Master artist of Vietnamese Dan Tranh, Van-Anh "Vanessa" Vo (R), with 2019 apprentice Thu Vu. Photo: J. Carrillo/ACTA.

Hardly Strictly Music Relief Fund: Bay Area
ACTA is administering the Hardly Strictly Music Relief Fund: Bay Area, which includes $450,000 to support individual musicians. Eligible applicants can apply for unrestricted relief grants up to $2,000.

DEADLINE: September 14, 2020

The Fund is made possible by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to support the Bay Area roots music community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants must be current, full-time residents of one of the following Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Sonoma. To learn more about eligibility, please visit our website.

ACTA encourages eligible Bay Area traditional musicians to fill out the quick and easy application for these funds!
La Familia Peña-Govea ensayando. Foto: S. Narang/ACTA.

Solicita el Fondo de Ayuda Hardly Strictly para la Música: Área de la Bahía!
ACTA estará administrando el Fondo de Ayuda Hardly Strictly para la Música: Área de la Bah­ía, que incluye $450,000 para apoyar a musicxs individuales.

FECHA LÍMITE: 14 de septiembre 2020

El Fondo ha sido posible gracias a Hardly Strictly Bluegrass para apoyar a la comunidad de la música "roots" durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Lxs solicitantes deben ser residentes actuales de tiempo completo de uno de los siguientes condados de la Área de Bahía: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, o Sonoma. Para aprender más sobre la elegibilidad, por favor visita nuestro sitio web.

¡ACTA les anima a lxs musicxs tradicionales elegibles del Área de la Bahía a rellenar esta solicitud rápida y fácil para estos fondos!
Sounds of California: Boyle Heights participants Meztli Kali and Victoria Echerikuahperi recording their radio show, "The Sister Show," airing at Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory. Photo: Martha Escudero.

We're Hiring!
Sounds of California Archives and Media Intern

We are excited to announce the opening of a paid internship position at ACTA!

The Sounds of California Archives and Media Intern will work primarily with archival and newly-created multimedia materials related to our ongoing Sounds of California project. This internship is available to enrolled and recently graduated undergraduate and community college students in Los Angeles County.

This is a position for a creative, community-oriented student with media skills and an interest in the cultural heritage of Los Angeles! During COVID-19, the position will be remote, and scheduling is flexible. Click here for more info.

This paid internship position is part of the LA County Department of Arts & Culture's Arts Internship Program.

Deadline to Apply: September 14, 2020
Applications Now Open for ACTA's Apprenticeship Program

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 a qualified apprentice for six to twelve months.

DEADLINE: October 19, 2020

Students learn traditional Tejano music in Cutler-Orosi with 2019 Living Cultures organization Nuevo Comienzo. Photo: C. Murillo/ACTA.
Coming Soon:
ACTA's Living Cultures Grant Program

Applications for ACTA's 2021 Living Cultures Grant Program will open October 1, 2020. The deadline for submitting applications will be December 1, 2020.

New this year: funding will be provided for proposed cultural projects that occur between March 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Applications in Spanish are welcome. Please be on the lookout for more on our website and social media channels (FacebookInstagram).
Register for an Upcoming Grants Info Session

Join us for an online info session about the Apprenticeship Program, the upcoming Living Cultures Program grants, and other relevant funding opportunities!

Thursday September 17
12 pm PST
Register here.

Regístrese para una próxima sesión de información

¡Acompáñanos a una sesión informativa en línea sobre el Programa de Aprendices, el próximo Programa de Apoyo Financiero para las Culturas Vivas y otras oportunidades relevantes de financiamiento!

Jueves 17 de septiembre
12 pm PST
Inscríbete aquí.
Cesar Castro (R) and Xochi Flores.
Shelter Together
Live videos from the homes of California traditional artists
Next up on our online video program Shelter Together: we're welcoming son jarocho artists Cesar Castro and Xochi Flores! The LA-based duo will be sharing both music and dance in the son jarocho tradition from Veracruz, Mexico. Join us!

Friday September 4, 2020
12 pm PST
Live on ACTA's Facebook page

Check out all the past episodes of Shelter Together here. Keep an eye on our social media (Instagram and Facebook) for more info on upcoming episodes!


Yurok, Karuk, and Hupa Basket Weavers Maggie Peters + Nelia Marshall

Last week on Shelter Together we featured Humboldt County basket weavers Maggie Peters (Yurok) and Nelia Marshall (Hupa). Mentor artist Maggie and apprentice Nelia shared about their Apprenticeship work together in the Yurok, Karuk, and Hupa cultural practice of making traditional baby baskets. They touched on everything from the process of preparing hazel and spruce root for weaving baskets, to the impacts of colonization, climate change, and COVID-19 on indigenous practices within their communities, as well as the creativity and improvisation required to sustain these practices. Click to watch!
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