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Chris Low's Apprenticeship Blog

Chinese lion dancer and lion head maker Chris Low of Torrance was an apprentice in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011 with master artist Corey Chan.

This blog follows the course of Chris's apprenticeship with Corey, as they repaired and restored an old lion head and choreographed a lion dance using traditional movements and elements.

 

Holly Calica's Apprenticeship Blog

Weaver Holly Calica is a current apprentice in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program with master Kalinga weaverJenny Bawer Young.

This blog follows the course of Holly's apprenticeship with Jenny, as they train Holly in the art of Kalinga weaving, or laga, covering the entire process from assembling a backstrap loom to weaving.

 

Inactive Blogs

Beto González's Apprenticeship Blog

Percussionist Beto González of Los Angeles was an apprentice in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011 with master Candomblé artist Mestre Amen Santo.

This blog followed the course of Beto's apprenticeship with Mestre Amen, as they worked to improve Beto’s technique, as well as build his knowledge of the vast repertoire of rhythms within the Candomblé tradition.

 

Beatriz Muñiz's Apprenticeship Blog

Afro-Cuban batá drummer Beatriz Muñiz of Sacramento was an apprentice in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011 with master artist Harold Muñiz.

This blog followed the course of Beatriz's apprenticeship with Harold, as they worked to refine Beatriz's mastery of her "chair," or specific drum she plays within the batá ensemble.

Dominic Garcia's Apprenticeship Blog

Afro-Cuban batá drummer Dominic Garcia of Sacramento was an apprentice in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011 with master artist Harold Muñiz.

This blog followed the course of Dominic's apprenticeship with Harold, as they worked to refine Dominic's mastery of his "chair," or specific drum he plays within the batá ensemble.

Juan Carlos Blanco Riera's Apprenticeship Blog

Master Afro-Cuban percussionist Juan Carlos Blanco Riera was a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2010 with apprentice Menelike Turner.

This blog followed the course of Juan Carlos' apprenticeship with Menelike, as he worked with Menelike in developing more nuance and refinement in the techniques of Afro-Cuban batá drumming, and guided Menelike in learning songs and rhythms for each of the orishas, ultimately grooming him to become a lead percussionist for Omo Aché Afro-Cuban Music & Dance Company.

Lance Zazueta's Apprenticeship Blog

Saddlemaker Lance Zazueta of Red Bluff was an apprentice in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2010 with his grandfather, master artist Gaylerd Thissell.

This blog followed the course of Lance's apprenticeship with his grandfather, as he worked with Lance in the basics of building a saddle from start to finish. The apprenticeship involved Lance’s practice in using saddle-making tools, cutting leather, and customizing saddles with designs and stamps. The apprenticeship also included  instruction on finishing the saddle with edging and oiling.

Linda Yamane's Apprenticeship Blog

Master Ohlone basketweaver Linda Yamane of Seaside was a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2010 with apprentice Carol Bachmann.

This blog followed the course of Linda's apprenticeship with Carol, as she instructed her in the construction a feathered basket. Ohlone feathered baskets involve a labor-intensive three-rod coiling technique. In addition to the delicate work of incorporating fine mallard duck feathers throughout the outer basket wall, the baskets are adorned with quail topknot feathers and abalone shell dangles.

 

 

 

Patricia A. Montgomery's Apprenticeship Blog

Master African American quilt maker Patricia A. Montgomery was a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011 with apprentice Helen Anderson.

This blog followed the course of Patricia's apprenticeship with Helen, as they built upon Helen’s mastery of practical skills to encourage her creative acumen as she creates six story quilts of her own design.

Prumsodun Ok's Apprenticeship Blog

Master Cambodian classical dancer Prumsodun Ok of Los Angeles was a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011 with his apprentice and sister Khannia Ok.

This blog followed the course of their apprenticeship, as they focused on developing Khannia’s abilities as a solo performer through the intensive study of Robam Apsara and Robam Tiyae, two pieces of traditional choreography.

 

Reaksmey Lath's Apprenticeship Blog

Cambodian classical dancer Reaksmey Lath of San Diego was an apprentice in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011 with master artist Charya Burt.

This blog followed the course of Reaksmey's apprenticeship with Charya, as they worked to refine Reaksmey's presentation of two of the four main characters of the classical Cambodian repertoire and learn three new dance pieces over the course of the apprenticeship.

 

 

 

 

Thai Heritage Returns 2011 Blog

The Thai Cultural Center’s mission is to instill pride in Thai culture among Thai-American youth, to build self-confidence, camaraderie, and leadership skills through performance and to introduce Thai performing arts and music to audiences in California.

This blog follows Thai Heritage Returns: a 2011 ten-day heritage program during which Thai-American youth perform a Thai classical dance drama at the National Theatre in Bangkok.

Western Wind

Thangka painter Paul Ferguson of Oakland, California, was an apprentice in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2010 with master artist Ang Tsherin Sherpa.  Western Wind will follow the course of Paul's apprenticeship as Tsherin instructs him in the nuances of Buddhist thangka paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

William Harrison's Apprenticeship Blog

Mountain Maidu basketweaver William Harrison of Woodland was an apprentice in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011 with master artist Ennis Peck.

This blog will followed the course of William's apprenticeship with Ennis, as they built upon William’s knowledge of traditional Maidu regalia, singing, and other ceremonial practice.  Their work together will focused on harvesting and preparing raw materials for the construction of a large close-weaved storage basket.

 

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