"Traditional arts are a way of creating new social relations.
People are fighting back against the world that has been handed to them. They are creating a picture of the world that many of us want to live in."

- Dr. George Lipsitz,  Professor of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara
describing ACTA's Building Healthy Communities projects.
Giving Tuesday started in 2012 as a response to the feverish consumerism that has come to be associated with the days following Thanksgiving. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are about buying things. Giving Tuesday is about supporting causes that speak to you.
Just as many retailers rely on holiday sales, many nonprofits rely on year-end donations.  At the Alliance for California Traditional Arts , we know that there are many demands on your philanthropy. But at this whirlwind time of the year, we ask you to take a moment to reflect on what ACTA means to you.
Consider the many practitioners and organizations we serve - the beauty and richness they bring to your life. Consider the essential space ACTA occupies as a bridge between artists, communities, and you. Consider how California is at the forefront of the nation's shift toward plurality - and the powerful role ACTA plays in weaving a more equitable and empathetic social fabric for all of us.
Your generosity makes possible such ambitious work, supporting  the traditional artists that make vibrant communities.  Your generosity contributes to a better California.

Will you make a gift in support of California's thriving cultural communities?  Any amount, whether it be a one-time gift or a monthly donation, will help us meet our goal. F rom the entire ACTA family, thank you for your interest in what we do.
Donate now on our website,
or join our Giving Tuesday fundraiser on Facebook.

Gifts made through Facebook on Tuesday December 3, beginning at 5 AM Pacific Time, are eligible for a one-to-one match by Facebook.

Contact: Mark Hernandez, Director of Development
[email protected](415) 346-5200

In the next few weeks, we will reach out to you with special messages and gifts to brighten this time of year. Keep an eye out for them!

Top image: ACTA Arts in Corrections artist resident Marty Natividad leads a Danza Azteca workshop at the  Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and California State Prison in Corcoran, CA. Photo: Peter Merts, courtesy of the California Arts Council.

California is at the forefront of the country's shift toward racial and ethnic plurality. We hold the key to breaking the race-based discrimination, injustice, and bigotry that has infected our democracy. The culture-bearers of our state are leading the way in reimagining a country that embodies multiplicity, equity, and mutual respect.
For the past 22 years, ACTA has been supporting the work of artists and organizations who engage with the transformative and restorative impact of collective traditions in their communities. Learn more in our Annual Report, which celebrates our accomplishments in fiscal year 2018 - 19. Through stories, photos, and graphics, you will explore the extraordinary work that tells us what it means to be human.

It is a testament to the power of ACTA, as well as the visionary funders who make our work possible.
Image: 2018 ACTA apprentice Jasmine Orpilla performs pangalay dance from the Philippines at a Traditional Arts Roundtable Series (TARS) event. Photo: T. Saarelma/ACTA.

The ACTA offices will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2019, to January 1, 2020 Our offices will reopen on January 2, 2020.
REMAP: LA is offering participatory intensives with stellar LA artists, pathbreakers and wayfinders to the possible.  Artist-led Participatory Workshops taking place across Los Angeles and ranging from heritage-based arts, writing, performance and beyond will offer participants new artistic tools, methodologies and approaches towards more creative and effective engagement of communities.  Cultural Community Benefits trainings based on the  ArtChangeUS Cultural Community Benefits Toolkit  will offer institutional as well as individual cultural organizers a practical and meaningful framework for building commitments to greater diversity, equitable stakeholder relationships, and structural change within their work. Register by December 31 for 30% off registration.
DATE: 01/21/2020 - 01/30/2020

These grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Cost share/matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.  Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category.  New guidelines will be posted in December. Check here for updates.
DEADLINE: 02/13/2020
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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