Regional Organization of Oaxaca
The Regional Organization of Oaxaca-Organización Regional de Oaxaca (ORO) is a community-based organization established as a nonprofit in 1987 in the City of Los Angeles by Zapotec immigrants seeking to maintain unity for their community as well as provide opportunities for meaningful social and cultural engagement.
Grants from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program in 2015, 2014, and 2013 supported the Guelaguetza Festival, a popular gathering space where different ethnicities from Oaxaca gather to share regional dances, music, crafts, and food. The Los Angeles event draws 10,000 people each year. The festival includes such traditional arts workshops as Zapotec palm weaving, Triqui back-strap weaving, and Zapotec black clay-making.
A 2017 award will provide support for the Children’s Guelaguetza where youth ages 4-12 will participate in traditional dances from the eight regions of Oaxaca and shared at the public performance in Los Angeles where over 10,000 people will attend events over two days.