Founded in 1991 by a group of Vietnamese American journalists, artists, and friends, the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association is a community-based, nonprofit organization.  VAALA has organized numerous cultural events such as art exhibitions, book fairs, book signings, recitals, plays, lectures, the biennial Vietnamese International…
Master artist Juana Alicia Araiza founded the True Colors Mural Project in 2008.  She directs this public mural program based in the East San Francisco Bay Area.  TCMP preserves and revives the legacy of Mexican and Chican@ Mural Movements through the teaching of its philosophy and…
Oaxacan music
In 2013, the Asociation de la Pelota Mixteca de California Central received funding from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program for the Festival de la Pelota Mixteca, taking place each weekend between May and June.  The Oaxcan game of pelota is played by men utilizing an ornate…
In 2013, Comunidad Tlacolulence en Los Angeles (COTLA) received funding from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program for two observances of this Oaxacan indigenous community.  The Mayordormia Tlacolulence, celebrated elaborately with pageantry and symbolism on particular saints’ days, will take place in October in West Los Angeles.
Grupo Cultura Yoso Nuu Viko was formed in 2008 by parents and youth interested in preserving and transmitting indigenous Mixtec traditions and culture, specifically traditional sones and chilenas of the San Juan Mixtepec region of Oaxaca.  Played on violins and guitars, this music plays a crucial role during social events such…
In 1999, around 20 people native of San Pablo Tijaltepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, arrived in Taft, California (a small community in the southeastern part of Kern County).  As it happens in many other places, more people from the same community continued to settle in Taft.  Now over a decade later, there…
The Center for World Music is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to foster awareness and understanding of the world’s performing arts traditions through study abroad programs, teaching, and performance. In 2013, Center for World Music received a grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Programs for Celebrating…
Oaxacan arts and culture
Coachella Valley Housing Coalition was founded in 1982 by local community activists, business leaders, and other individuals to address the lack of adequate housing for farmworkers, low-income families, and individuals in the Coachella Valley. The mission of CVHC is to help low-income families improve their living…