San Francisco Kulintang Legacy at 50th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival
San Francisco Kulintang Legacy at 50th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Welcome New Arts in Corrections Staff Antonio + Jasmin!
Welcome New Arts in Corrections Staff Antonio + Jasmin!
“You Can’t Just Go and Ask Questions; You’ve Got to Show Them Who You Are”: A Farewell Interview with ACTA’s Russell Rodríguez
“You Can’t Just Go and Ask Questions; You’ve Got to Show Them Who You Are”: A Farewell Interview with ACTA’s Russell Rodríguez
California Arts Council Doubles Investment in ACTA’s Arts in Corrections Program
California Arts Council Doubles Investment in ACTA’s Arts in Corrections Program
LA Uprising: 25 Years Later (1992-2017), A Traditional Arts Roundtable
LA Uprising: 25 Years Later (1992-2017), A Traditional Arts Roundtable
 NEW: Building Healthy Communities Report on Health through Cultural Arts in Boyle Heights
NEW: Building Healthy Communities Report on Health through Cultural Arts in Boyle Heights
Performing Defiance: The Hidden Legacy of Koto Music at a Japanese Internment Camp
Performing Defiance: The Hidden Legacy of Koto Music at a Japanese Internment Camp
Well Wishes to Former AIC Program Coordinator Marisa Martinez!
Well Wishes to Former AIC Program Coordinator Marisa Martinez!
Weaving Native Futures at the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association’s 27th Annual Gathering
Weaving Native Futures at the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association’s 27th Annual Gathering
Common Threads and a Shared Purpose at Bay Area Grantee Gathering
Common Threads and a Shared Purpose at Bay Area Grantee Gathering

Welcome New Arts in Corrections Staff Antonio + Jasmin!


This month ACTA welcomes two impressive new staff members to the ACTA team to steward and facilitate the expanding ACTA Arts in Corrections (AIC) program, now working in 16 prisons...

Well Wishes to Former AIC Program Coordinator Marisa Martinez!


This month, we say farewell to our former Arts in Corrections Program Coordinator, Marisa Martinez, who is moving on to focus on time with her family and her music.  Read an interview with...

Performing Defiance: The Hidden Legacy of Koto Music at a Japanese Internment Camp

By Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong. Master Artist, Japanese koto (ACTA Apprenticeship Program 2016, 2014)
My grandmother, Masaye Ishikawa Hori, loved the sound of the koto. She could hear the Honnami family playing koto, shakuhachi (bamboo flute), and shamisen (3-stringed lute)...

Weaving Native Futures at the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association’s 27th Annual Gathering

by Rebecca Tortes, CIBA
For over a quarter of a century, the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association (CIBA) has worked diligently to increase the number of active California Indian basket weavers and to increase...

NEW: Building Healthy Communities Report on Health through Cultural Arts in Boyle Heights


A collaboration between ACTA and The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities Initiative, Building Healthy Communities: Approaching Community Health Through Heritage and Culture...

LA Uprising: 25 Years Later (1992-2017), A Traditional Arts Roundtable


On June 20th, a Traditional Arts Roundtable with ACTA and the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), LA Uprising: 25 Years Later (1992-2017) gathered members of the Koreatown and South L.A....

“You Can’t Just Go and Ask Questions; You’ve Got to Show Them Who You Are”: A Farewell Interview with ACTA’s Russell Rodríguez


With this issue, we say farewell to programs manager, Russell Rodríguez, who will be joining the faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz as an assistant professor in the Music Department...

California Arts Council Doubles Investment in ACTA’s Arts in Corrections Program


As we commence our fourth year facilitating Arts in Corrections programs throughout the state, we are proud to announce the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections...

San Francisco Kulintang Legacy at the 50th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival

By Titania Buchholdt
On July 6 and 7, San Francisco Kulintang Legacy performed traditional kulintang ensemble music of the Philippines and contemporary kulintang music of California at the  50th...

Well Wishes to Former AIC Program Coordinator Marisa Martinez!


Welcome New Arts in Corrections Staff Antonio + Jasmin!


Common Threads and a Shared Purpose at Bay Area Grantee Gathering

by Lily Kharrazi
A core principle guiding ACTA’s work is to provide opportunities for artists, activists, and cultural leaders to share their arts practices, their issues or concerns, and to celebrate their...

New Funding Opportunities + Webinars for 2018: ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program and Apprenticeship Program


This month, ACTA announces new funding opportunities for folk and traditional artists: LIVING CULTURES GRANTS PROGRAM Deadline to apply: JULY 17, 2017 The Living Cultures Grants Program seeks to...

Sounds of California: Mayferia!

by Lily Kharrazi
José Chuy Hernández, Mariachero and music instructor with ACTA program manager Russell Rodríguez before recording in the pop-up studio. Photo: Lily Kharrazi/ACTA How do you create a portrait of a...

Arts in Corrections in the News!

by ACTA
The California Arts Council’s Arts in Corrections initiative, for which ACTA is a partner, has been in the news! With the support of the California Arts Council and the California...

Promise Zone Arts is Launched

By Beto González
On March 28th ACTA and our partners LA Commons, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles Promise Zone Office and Youth Policy Institute,...

Working Through the Issues with Beads and Threads

Russell Rodríguez
“I’m just Indian being an Indian.” Mandy Marine Visiting with artists in our Apprenticeship Program is often a re-orienting process: It is a reminder of why we place such value in culture-based art...

Congress Appoints ACTA’s Amy Kitchener to Trustee Position at the Library of Congress

Jennifer Joy Jameson
California’s traditional artists and arts advocates have a new representative at our nation’s official repository for archival folklife materials. Executive Director and ACTA Co-Founder, Amy...

ACTA is pleased to announce that Marisa Martínez has joined ACTA as a project coordinator for its Arts in Corrections program.


Born and raised on the east side of Los Angeles, Marisa Martinez comes from a family of artists, progressive educators, and conscious thinkers. From an early age she was exposed and engaged in the...

ACTA Launches Promise Zone Arts Cultural Asset Mapping Project in Los Angeles


The Alliance for California Traditional Arts is pleased to begin work on the Promise Zone Arts project, a two-year cultural asset mapping program that will celebrate the cultural treasures of the...

Angelenos Gather for Food and Fellowship at Traditional Arts Roundtable

Jennifer Joy Jameson and Crystal Murillo
New and longtime friends and participants of ACTA programs gathered on March 2nd for our LA Traditional Arts Roundtable Series at Trópico de Nopal Gallery Art-Space in Echo Park. The Los Angeles...

Alliance for California Traditional Arts Awards $208,000 to Support the Living Cultural Heritage of the State


The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) is pleased to announce that it is awarding $208,000 in grants to California nonprofit organizations to support projects in folk and traditional...

Statewide Apprenticeship Program Supports California’s Cultural Traditions Through 18 Artist Teams


Since 1999, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ (ACTA) Apprenticeship Program has supported California’s cultural traditions with 314 contracts to outstanding folk and traditional artists...

YOU DID IT! OUR GRATITUDE TO THE DONORS OF ACTA’s END OF THE YEAR DONOR CAMPAIGN


We reached and raised $8,000 for ACTA’s Apprenticeship Donor Campaign! We couldn’t have done it without you. Fifty-seven of you gave from the heart and raised the funds to support two of the eighteen...

Ramón “Chunky” Sánchez (October 30, 1951 – October 28, 2016)

by Josephine S. Talamantez
Editor’s note: The ACTA board and staff was saddened to learn of Sánchez’ passing last month. ACTA invited longtime collaborator and public historian, Josephine S. Talamantez, to write her personal...
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