2019 Living Cultures grantee, La Última Parada, presents Día de Los Muertos traditions at BrasArte in Berkeley. The Garcia-Colmenarez Family demonstrate a sonecito from La Viejada de San Jose—a take on a Mexican tradition from La Region Huasteca in which the dead are honored via a masked dance through the streets during Day of the Dead. Photo: J. Carrillo/ACTA
ACTA's Living Cultures Grant Program:

Applications Now Open!

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.

Supporting activities between July 15, 2022 and July 15, 2023.

The Living Cultures grant application will launch March 1, 2022.

The Living Cultures Grant is generously supported by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.
La Beca de Culturas Vivas de ACTA:

Las solicitudes ya están abiertas

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.

Apoyando actividades entre el 15 de julio de 2022 y el 15 de julio de 2023.

La solicitud del becario de Culturas Vivas se lanzará el 1 de marzo de 2022
La Beca Culturas Vivas cuenta con el apoyo generoso de la Fundación William & Flora Hewlett y el Fondo Walter y Elise Haas.
Mentor artist Youngmin Lee (L) with her 2019 ACTA apprentice in Korean bojagi wrapping cloths, Stephanie Rue (R), at Youngmin’s home in Pleasanton, CA.
ACTA's Apprenticeship Program:

Applications Now Open!

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.

Supporting activities between July 15, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
The Apprenticeship Program is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, ArtPlace San Joaquin Valley, and the Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation. 
El Programa de Aprendizaje de ACTA:

Las solicitudes ya están abiertas

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.

Apoyando actividades entre el 15 de julio de 2022 y el 30 de junio de 2023.
El Programa de Aprendizaje cuenta con el generoso apoyo del National Endowment for the Arts, el Fondo Walter & Elise Haas, la Fundación William and Flora Hewlett, ArtPlace San Joaquin Valley y la Fundación Maxwell/Hanrahan.
Have a question about these funding opportunities?
Join us for an online info session!

¿Tiene alguna pregunta sobre estas oportunidades para becas? ¡Únase a nosotros para una sesión de información en línea!

Join us for an overview of 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). You will have an opportunity to field any questions to the program managers, and we will take a moment to offer a brief overview of the online application platform, Submittable.

Acompáñenos para un resumen de las oportunidades de financiamiento de ACTA para 2022, incluido el Programa de Aprendices (disponible en todo el estado, para artistas) y la Beca de Culturas Vivas (este año disponible para el Área de la Bahía de SF, para organizaciones). Tendrá la oportunidad de presentar cualquier pregunta a las administradoras de programas y tomaremos un momento para ofrecerles una breve descripción general de la plataforma de solicitud en línea, Submittable.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 6 – 7:15 pm PST
Miércoles, 16 de marzo de 2022 @ 6 – 7:15 p. m. PST
(Bilingual - English and Spanish)
Este programa será bilingüe en inglés y español.

Can't join? Check out a recording of our last info session on March 10 here!

Journey to Surrender:
ACTA Apprenticeship Public Sharing

As many of our program participants deal with transitioning between virtual and in-person activities, we've been delighted to see the variety of formats ACTA's Apprenticeship cohort has engaged with for their public sharings!

One example is a short dance film by mentor artist Erik K. Raymond Lee and his 2021 ACTA apprentice in praise dancing, Jeremy Brooks. Both Erik and Jeremy are African-American Christians from Oakland, CA—they share a passion for self-expression through dance and hold the same values of utilizing the arts as a medium to engage in and uplift critical discussions. Together, they explored best practices on how to generate movement that is biblically based in intention and speaks to the principles of the Christian faith.

Erik writes: “This short film captures a need for people to find love, joy and peace in quiet moments where we decide to surrender to the right things that bring us strength. In this case while it is spiritual in connection to God, it is also a practical invitation to surrender to how things are going in life, and reach for the ways we can find strength in what we have that allows us to move forward. It is a journey indeed as it is not easy.”

Music: This Altar by Psalmist Raine & Withholding Nothing Medley by William McDowell

Image: 2021 ACTA apprentice Jeremy Brooks performs in the dance film "Journey to Surrender" by mentor artist in praise dance, Erik K. Raymond Lee.
Roots for Challenging Times:
A spring concert series

2021 ACTA Living Cultures grantee organization, Inspired Sound Initiative, launches its Roots for Challenging Times concert series in April! Join them in Los Angeles for lecture demonstrations in the traditional music and dances of Veracruz, Mexico; Andalusia, Spain; West Africa; and the Middle East. The events are free and open to the public!

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is now accepting applications for the LIFT–Early Career Support for Native Artists program, a one-year award and early career support program for emerging Native artists to develop and realize new projects. The program’s focus is to provide financial support and professional development to artists whose work aims to uplift communities and advance positive social change. Click here for a full description of the program.
DEADLINE: 3/16/2022
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.