the cultures, experiences and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. 
Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media encourages the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media--to be the next generation of storytellers. 
There is one funding round per year. Applications are reviewed by a panel with expertise in American Indian and Alaska Native cultures, public media, film and education. Click to learn more. DEADLINE: 03/01/19

National Dance Project Production Grant:   NDP Production Grants provide funding to artists/companies to create new dance works and touring subsidies to the U.S. organizations who bring those works to their communities. Production Grants are awarded to approximately 20 works annually through a competitive two-stage application process. Artists/choreographers and/or companies apply to receive a package of support that includes: up to $45,000 for the creation of a new work, approximately $10,000 in general operating support for the artist/company, up to $35,000 to support a U.S. tour of the work. Click to learn more.
DEADLINE: 03/01/19
The Alliance for California Traditional Arts is the California Arts Council's official partner in serving the state's folk and traditional arts field.
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