ACTA's Programs

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts administers three core programs which provide grants and contracts to folk & traditional artists and organizations.

Sounds of California

SAVE THE DATE for Sounds of California in San José: Saturday, Nov. 25 

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts invites you to join South Bay, San José, and Mayfair artists and residents to celebrate the Sounds of California. 

Living Cultures Grants Program

Little Manila Dance Collective (photo: Little Manila)

The Living Cultures Grants Program seeks to sustain and strengthen the folk and traditional arts in the state of California with grants of $5,000 to California-based nonprofits, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors.

Apprenticeship Program

Apprentice Panuncio Gutiérrez (L) with a recently finished danza de los apaches mask and master artist Luis Morales holding a recently finished danza de los diablos mask. Photo: Amy KitchenerThe Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuity of the state’s traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. Each $3,000 contract will support a period of concentrated learning for apprentices demonstrate a committed engagement with and talent for a specific folk & traditional art form or practice.

Roundtable Series

Beginning in 2008, our Roundtable Series was designed to strengthen intercultural traditional arts networks and to offer opportunities for traditional and tradition-based artists and arts advocates to learn from one another through intimate discussion, technical assistance, networking, and sharing community-based arts and culture.

Please join ACTA for our 2016-17 Roundtable Series in Los Angeles County, generously supported by The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, which will offer programs throughout the year at various arts venues.

Community Leadership Project

Students of the Merced Lao Family Community’s qeej (pronounced “gheng”) class.


The Community Leadership Project (CLP) is supported by a joint partnership between the David & Lucile Packard, James Irvine, and William & Flora Hewlett foundations.  It supports financial stability and leadership development for small and midsize organizations serving low-income people and communities of color in the San Joaquin Valley.