Tabla, North Indian percussion
Lao language, arts, culture, and cuisine
The Karen Organization of San Diego is committed to the educational and social enhancement of various ethnic minority groups from Burma who reside in San Diego, California.  Burma is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, with eight main ethnic groups and more…
The Network of Myanmar American Association (NetMAA) is a grassroots, community-based organization that aims to support and promote the Myanmar( Burmese) community in Los Angeles through civic and cultural education.  NetMAA holds various programs throughout the year to benefit the Myanmar-American community in Los Angeles, including…
Japanese gagaku is the oldest form of orchestral music still performed today, with a history of more than 1,300 years.  The Northern California Gagaku Group was formed in 2009 under the direction of Rev. Dr. David Masumoto, resident minister of the Berkeley Buddhist Temple and Director of Contemporary Buddhist Studies…
The Selma Arts Foundation aims to enrich the lives of all people in the southern part of Fresno County by promoting and celebrating the arts in all forms. In 2015, a grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program will support the Selma Arts Foundation’s Bhangra…
Ziya, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit, multicultural arts center based in Berkeley, California.  Ziya’s mission is to promote the study, understanding, and preservation of the traditional arts and cultures of the SAMENA (South Asia to Middle East and North Africa) region and their diasporas in the…
The qeej (a multiple pipe bamboo mouth organ, pronounced kheng) is the quintessential Hmong instrument.  Used in ritual practices, the qeej replicates the tones and vowel sounds of the Hmong language and the qeej player uses his instrument to communicate with the spirit world.  Ritual movements accompany the music; your…
Hayashi is a traditional Japanese percussion ensemble.  Originating in Noh theater in the 14th century, hayashi also plays an important part in Kabuki theater.  The core hayashi instruments are the kotsuzumi (a shoulder drum that produces low sounds), the okawa (a hand drum that makes very high sounds), and the…
The Central Coast Japanese American Legacy Organization’s ambition is to preserve, document, and contribute to the living history of the Central Coast’s Japanese American community, now five generations strong. A grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program in 2015 will support the development of a community…