Oakland master artist Dohee Lee (right) instructs her apprentice Kyungseok Kent Hong (left) in Korean P'ungmul drumming (2009). Photo by Sherwood Chen.
New Funding Opportunities for 2020:
ACTA's Living Cultures and
Apprenticeship Programs

NEW THIS YEAR: Apply online !
Applications are now open for
two funding opportunities from ACTA:

Deadline to apply: July 15, 2019
The Living Cultures Grant seeks to sustain and strengthen the folk and traditional arts in the state of California with grants of $5,000 to
California-based nonprofits, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors.
To learn more about ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program, click here .

Photo: 2011 Living Culture grantee organization Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena from Greenfield, CA. Photo by Lily Kharrazi.
Deadline to apply: July 15, 2019

The Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuity of California's traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. Each $3,000 contract will support a period of concentrated learning for apprentices demonstrate a committed engagement with and talent for a specific folk and traditional art form or practice.
To learn more about ACTA's Apprenticeship Program,  click here.

Photo: Kern County Master artist Juan Morales (back)
with his 2007  apprentice in Mexican  arpa mariachera
(mariachi-style  harp), Erasmo Villarreal. Photo by
Sherwood Chen.
Have a question about applying?
Join a webinar with  ACTA staff to  learn more about these programs!

May 17 + June 7 at 12 pm
May 24 at 12 pm (Spanish)

Find more info and learn how to register on our website:
Aaron Mason, apprentice to ACTA master artist Wilfried Souly, performs West African dances of the Mande Empire, Los Angeles, 2019. Photo by Rajan Hoyle.

Join us for a Funders' Roundtable in Los Angeles!
Part of the Traditional Arts Roundtable Series (TARS)

May 16, 2019 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

FREE | RSVP here

William Grant Still Art Center
2520 South West View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Learn how to access arts funding with confidence! Meet and hear from a panel of local and statewide California funders offering cultural arts grants and funding opportunities for organizations and individual artists at our upcoming Funders' Roundtable in Los Angeles.

Join us the evening of May 16 for presentations from the  California Arts Council , the  Los Angeles County Arts Commission , the City of L.A.'s  Department of Cultural Affairs , the  Center for Cultural Innovation , and of course, the Alliance for California Traditional ArtsWe will open the floor for your questions, big and small.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here to secure your spot!

The Traditional Arts Roundtable Series is a project of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA). This program is a co-production of ACTA and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 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.
ACTA @ REMAP: LA Cultural Equity Summit

Quetzal Flores leads a group through the process of collective songwriting. Photo by Timo Saarelma.
On April 17, 2019, ACTA hosted a
Traditional Arts Roundtable Series event called "Theories of Change and Transformative Cultural Practice" as part of the REMAP: LA Cultural Equity Summit in Los Angeles. We were joined by local artists and activists Juana Mena, Ofelia Esparza, Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, Omar Ramirez, and Quetzal Flores in conversation with Black Studies scholar Dr. George Lipsitz.

Together we engaged in small group sessions centered around cultural organizing strategies rooted in traditional arts, listening and learning from one another to explore methodologies for social change. With the help of these artists and the leadership of Dr. George Lipsitz, ACTA will soon be releasing a toolkit of strategies centered on building healthy communities through traditional arts. Stay tuned!

See more photos from this TARS event on our Facebook page.

Photos by Timo Saarelma.
A Tribute to Master Quilter Marion Coleman
(1946 - 2019)

Marion Coleman (center) at the National Heritage Fellowship award ceremony in Washington D.C., September 2018. Photo by Julián Carrillo.

It is with a very heavy heart we share the difficult news on the passing of  2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow and California quilt-maker Marion Coleman. Marion has long been a part of the ACTA family, and her impact on the field of African American art, culture, and storytelling has resonated nationally. Trained in quilt-making by her great aunts and great grandmother, Marion engaged with the art form to portray moments and histories from the African American experience. Her quilts shared stories of aging, of jazz and blues traditions, of black cowboys, and of the first African American woman pilot, among other themes from African American life.

We are sending deep love and gratitude for Marion's extraordinary spirit and creative contributions.

Thank you, Marion.

Quilts by Marion Coleman, from left to right: "Sierra Soldier," "Waiting for the Freedom Train," and "Ready to Ride."

Learn more about Marion's incredible artistry and impact,  in her own words, in this short video tribute to her 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award:
California Indian Art and Culture Festival

June 1, 2019 | 11 AM - 5 PM

Ohlone Park
1933 Hearst Ave.
Berkeley, California 94709

On  June 1 , Ohlone Park in Berkeley will be celebrating its  50th anniversary! Join  us in saluting  the citizen activists who founded the park in 1969, and honoring the Native California Indians whose heritage, dating back thousands of years in the Bay Area, gave this treasured open space in Berkeley its name. ACTA is a proud collaborator with the Friends of Ohlone Park and many others in organizing the California Indian Art and Culture Festival to celebrate this milestone. 

Mural by Jean LaMarr depicting the ancestral stories of the Muwekma Ohlone tribe, located at Ohlone Park in Berkeley. Photo by Bill Newton.

Nationally recognized California Indian artists and craftspeople will be demonstrating basket weaving, string-making arts, bead work and other traditional crafts, as well as teaching simple games using walnut dice and staves. Longtime city residents will gather to share firsthand accounts of building the park with plantings, sculpture, and a determination born of the era's turmoil, offering  speeches and ceremonies at the Ohlone Park murals painted many years ago by Jean LaMarr (Pit River and Paiute) at the eastern edge of the park. These murals, scheduled for enhancement over the next couple of years, depict members of the native Muwekma Ohlone tribe, and have been cherished by members of that community as one of the few public acknowledgments of their existence in the entire East Bay. The day's activities are curated by Jennifer Bates (Mewuk), founding board chair of the California Indian Basketweavers Association and organizer of the annual Tuolumne Rancheria Indian Market.

ACTA is a proud collaborator on this event with the  Friends of Ohlone Park, the City of Berkeley, Berkeley Partner for Parks, and the California Institute for Community, Art and Nature.

Join the celebration and s ee, hear, touch, and taste the cultural richness of Native California!  Click here to learn more.

Contact:  Miranda Ewell, Friends of Ohlone Park, [email protected]

This event is a project of the California Institute for Community, Art, and Nature in collaboration with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, East Bay Regional Park District, Heyday, News from Native California, and Friends of Ohlone Park.
City of Oakland Individual Artist Project:  The Individual Artist Project grant category supports Oakland-resident individual artists producing art activities in Oakland that culminate in a local public outcome for the benefit of the community. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, performances of dance, music or theater, visual art and public art projects, classes and workshops, exhibitions, and literary activities. The request amount is $4,999.  All arts and cultural activities must occur within the City of Oakland between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Click here for more info.
DEADLINE: 5/15/2019

Funding in Remote Communities Webinar:  Grantmakers in the Arts is a national membership association serving communities of all shapes and sizes across the US and into Canada. Join us on May 21 for a webinar on questions of funding  and cultural philanthropy for rural and remote communities across the US.
DEADLINE: 05/21/2019

Reframing the Landscape of Justice Conference:    California Lawyers for the Arts' and the William James Association's annual Arts in Corrections conference is now open for registration. The five-day national conference, taking place June 24-28 at Santa Clara University, will provide professional development opportunities for artists who work in correctional institutions at all levels, and best practices for arts administrators who would like to learn how to implement and manage these programs. More info is available here.
DEADLINE: Early Bird rate ends 5/31/2019

Leaders of Color Network:  Americans for the Arts has recently added a Facebook group to broaden connections and support for people of color working the arts and culture field. The Facebook group joins their portfolio which includes the Leaders of Color Forum, a professional development program; the quarterly Coffee Talk series on ArtsU, showcasing leaders in the field in conversation, sharing their insights and experiences; and a dedicated member listserv. Visit the AFTA newsroom for more details.
Want to learn how you can support the work of ACTA?
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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