VOLUME 7, NO. 8
January 18, 2010 
About Us:
The Alliance for California Traditional Arts promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by providing advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists and their communities.


Funding Opportunities

Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions Grants (NAACT)
Deadline: Feb 3

CAC's Creating Public Value
Deadline: Feb 11

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Ongoing Funding Opportunities

ACTA's Traditional Arts Development Program

Native Artist Exchange

The Guitar Center Music Foundation

The Creative Capacity Fund

Cultural Exchange Fund

National Geographic All Roads Film Project Offers Seed Grants for Indigenous Storyteller

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Upcoming Events

ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series: Small Business Development for Traditional Artists
Jan 26, 2010
San Francisco, CA

Specialized California CDP Training for Dance Organizations
Jan 26, 2010

Shujaat Kahn, sitar and Abhiman Kaushal, tabla
Feb 6, 2010
Los Angeles, CA

The San Francisco Tam Fest - A Celebration of Tamburitza Music
Feb 13 - Feb 14, 2010
Berkeley and San Francisco, CA

Congolese Dance & Drum Workshop in Maui
Feb 26 - Mar 8, 2010
Maui, HI

Regeneracion: Ricardo Flores-Magon and the Mexican Revolution of 1910
Mar 5 - Mar 13, 2010
Fresno and Clovis

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Current Exhibits

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

Japanese Papercraft: Miko Dolls
Through Mar 1, 2010
Oakland, CA

"A Project Documenting Fading Traditions"
Through Mar 6, 2010
Fresno, CA

Textiles From Oaxaca
Through Mar 6, 2010

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23 Teams of Master Artists and Apprentices Begin Intensive Learning Cycle

ACTA welcomes 23 master artist-apprentice pairs to its Apprenticeship Program.  Now entering its tenth cycle, ACTA's Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuation of the state's living cultural heritage by contracting exemplary master artists to offer intensive training to qualified apprentices.  Each contract will support a period of concentrated learning between six to twelve months for individuals who demonstrate commitment to and talent for a specific artistic tradition.  Contracts of $3,000 are made with California-based master artists to cover master artist's fees, supplies and travel.  Participants work closely with ACTA staff to develop and document the apprenticeships, culminating in opportunities to publicly share results of the apprenticeship.

The 2010 Apprenticeship Program cohort of 46 artists reflects California's breadth of cultural diversity and intergenerational learning, ranging from octogenarian master artists to teenage apprentices, spanning from Shasta to San Diego Counties.  Thriving traditions supported through these apprenticeships reflect indigenous California cultural practices including Mono and Ohlone basketry, California saddlemaking, and art forms which have taken root in the United States hailing from regions including Cuba, Tibet, Republic of Congo, the Balkans, Cambodia, Japan, Armenia and Iran, India and China.

ACTA's Apprenticeship Program is supported by the Columbia Foundation; the Walter & Elise Haas Fund; the James Irvine Foundation; the Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation led by artist Lauren Bon; and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council, the California Community Foundation, and the San Francisco Foundation.

ACTA Announces 2010 Living Cultures Grants Program Grantees

Alliance for California Traditional ArtsThis month ACTA welcomes 43 grantees to its Living Cultures Grants Program.  ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program funds nonprofit organizations to support exemplary projects in folk and traditional arts.  Forty-three grants, totaling $296,000, represent a diversity of community-based traditional arts including Native Californian Mono basketry in Madera and Fresno counties; an annual Dragon Boat Festival in San Diego; traditional taiko music at festivals in Shasta and Siskiyou counties; a Cambodian New Year celebration in San Bernardino; traditional African and African-influenced dance, drumming and song in San Francisco; and the celebration of Japanese culture in Santa Cruz.

ACTA's funding partners for the Living Cultures Grants Program include the Walter and Elise Haas Fund; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; the Metabolic Studio, a direct chartable activity of the Annenberg Foundation led by artist Lauren Bon; and the James Irvine Foundation.  ACTA is supported by the California Arts Council and is its statewide partner in serving the folk & traditional arts field.

An Apprenticeship in Uzbek Doira

Alliance for California Traditional ArtsAbbos Kosimov has been a participant with dancer and apprentice Tara Catherine Pandeya in ACTA's 2009 Apprenticeship Program in an apprenticeship in Uzbek doira. Their apprenticeship focused on doira rhythms, reinforcing the connection between Uzbek percussion and dance, and allowed Pandeya to develop proficiency in interpreting doira rhythms and understanding Uzbek music composition and improvisation.

Upcoming Event: ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series

ACTA launches its Traditional Arts Roundtable Series in 2010 with a session entitled Small Business Development for Traditional Artists on January 26, 2010, presented in partnership with WISE and The San Francisco Foundation.

ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series strengthens San Francisco Bay Area intercultural traditional arts networks and leadership, and offers opportunities for traditional artists and arts advocates to learn from one another through intimate discussion, technical assistance, networking, and sharing community-based arts and culture.

ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series is presented with the generous support of The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

ACTA Amongst New Cohort of Community Leadership Project Grantees

Alliance for California Traditional ArtsLast month, The Packard, Irvine and Hewlett Foundations announced $4.25 million in a second and final round of grants for the Community Leadership Project.  This round of grants brings to $10 million the Packard, Irvine, and Hewlett foundations' total contributions to this important work, $2 million more than was originally envisioned when this project to bolster grassroots groups led by or serving low-income people and communities of color was launched in spring 2009.

Application Available for California Arts Council's Creating Public Value Program

Alliance for California Traditional ArtsThe California Arts Council is pleased to announce the availability of its Creating Public Value Program (CPV) application. Deadline is February 11, 2010.

Through Creating Public Value, the California Arts Council will partner with small California arts organizations in rural and underserved communities to support new or expanded projects to highlight the fact that the arts are of benefit to all Californians and are worthy of state and federal investment. The California Arts Council defines public value as making a positive contribution to the individual and collective lives of all Californians through the arts.

Survey: Free Seminar for Bay Area Musicians and Composers

The East Bay Community Foundation and The San Francisco Foundation are in the midst of planning a free seminar slated for May for musicians and composers and they would like to hear from you about how best to address your needs on that day. Please take 15 minutes to fill out a survey answering some questions and offering your input. Please respond by February 1, 2010.
The goal of the workshop is to provide an event that presents information about topical issues from new business models to the music policy that shapes how musicians get paid and reach audiences. In addition to presenting timely, relevant and informative sessions, there will be networking opportunities for attendees with speakers and other attendees. The Future of Music Coalition has been engaged to design and present the day.
The confirmed date of the seminar will be posted after the responses to the survey are received.

Call for Papers: Re-SEAing SouthEast Asian American Studies

The third tri-annual interdisciplinary Southeast Asians in the Diaspora conference -- Re-SEAing SouthEast Asian American Studies - Memories & Visions: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow -- will take place on March 10-11, 2011,  at San Francisco State University.  The San Francisco Bay Area is home to sizable populations of Burmese, Cambodian, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Lao, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, and Vietnamese Americans. This conference will foreground the large Southeast Asian American communities of the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and the Pacific Northwest, as well as continue to build momentum and grow just as the Southeast Asian American demographics increase in size and visibility here in the U.S. and in particular, on the West Coast.

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