Through ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program, master artist Bernard Barros Ellorin has been working all year with his 2019 apprentice Kimberly (Kim) Kalanduyan in kulintang music from the Southern Philippines, which is played on a set of gongs that have different melodic…
The mission of the Morava Folklore Ensemble is to preserve Serbian song and dance traditions and to pass those traditions onto future generations. Established in 1987 as an auxiliary organization of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego with a few participants, three dance groups…
In Mexico there exists an incredible diversity of dance traditions from the son jarocho from Veracruz, to the redovas of the northern states, to the jarana tradition in Yucatan, many of which are often included as part of the nation state identity and as part of the ballet folklorico presentations.
Mexi’caytol Indio Cultural Center in Chula Vista, is dedicated to the teaching and preservation of indigenous cultures of Mexico and the southwestern United States.  In 1987, they established one of the first Aztec dance groups in the country with a direct lineage to Maestro Yescas who…
Since 1974, the Imperial Valley Desert Museum has been a repository for indigenous Kumeyaay archeological collections in Imperial County and is the only cultural institution in Imperial County supporting the awareness of Kumeyaay culture and artists.  The museum is in the geographic center of Kumeyaay traditional…
The Lao Community Cultural Center (LCCC) was founded in 1992 by Laotian refugees in San Diego.  Since the Vietnam War started in 1975, there has been an influx of Laotian refugees to the United States, with a significant community forming in San Diego.  In the 1980s, community elders informally organized…
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…
Chamorro Hands in Education Links Unity (CHE’LU) is dedicated to San Diego’s Chamorro community by strengthening their native language, culture, and health through education and cultural arts programs.  The Chamorro people are the indigenous peoples of the Mariana Islands, including Guam.  Today, Chamorros are the most…
Based in San Diego, United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST) was founded to be a pipeline of culturally competent health services, education, and advocacy for the improvement of East African women and their families’ health and well being. Several years ago, a group of East…
Claudia Lyra has brought Brazilian culture to others since she moved to US in 2003.  Claudia trained in Brazil in capoeira (a Brazilian art form that can be practiced as a martial art or a dance, and its accompanying music).  Claudia is also an accomplished percussionist, studying traditional Brazilian percussion…