**Less than two weeks left to apply!**

**¡Quedan menos de 2 semanas para solicitar!**
Mentor artist Peter de Guzman of Los Angeles performs with apprentice Jasmine Orpilla in traditional Pangalay dance from the Philippines. Photo: T. Saarelma/ACTA.
ACTA's Apprenticeship Program:

DEADLINE: April 26, 2022

The Apprenticeship Program contracts California-based mentor artists for $3,000 to offer intensive, one-on-one training in a specific traditional art form to an 
eligible apprentice for 6 to 12 months.
El Programa de Aprendizaje de ACTA:

Fecha límite: 26 de abril de 2022

El Programa de Aprendizaje contrata a artistas mentores con sede en California por $3,000 para ofrecer capacitación intensiva e individual por 6 a 12 meses en una forma de arte tradicional específica a unx aprendiz elegible.
A 2008 Living Cultures grant supported the preparation, practice, and implementation of the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians' traditional songs and dances by their then newly-formed dance group. Photo: L. Kharrazi/ACTA.
ACTA's Living Cultures Grant Program:

Applications close soon!

DEADLINE: May 3, 2022

The Living Cultures Grant Program seeks to sustain and strengthen traditional arts with project-based grants up to $5,000 for nonprofits, tribal entities, and other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors.

The 2022 Living Cultures Grant will be limited to applicants in these 10 Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma.
La Beca de Culturas Vivas de ACTA:

¡Las solicitudes se cerrarán pronto!

Fecha límite: 3 de mayo de 2022 

La Beca de Culturas Vivas busca sostener y fortalecer las artes tradicionales con subvenciones basadas en proyectos de hasta $5,000 para organizaciones sin fines de lucro, entidades tribales y otras organizaciones que trabajan con patrocinadores fiscales.

La Beca de Culturas Vivas 2022 se limitará a solicitantes de estos 10 condados del Área de la Bahía: los condados de Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Marin, Napa y Sonoma.
Have a question about these funding opportunities?
Check out our info session video!

In March we offered info sessions on ACTA’s 2022 funding opportunities, including the the Apprenticeship Program (available statewide, for artists) and the Living Cultures Grant (available to the SF Bay Area this year, for organizations). Click below to watch a recording of an info session for even more details on how to apply for these opportunities!

Aqui, vea la sesión informativa sobre oportunidades de financiamiento del 16 de marzo de 2022 en español.
Supporting the People of Ukraine
Words from the Ukrainian Art Center of Los Angeles

As Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues to wreak havoc and tremendous loss, we looked to cultural leaders close to home for guidance on how we Californians can support the people of Ukraine.

We are grateful to Daria Chaikovsky, President of the Ukrainian Art Center (UAC) in the East Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, who shared some moving thoughts on the many ways we can all contribute to the effort to bring relief to the people of Ukraine during this time.

Most immediately, UAC has partnered with the Ukrainian Culture Center to present a two-day Art Exhibit & Silent Auction Fundraiser culminating with a classical music concert this weekend:
Art Exhibit + Silent Auction
April 16 and 17, 2022
11 am - 6 pm PST
Symphony Orchestra Concert
April 17, 2022
3 PM
Ukrainian Culture Center
4315 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Seven professional artists are donating 100% of the proceeds from the Silent Art Auction. The members of the symphonic orchestra are donating their time and skills, and all ticket sale proceeds are designated for supporting people in Ukraine.
ACTA is proud to have supported UAC's workshops in pysanky (traditional egg decorating), embroidery, straw art, and culinary arts through a Living Cultures grant in 2018. Daria (R) shares on the artistry of pysanka eggs at a Traditional Arts Roundtable event. Photo: T. Saarelma/ACTA.
According to Daria:

"The current emergency situation in Ukraine has sparked a tidal wave of global awakening by Ukrainian artists in various genres—music, traditional arts as well as fine art. We all are engaged in continuous fundraising and raising public awareness of the destruction of a nation."

Read on in our Q+A with Daria and learn more about other opportunities to support the people of Ukraine.
The Arts Work to Advance Social Justice and Racial Equity
Join the panel discussion!

Join ACTA Program Manager Betty Marín on April 15 for an Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month panel organized by Californians for the Arts!

From providing spaces of liberation and solidarity, to confronting power with creativity, to reimagining unjust systems, the California artists, culture bearers and civic innovators on this panel are creating opportunities for individuals and communities to define and advance racial and social justice. In this conversation, we will hear about their practices, explore where visions of justice converge and diverge, examine the multifaceted ways in which we might define justice and discuss what indicators or outcomes will let us know it is being advanced.

  • Sophina Brown, Executive Director, Support Black Theatre
  • Fabian Debora, Executive Director of Somos LA Homeboy Art Academy, Homeboy Industries
  • jason chu, Artist & Activist
  • Betty Marín, Program Manager, Alliance for California Traditional Arts
  • Erika Ninoyu, Legislative Assistant, Congresswoman Barbara Lee

  • Gustavo Herrera, Executive Director, Arts for LA

Friday April 15, 2022
12 pm - 1:30 pm PST
On Zoom
Click here to learn more about events hosted by Californians for the Arts as part of Arts, Culture, and Creativity month.
From left to right: Son jarocho musicians Jesus “Chuy” Sandoval, Francisco Gonzalez, Martha Gonzalez, Quetzal Flores, Laura Rebolloso (seated). Photo: Scott Macdonald.
In Memoriam: Francisco Gonzalez
Remembering a beloved artist, educator, and cultural leader

The ACTA family mourns the loss of musician and culture bearer Francisco Gonzalez, who passed away on March 30 at the age of 68. Widely known as a co-founder of the legendary LA-based Chicano rock group Los Lobos, Francisco was a master of the Mexican harp and a lifelong bearer of son jarocho folk music traditions of Veracruz, Mexico.

“He would always say, ‘We are gardeners of the seeds of our culture. We plant our seeds patiently, and we nurture the plants of our culture.’”
—Yolanda Broyles-González, Francisco’s wife of 38 years

In addition to being a devoted educator of son jarocho traditions in Mexico and the US, Francisco made a significant contribution to the sustainability of Mexican folk music in California when he founded Guadalupe Custom Strings, a first-of-its-kind string shop dedicated to the bespoke production of strings for Mexican folk instruments. Francisco founded the original shop in Goleta, CA in 1990 before it was brought to East Los Angeles by Margie Hernandez in 2003. ACTA is proud to have supported an apprenticeship between Guadalupe Custom Strings’ current owner, Jacob Hernandez, and his 2014 apprentice Vaneza Mari Calderon in the art of string-making. Observing a longstanding need in the Mexican folk music community and building a business to serve that need was just one way Francisco cared for longevity and strength of his community’s traditional practices.

Click below to read more about Francisco and his impact on California’s son jarocho community.
Creating Health Communities 2022 Convening
Register Now!

With the overarching goal of creating stronger, healthier, and more equitable communities through cross-sector collaboration, this convening will engage people working and thinking at the intersections of the arts, public health, and community development. ACTA is pleased to be a partner with the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine in guiding the development of this event.

Against a vibrant backdrop of arts and cultural practices, this two-day convening will provide opportunities for connection, dialogue, strategic thinking, and learning. This engaging event will feature diverse and effective practice, research and policy models from around the world, as well as provocations to advance innovation and progress for building healthier, more equitable communities in the United States.
Arabic Frame Drumming with Faisal Zedan and Nicole Hoffschneider
Join mentor artist Faisal Zedan and his 2021 ACTA apprentice Nicole Maria Hoffschneider to learn about the art of Arabic frame drumming! This public sharin video gives a summary of some of the things Faisal and Nicole covered during their yearlong apprenticeship, with an emphasis on odd and combined meters in the Muwashahat genre of Arabic classical music.

In Nicole's words:

"I have always and forever been enticed by percussion - it's the first thing I hear when listening to music and what moves me the deepest. Throughout my life, I've surrounded myself with drums, collected and cherished them, but never taken the time to study a percussion instrument or genre of music as deeply as I have in the past year with Faisal. 2021 has been a year of growth - musically, technically, culturally, but also spiritually as every practice with Faisal has had its own lessons in how music, rhythm, and the drum connect us all to each other, to nature, the earth, and tradition."

Join a special online session with funders who specialize in funding individual artists. Learn about current grant opportunities and field your questions with program officers from the following organizations:
Learn more and register for the sessions here.
DATES: 4/20/2022 and 5/3/2022

The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a nationally recognized program for graduating high school seniors that fosters the next generation of community-conscious Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. Click here to learn more and apply.
DEADLINE: 4/22/2022

To honor and preserve our nation's diverse cultural heritage, the NEA annually awards up to nine National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists. These fellowships recognize artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage. Awards for the National Heritage Fellowships will be up to $25,000, and may be received once in a lifetime. Recipients will be selected on the basis of nominations from the public. Learn more and make a nomination here.
DEADLINE: 5/31/2022

The Vilcek Foundation will award three Creative Promise Prizes of $50,000 each to young, immigrant musicians who demonstrate outstanding early achievement in music. Applications are open through June 10, 2022.
Who Should Apply
  • You were born outside the United States to non-American parents
  • You are not more than 38 years old
  • You have five years of professional experience in music and possess a strong track record of creative and innovative work
Why Should You Apply
  • Unrestricted cash prize of $50,000 is awarded to each prizewinner
  • Reflect on how your experience as an immigrant has shaped your success
  • Receive an invaluable endorsement from leaders in your field
  • Receive a comprehensive public relations campaign to promote you and your work
DEADLINE: 6/10/2022
ACTA promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by providing advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists and their communities.