The New Moon
October 28, 2022 | Vol. 19, No. 8
Join us for La Cultura Cura:
The Traditional Arts for Healing

La Cultura Cura: The traditional arts for healing is a program of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts in partnership with the LA County Department of Mental Health, the Dept’s Latino Underserved Cultural Committee, community organizations across LA County, and mental health promoter Maria Moreno. The series of 4 workshops focuses on how cultural practices can support our healing through storytelling, cultural foods, altars, songwriting, and other day to day cultural practices for the Latino/a/x community. The workshops are bilingual in Spanish and English and primarily held online. We’ll be holding 3 more series next year for different parts of the county! Please stay tuned!

Check out the full workshop series below:

  • 11.16.2022 | Share and listen to stories: cultural healing dishes with Juana Mena y Omar G. Ramírez on Zoom

  • 11.30.22 | The milagro charm of wellbeing: a personal offering with Ofelia Esparza y Rosanna Esparza Ahrens on Zoom

  • 12.7.22 | The rebozo [shawl] of wellbeing: affirming our healing for grief and loss with Luz Marlene Cordero, Francisca Teodoro, Mayra Simons on Zoom

  • 12.14.22 | Music heals: collective songwriting to move forward with Vaneza Mary Calderón y Chuy Sandoval, at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural, 12677 Glenoaks Blvd, Sylmar, CA 91342
Acompáñenos para La Cultura Cura:
Las artes tradicionales para sanarnos

La Cultura Cura: Las artes tradicionales para sanarnos es un programa de la Alianza para las Artes Tradicionales en California en asociación con el Departamento de Salud Mental del Condado de Los Ángeles, el Latino Underserved Cultural Committee del Departamento, organizaciones comunitarias a través del Condado de Los Ángeles y la promotora de salud mental María Moreno. Esta serie de 4 talleres se enfoca en cómo las prácticas culturales pueden apoyar nuestra sanación a través de contar historias, comidas culturales, milagros/amuletos, composición de canciones y otras prácticas culturales cotidianas para la comunidad Latina. Los talleres son bilingües en español e inglés y se llevan a cabo principalmente en línea. ¡Tendremos 3 más series el próximo año para diferentes partes del condado! ¡Por favor manténganse en sintonía!

Echa un vistazo a la serie completa de talleres a continuación:

  • 11.16.2022 | Contar y escuchar historias: platillos culturales y sanadores con Juana Mena y Omar G. Ramírez en Zoom

  • 11.30.22 | El milagro de bienestar: una ofrenda personal con Ofelia Esparza y Rosanna Esparza Ahrens en Zoom

  • 12.7.22 | El rebozo de bienestar: afirmando nuestra sanación para el duelo y la pérdida con Luz Marlene Cordero, Francisca Teodoro, Mayra Simons en Zoom

  • 12.14.22 | La música alivia: composición colectiva para salir adelante con Vaneza Mary Calderón y Chuy Sandoval, en persona a Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural, 12677 Glenoaks Blvd, Sylmar, CA 91342

Welcoming Leticia Soto Flores
ACTA's new Development Manager

Leticia Soto Flores, PhD, comes to ACTA as a Development Manager and is responsible for the development, execution, and tracking of funds. She is an adamant supporter of ACTA’s mission to safeguard diverse cultural traditions by providing transmission opportunities for traditions to be sustained and unique spaces in which to flourish. 
Leticia is an ethnomusicologist, educator, and musician. She received her B.A. in Economics (2001), where she gained extensive administrative skills in the realm of database design and financial reporting. Having long been a mariachi musician in Los Angeles (since 1991), she pursued an M.A. in Ethnomusicology and interned at Smithsonian Folkways and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington DC. Leticia received her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology (2015) with her dissertation entitled “How Musical is Woman?: Performing Gender in Mariachi Music.” Combining her two passions, economics and ethnomusicology, in April of 2012, she was appointed founding director of Mexico City’s Escuela de Mariachi Ollin Yoliztli en Garibaldi, Mexico’s first formal mariachi music academy. Leticia is based in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

What excites you most about the work of ACTA?
I am fascinated with how ACTA’s partnerships with California’s cultural artists are expanded to include expressive traditions coming to this state from all over the world. I also love that our programs not only support artists working to transmit their ways of knowing through restorative justice and arts healing, but they also help foster a sense of belonging in the communities artists work in, whether prisons, close-knit neighborhoods, or one-on-one teaching. For these reasons, and many others, I am excited to join the ACTA community and participate in the various ways in which staff members continuously convert theories of cultural sustainability into practice every day in vulnerable communities across the state. Sustaining traditions and cultural history in the making! 

In Case You Missed It...
Engaging Tradition Video Series:
Making Home Altars

Learn how to make your own home altar, or ofrenda, with master altarista, Ofelia Esparza

Engaging Tradition is a series of educational videos that share the histories, practices, and communities behind several of California’s cherished traditional art forms. These videos are designed for teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning about traditional arts in a variety of educational settings. Browse through the videos below and you will find visualizations of history, personal narratives from culture bearers, and participatory demonstrations with artists, each contributing a thread to the rich cloth of our shared cultural heritage.
Ofelia Esparza in the Journal of Folklore and Education

Día de los Muertos Altars: Bridges to Remembrance, Healing, and Community

As Día de los Muertos celebrations grow ever more popular, this article shares a perspective grounded in the East L.A. Chicano community from National Heritage Fellow Ofelia Esparza. A former school teacher, her classroom activities offer teachers important resources and lessons.

Communities of Change: Traditional Arts as Enduring Social Practice in California’s Bay Area
A new publication of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts,
commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Looking for Japanese Koto Lessons? Searching to Hire an African American Griot?

Try the California Traditional Artists Plaza

A new, free resource for artists and the public
to Learn, Hire, and Engage.

ACTA's California Traditional Artists Plaza facilitates engagement with artists by foregrounding work-for-hire opportunities that will positively impact the livelihoods of traditional artists. During the Covid-19 pandemic, ACTA saw a need to build out a new tool to increase opportunities not just for sharing information, but for hiring traditional artists for both remote and in-person engagements, recognizing their work as critical to the economic recovery of the California arts sector.

The California Traditional Artists Plaza creates a new, centralized space for traditional artists to advertise their work and create new connections online.

Submit a profile today, or browse the artists' dynamic offerings, from remote lessons, to consultations, to handmade visual arts and crafts. 
2007 Apprenticeship mentor artist Leanne Mounvongkham and apprentice Kami Thephavong in Northern Lao Weaving and Foodways, Fresno. Photo: Sherwood Chen/ACTA.
Featured Opportunities__________________
We invite you to join us for Let’s Talk: What Artists Need To Thrive, a live series of Zoom conversations, kicking off on Thursday, December 8, at 12 PM PT. This series is hosted by and co-created with Bay Area artist Beatrice Thomas. Beatrice is a founder and director of Authentic Arts & Media, cultural strategist and creative producer. 
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.