May 7, 2019

Oakland master artist Dohee Lee (right) instructs her apprentice Kyungseok Kent Hong (left) in Korean P'ungmul drumming (2009).

Funding opportunities for the year 2020 are now open! Read on to learn how you can apply online for ACTA’s Living Cultures and Apprenticeship programs.

Deadline to apply: JULY 15, 2019.

The Living Cultures Grants Program seeks to sustain and strengthen the folk and traditional arts in the state of California with grants of $5,000 to California-based nonprofits, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors.

Click here to learn more about ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program and apply online.

Deadline to apply: JULY 15, 2019

The Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuity of California’s traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. Each $3,000 contract will support a period of concentrated learning for apprentices demonstrate a committed engagement with and talent for a specific folk and traditional art form or practice.

Click here to learn more about ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program and apply online.

Have a question about applying? Join a webinar with ACTA staff to learn more about these programs.

  • May 17 at 12 noon
  • May 24 at 12 noon (Spanish)
  • June 7 at 12 noon
Sign up by sending a request to or call (559) 237-9812

View a recording of a webinar covering the application process for both the Living Cultures Grant and the Apprenticeship Program

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