The Alliance for California Traditional Arts administers several core programs which engage in community development and provide funding to folk & traditional artists and organizations up and down California. We also offer consulting services and opportunities to collaborate with partner organizations in serving the field of traditional arts at the local, state, and national level.


The Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuity of California’s traditional arts by facilitating a period of one-on-one training between a master artist and apprentice.

A research and community engagement project that explores music and soundscapes as vital expressions of collective experience.


Consulting + Collaboration

ACTA brings more than 20 years of experience working closely with cultural communities and organizations across California and nationally. We collaborate with partners and clients in the areas of cultural asset mapping, program design and curation, research and evaluation, technical assistance, and more.

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Publications + Media

ACTA develops publications, reports, and multimedia reflecting the state of cultural arts and community organizing in California. In collaboration with experts, artists, and advocates from the field, we examine the intersections of arts, community health, social wellbeing, and public policy. Click to browse our latest publications and multimedia.

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Past Programs

Community Leadership Project

The Community Leadership Project (CLP) ran from 2010 to 2017, and was supported by a joint partnership between the David & Lucile Packard, James Irvine, and William & Flora Hewlett foundations.  It supported financial stability and leadership development for small and midsize organizations serving low-income people and communities of color in the San Joaquin Valley.

Watch a video about the Community Leadership Project and its impact in the San Joaquin Valley here.