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Sharing an Indigenous Mixtec Día de los Muertos Celebration in Madera

Photos and text by Amy Kitchener and Crystal Murillo, ACTA
El Día de los Muertos, on November 1 and 2, is widely celebrated in California by people of Mexican descent as part of a sacred ritual to remember and commune with deceased loved ones. There are many...

Jennifer Joy Jameson to Join ACTA as New Media Communications Manager


ACTA is pleased to announce that Jennifer Joy Jameson will join ACTA in the newly created position of New Media Program Manager, effective March 1, 2017. Jennifer Joy Jameson is a public folklorist...

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Dear Friends, Master musician Bounxeung Synanonh was only fifteen when he first picked up the kaen, a free-reed mouth organ made from varied lengths of bamboo lined with copper. Despite that he was...

In Memoriam: Golden Sound Moving, Remembering Danongan Sibay Kalanduyan (1947- 2016)

Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager
If there is one driving message of the late Danongan ‘Danny’ Kalanduyan, who is credited for introducing kulintang music (literally meaning golden sound moving) to the US, it was that he wanted his...

ACTA Celebrates Oakland!


Our continuing statewide Roundtable Series brought together our ACTA board of directors, staff and a host of artists, cultural activists, and colleagues for a program on October 5th, 2016 which we...

The 2016 National Heritage Fellows Concert Webcast is Now Online


On September 30, 2016 the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellows were honored at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. The event was emcee'd by ACTA Board President and...

ACTA Announces Job Opening for New Media Communications Manager


ACTA is currently seeking a full-time New Media Communications Manager. The New Media Communications Manager is in charge of the development and dissemination of all program content in online and...

Hidden Contributions to Feast Day Celebrations: Mixteco Artistry

Russell Rodríguez, Ph.D., Program Manager
Throughout the dominantly Catholic Latin America, the celebration of patron saint feast days is quite common, be it the Vírgen de Guadalupe (Mexico), El Día de San Juan (Puerto Rico), or El Día de...

This is Not Your Grandmother’s Klezmer – Veretski Pass in Conversation

Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager, in conversation with musician Cookie Segelstein
For many diaspora communities, musical expressions can be one of the artifacts that captures change, influences, innovations, or even the possibility of remaining static. What happens to these...

Recipients of Nation's Highest Honor in the Folk and Traditional Arts Celebrated at Free Concert and Awards Ceremony


The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will take place Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. The concert will feature performances...

Between the Symbols of the Nation: Two Weeks in D.C. with “Sounds of California” at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager
Leaving our California offices on June 27th, Amy Kitchener, ACTA’s Executive Director, Russell Rodriguez, Quetzal Flores, and I (program staff) arrived in Washington, D.C. for the culmination of a...

California Artists Bounxeung Synanonh and Artemio Posadas Receive Nation’s Highest Honor in the Folk and Traditional Arts


ACTA is proud to announce that two Master Artists from California, Artemio Posadas and Bounxeung Synanonh, are among the nine recipients of the 2016 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage...

ACTA Welcomes New Executive Assistant Crystal Murillo


ACTA is excited to introduce our newest staff member, Crystal Murillo. As ACTA’s new Executive Assistant, Crystal will be working closely with Executive Director Amy Kitchener, assisting in her day...

Opening Los Angeles Roundtable Series Brings Together Artists and Community from the African Diaspora

Beto González, Program Specialist
Just settling into my new position and armed with funding from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, I was tasked with curating a new round of ACTA’s signature Traditional Arts Roundtable Series (...

Sustain Arts Provides Open Access to Arts and Cultural Data for the Bay Area


Sustain Arts Bay Area is an easy-to-use online tool tailored to meet the needs of arts administrators, arts funders, cultural policy makers, and individual artists in the Bay Area. At bayarea....

Sounds of California: Engaging, Recording, and Archiving the State’s Soundscape

Amy Kitchener, Executive Director
ACTA is working on a new initiative called the Sounds of California – a multifaceted project involving performance, recording, archiving, and public dialogue about the cultural soundscapes of this...

ACTA Co-Produces the Sounds of California at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival


As part of ACTA’s ongoing Sounds of California initiative, ACTA is proud to be co-producing the Sounds of California program at the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in...

Reflecting on the Sounds of California

Russell Rodríguez, Ph.D., Program Manager
Music is more than an object of study: it is a way of perceiving the world. A tool of understanding... An instrument of understanding, it prompts us to decipher a sound form of knowledge (Jaques...

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Quetzal Flores, Program Manager
When I first met Nobuko Miyamoto, I was 19 years old and working as tech at the Japan American Theater. She was mounting a one-time performance, the production A Slice of Rice. I was completely taken...

ACTA Staff Transitions: Quetzal Flores and Suzanne Hildebrand to Pursue New Horizons

Amy Kitchener, Executive Director
This month we announce two staff transitions, as Quetzal Flores and Suzanne Hildebrand leave their positions at ACTA. Both Quetzal and Suzanne have been a part of our long-term core staff and...

Smithsonian Folkways CD Release Songs of Struggle and Hope by Agustín Lira and Alma


ACTA would like to congratulate Agustín Lira and Patricia Wells Solorzano for their new Smithsonian Folkways recording Songs of Struggle & Hope by Agustín Lira and Alma. Alma is the group name...

WATCH :: Collective Songwriting in Boyle Heights


ACTA's ongoing work in Boyle Heights with The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative has allowed us to support traditional artists' efforts to further develop cultural...

ACTA Welcomes New Development and Donor Engagement Manager Patricia Miye Wakida


ACTA is excited to welcome its newest staff member Patricia Miye Wakida.  As ACTA’s Development and Donor Engagement Manager, Patricia will be working in close partnership with Executive...

ACTA's Roundtable Series Comes to Los Angeles


Please join ACTA for our 2016-17 Roundtable Series in Los Angeles County. The Series is designed to strengthen intercultural arts networks and to offer opportunities for traditional and tradition...

New Funding Opportunities: Living Cultures Grants Program and Apprenticeship Program


This month, ACTA announces new funding opportunities for folk & traditional artists: Living Cultures Grants ProgramDeadline: July 15, 2016 Apprenticeship ProgramDeadline: July 15, 2016 Join a...
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