Ang Tsherin Sherpa and Grupo Aguacero Featured at ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series
Come to the table, La Mesa. Bring your art, your questions, and your curiousity to this informal yet familiar context—a shared space, an imagined table...
These ideas formed the basis of ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series which, since 2008, has provided a host of free and participatory Bay Area salons, workshops, and gatherings for folk, traditional, and tradition-based artists, arts advocates, and the general public. In response to the need of traditional artists who are often hidden from many sectors of the arts community, the series provided a way in which many artists from all sectors could interact and cross boundaries that often face artists who work isolated in their own genres or cultural communities.
One such evening, co-sponsored with the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco, brought together artists of two seemingly disparate areas and genres: Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Thanka painting master from Tibet, and Grupo Aguacero, Puerto Rican music and dance ensemble whose focus is on the Afro-Puerto Rican roots of the form, were featured presenters. Many points of connection were evident with the two who deal with the challenges and innovation of forms as artists working outside of their home country.
ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series is supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.