VOLUME 7, NO. 10
April 17, 2010 
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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.


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Funding Opportunities

USArtists International Funding for International Festivals
Deadline: May

Alliance of Artists Communities - Visions from the New California
Deadline: May 20

Partners in Arts Education Grants
Deadline: May 26

NEA's Challenge America Fast-Track
Deadline: May 27

Celebrate! San Francisco: Call for Submissions
Deadline: Jul 10

NEA's Access to Artistic Excellence
Deadline: Aug 12

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Upcoming Events

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Current Exhibits

Three Hawaiian Textile Exhibits Opening at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
May 16, 2010 - Aug 8, 2010
San Jose

Viva México! Heroes and Artisans at the Mingei Museum
Feb 28, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011
San Diego

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ACTA's New Traditional Arts Sustainability Grants for the Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley

ACTA's new Traditional Arts Sustainability Grants will strengthen up to ten grassroots organizations who integrate traditional arts in their work and serve low-income communities and communities of color in the Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley. Support includes operational grants of up to $15,000 per year over three years, organizational development with nationally recognized consultants, and participation in a three-year learning community to sustain cultural work through small business ventures and/or grassroots fundraising.

Free half-day workshops on June 5, 2010 (Central Coast) or June 19, 2010 (Fresno).

New Guidelines Available for ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program

ACTA announces new guidelines for the 2011 iteration of its Living Cultures Grants Program.

The Living Cultures Grants Program funds nonprofit organizations to support exemplary California-based traditional arts projects with grants of up to $7,500 for projects that demonstrate significant impact on particular cultural traditions. Organizations without nonprofit status are eligible to apply through a fiscal receiver.

New Guidelines Available for ACTA's Apprenticeship Program

ACTA announces new guidelines for the 2011 iteration of its Apprenticeship Program.

The Apprenticeship Program fosters cultural transmission by contracting master artists for $3,000 to offer intensive one-on-one training in a specific art form to qualified apprentices for six to twelve months.  Master artists and apprentices must apply together and be based in California.

ACTA Hosts Statewide Informational Meetings & Webinars

Throughout May and June, ACTA will be hosting informational meetings in Berkeley, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, and San Diego.  Join ACTA staff for an informational meeting in your area to learn more about ACTA's programs and other funding opportunities for folk & traditional artists and organizations.

If you can't make an informational meeting, join us for a webinar (online seminar)! Those with internet and telephone access may join ACTA staff for a "virtual" informational meeting.

ACTA Welcomes Blogger Lance Zazueta

Saddlemaker Lance Zazueta is a current apprentice ACTA's Apprenticeship Program, with grandfather, master artist Gaylerd Thissell.  Lance Zazueta's Apprenticeship Blog will follow the course of Lance's apprenticeship with his grandfather, as he works with Lance in the basics of building a saddle from start to finish.
ACTA Welcomes Two New Members to its Board of DIrectors

ACTA is pleased to announce that Paula "Pimm" Allen and Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson have recently been elected to its Board of Directors.  Allen, a Traditional Resources Specialist for United Indian Health Services, Inc. in Arcata, California, has served the northern California Native Community for over fifteen years in the areas of culture and health.  Dr. Jackson is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing Communities Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC and also directs its Culture, Creativity and Communities Program.

Executive Director Amy Kitchener noted, "We are thrilled to have two such accomplished and highly regarded individuals join our board. Their expertise and commitment will be invaluable to our organization."

Learning and Legacy at the Fund for Folk Culture: An Interview with Betsy Peterson

In 2009 the Fund for Folk Culture, a national intermediary serving the field of folk and traditional arts, suspended operations after eighteen years. Grantmakers in the Arts recently asked Amy Kitchener, Executive Director of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, to interview Betsy Peterson, former Executive Director of the Fund for Folk Culture (FFC), about what led to this decision and to share some of the important experience the Fund gained during its years of operation.  The interview, published in GIA Reader, is available on Grantmakers in the Arts' website.
Dan Sheehy Named as Director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Last month, Dan Sheehy, Acting Director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage since April 2009, was named Director of the Center.

Sabar: Life is a Dance! Premieres in San Francisco

Set against the backdrop of the African dance movement in the United States, Sabar is a dramatic feature film about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Sabar examines how we constantly negotiate and choreograph our way through the bigger and sometimes arrhythmic dance called LIFE. The San Francisco premiere will screen at the Museum of the African Diaspora.

Sabar is directed by Chike Nwoffiah, a member of ACTA's Board of Directors.

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The Alliance for California Traditional Arts is the California Arts Council's official partner in serving the state's folk & traditional arts field.