Site Visits with ACTA's 2019 Apprenticeship Cohort
From time beyond memory or record an intricate textile art clothed Hmong people. A distinguishing technique is elaborate reverse applique carefully cut into a top layer of cloth sewn back to reveal the layers below. Symmetrical designs have names such as elephant foot, spider web, and snail shell. They identify…
Iu-Mien Community Services, located in Sacramento, is dedicated to the support and development of healthy Iu-Mien families and communities through culturally responsive programs and services since 1994.  With approximately 15,000 Iu-Mien people in the greater Sacramento area, the impetus to start the organization grew from the…
The Salinans are a Native people that lived in what is now the Central Coast of California, in the Salinas Valley.  The Salinan language is one of the oldest in California.  Said to have gone extinct by the Census of 1930, the Salinan peoples survived and currently exist in several…
Bertha Mitchell, a master basket weaver, Patwin language speaker, and culture bearer for the Patwin people, has been weaving baskets for over seven decades.  In addition to working within her own community, Bertha has shared her art with many audiences throughout Northern California, including demonstrating her art form at museums,…
Paul Cason is an artist, community leader, and speaker of the Northwestern (Konkow) Maidu language.  Paul’s dedication to the art, culture, and community of this language is unwavering.  He understands that for Maidu art to be fully cherished, it must be experience through the Maidu mindset, language, and worldview.  Paul…
Asian arts and culture
South Indian Carnatic violin
Native California basketweaving
Afro-Cuban batá drumming