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 VOLUME 7, NO. 4
September 18, 2009 
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The Alliance for California Traditional Arts strives to "ensure California's future holds California's past" by providing programs and services to support the state's diverse living cultural heritage. The Alliance cultivates the growth of traditional arts and culture through Stewardship, Services to Artists, and Connection-Making.

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Upcoming Events

Hatian Dance and Drum Conference
Sep 18 2009
Oakland, CA

Ode to Hope: A Melodic Epiphany
Sep 18 2009
San Diego, CA

Tamejavi Festival
Sep 19 2009
Fresno, CA

Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project
Sep 19 2009
Oakland, CA

18th Annual San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival
Sep 20 2009
San Jose, CA

Performing Diaspora: LA Work in Progress Showing
Sep 20 2009
Santa Monica, CA

Ode to Hope: A Melodic Epiphany
Sep 20 2009
Los Angeles, CA

Always Been a Rambler
Sep 25 2009
San Francisco, CA

5th Annual Garifuna Community Forum
Sep 26 2009
Los Angeles, CA

Learn to Make Thai Curry From Scratch
Sep 26 2009
Oakland, CA

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Current Exhibits

The World According to Joyce Gross: Quilts from the Dolph Briscoe Center
Aug 4 - Oct 25, 2009
San Jose, CA

American Masterpieces: The Artistic Legacy of California Indian Basketry
Mar 14 - Mar 14, 2010
Sacramento, CA

Japanese Papercraft: Miko Dolls
Oct 1 - Mar 1, 2010
Oakland, CA


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Funding Opportunities

Ford's Summer Partnership Program
Deadline: Sep 25

Arts & Communities Initiative
Deadline: Sep 25

CHIME: Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange
Deadline: Oct 1

First Nations Composer Initiative: Common Ground
Deadline: Oct 1

Creative Work Fund: Peforming Artists
Deadline: Nov 6

  ACTA Launches New Website        

ACTA WebsiteOn August 31, 2009, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts launched a renovation of its website.   In ACTA's work to "ensure California's future holds California's past," sharing information for and about California's folk & traditional arts is a key to building a stronger network of artists, cultural workers, funders, nonprofit leaders, curators, educators, and supporters to nourish this field.  The new content and features of ACTA's website will enable the organization to distribute this information effectively.  ACTA's new website uses the popular web Drupal 2.0 platform, which is not only affordable, but allows many authors in different locations to update content easily.

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A Banana Peel is Good For Headaches: Observations from the Traditional Arts Field

Alliance for California Traditional ArtsLily Kharrazi, program manager of the Living Cultures Grants Program at the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, was asked as one of several artists and commentators in the Bay Area to think about "how rapidly changing demographics and/or evolving technologies impact the ways in which artists and arts organizations across the region connect with audiences." The article below was crafted in large part by her experiences of meeting and working with many of the communities that ACTA serves.   Her essay was commissioned by The San Francisco Foundation and Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund through support from The Wallace Foundation.

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Three California Traditional Artists Receive Nation's Highest Honor

Alliance for California Traditional ArtsEleven master artists from around the country, representing eleven distinct folk and traditional arts, will be honored in Washington, D.C. the week of September 21st for events celebrating their receipt of a 2009 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The fellowship is the highest form of federal recognition of the folk and traditional arts. Representing a cross-section of cultures, including cowboy, South Asian, Appalachian, and West African, and preserving such diverse art forms as accordion-driven zydeco, willow basketry, and New England contra dance, these awardees were chosen for their artistic excellence and contributions to our nation's living cultural heritage. The fellowship includes a one-time award of $25,000.

The NEA National Heritage Fellowships public programs are made possible through the support of the Darden Restaurants Foundation and its family of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, and Seasons 52 restaurants.

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts congratulates California recipients Chitresh Das, "Queen" Ida  Guillory and Sophiline Cheam Shapiro!

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An Apprenticeship in Danza Azteca Vestuario and Recortaje

Alliance for California Traditional ArtsAs the first acknowledged U.S.-born female Capitana de la Danza, heading Danza Mixcoatl which she founded in 1992, San Diego-based master artist Mary Lou Valencia participated in the 2009 Apprenticeship Program, working with two apprentices Josť Alvarez of San Diego, and Maria Ramos from Vista.  Both Alvarez and Ramos are apprenticing under Valencia to focus on dance recortaje and vestuario-ceremonial dance regalia which is an integral part of Aztec dance tradition and observance.

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The Creative Work Fund Awards $670,000 in Grants for Collaborative Art Projects
2009 Awards Feature Media Artists and Traditional Artists
 
Creative Work FundThe Creative Work Fund has announced 17 new grant awards to Bay Area artists and nonprofit organizations for collaborations leading to new art works.  This year the Fund invited applications from media artists and traditional artists, and the forms of the finished works range from films, theater environments, Web sites, and sound installations to new work for Rom brass band, a revival of Russian harvest celebrations, and traditional Japanese woodworking.

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