About UsThe 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.More about us...Our Programs & Services
Grand Mixteco Christmas Festival 2009
Dec 19 - Dec 19, 2009
San Diego, CA
Navidad en Whittier
Dec 19 - Dec 19, 2009
Whittier , CA
Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival
Jan 15 - Jan 17, 2010
Congolese Dance & Drum Workshop in Maui
Feb 26 - Mar 8, 2010
REgeneracion: Ricardo Flores-Magon and the Mexican Revolution of 1910
Mar 5 - Mar 13, 2010
Fresno and Clovis, CA
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American Masterpieces: The Artistic Legacy of California Indian Basketry
Mar 14 - Mar 14, 2010
Sacramento, CAJapanese Papercraft: Miko Dolls
Oct 1 - Mar 1, 2010
Traditional Artists Receive National Honor
Two of California's finest
traditional artists received a USA Fellowship from United States Artists (USA),
Sophiline Cheam Sharpiro, USA Knight Fellow, Long Beach, and Danongan
Kalanduyan, USA Broad Fellow, San Francisco. Both of these artists have been supported through the
Alliance for California Traditional Arts' (ACTA) three core programs.
Bay Area ACTA
Grantees Gathering 2009
At the close of each calendar year,
bay area participants who have completed or are near completion of their
Apprenticeship Program learning cycle or their Living Cultures Grant Program
project are invited to meet one another. This year, nearly 40 people gathered
in an upstairs classroom of the new Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in
Berkeley to share what for many in the room is considered their life work.
Traditional artists, cultural
activists and staff traded in a few short sentences their vital information,
beginning with introductions, what organizations they represent and what arts
they are engaged in. The tone of the meeting was set immediately by the
blessing of Christine Hamilton, Pomo basket maker, who as the indigenous elder
brought our focus together to acknowledge that our Bay Area home- base is indeed
indigenous land. Perhaps it was the close quarters and full room, but the depth
of conversation afforded each participant a glimpse into the commitment and
artistry of all those in the room.
Guqin - a Glimpse
of the Scholarly Tradition Behind the Music
There are very few teachers who teach the guqin, (or
qin), a seven-stringed zither, as a scholarly tradition today, even in China.
Guqin master Wang Fei is one of these few.
In Memoriam: Bess Lomax Hawes
and Board of Directors of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA)
expresses deep sorrow over the recent death of Bess Lomax Hawes (1921-2009), the
mother of public folklore in this country.
work, vision and intelligence led the establishment of public folklore and folk
arts programs across the United States. While she is remembered for many
things, it was under her direction as director of the National Endowment for the
Arts Folks Arts Program that the discipline received national attention and
became a program on the level of other artistic disciplines. During her years
as director, from 1977-1992, funding for the program grew from $100,000 to over
$4 million and staffing increased from one to six. Her efforts to create
state-based folk arts programs were successful in 50 of the 56 states and
territories. Her State Apprenticeship Initiative helped create programs for
traditional arts in over 40 states.
An Apprenticeship in Korean
master artist Dohee Lee (Oakland) participated in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program
with p'ungmul apprentice Kyungseok Kent Hong (Berkeley). The apprenticeship
focused on techniques and various textures of several p'ungmul instruments,
including the janggu and the kkwaenggwari, and Hong was trained to adapt to
various situations and roles within a p'ungmul ensemble. View a slideshow and
learn more about their work by following the link to our website.
California Arts Council Announces Art
License Plate Fees Are Now Charitable Deductions (include accompanying license
clarification from a state tax agency could be a significant boon for the arts
in the state. California Arts License Plate fees are charitable deductions to
the State of California for tax purposes, according to the Franchise Tax Board.
The clarification comes just in time for the holidays and end-of-year charitable
planning and serves as a platform to launch a goal of affixing one million new
arts plates to California cars.