VOLUME 7, NO. 12
May 14, 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.


Recent Blog Posts
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May 10, 2010

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May 09, 2010

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A Voyage of Discovery: From California to London & Paris In Search of Ohlone Baskets
Linda Yamane
May 06, 2010

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Apr 29, 2010

Funding Opportunities

Second Cycle OF Help Desk/L.A.
Deadline: May 15

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

Bridging Cultures
Deadline: Jun 1

Fund For Artists Matching Commissions
Deadline: Jun 18

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation's Grantmaking Programs
Deadline: Jul 2

Investing in Artists Round VI
Deadline: Jul 9

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

NEA's Access to Artistic Excellence
Deadline: Aug 12

Composer Collaboration Awards
Deadline: Aug 26

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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 M�xico! Heroes and Artisans at the Mingei Museum
Though- Jan 2, 2011
San Diego

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ACTA Launches a Series of Online Dialogues about Cultural Equity

What does cultural equity mean from your point of view?  What actions need to be taken to change systems resulting in cultural equity in its broadest sense?
On February 11, 2010, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) hosted a community forum, Building Cultural Equity through the Traditional Arts, facilitated by Jerry Yoshitomi of Meaning Matters LLC, in Los Angeles, raising these questions to a group of traditional artists, arts funders, community leaders, and cultural equity advocates.  The result was a rich, broad-ranging discussion about cultural equity from diverse perspectives.  Personal stories and challenges were shared, along with questions, and ultimately, a call to action.
Building on this effort, ACTA is now working to expand and deepen this conversation.  Over the next four months, we present four different topics related to cultural equity -- Leadership, Media, Artistic Marginalization, and Sustainability -- one each month.  We will post comments and discussion from the community forum in Los Angeles.  We then invite you to think about this topic and post your own comments and stories.  Our hope is to develop an online community dialogue across California, and beyond -- expanding and building on this topic.
The topic for May is Leadership.  Please click the Read More link below to follow the discussion as it began in February and post your comments on this topic.


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.


KlezCalifornia: Keeping Yiddish Culture Alive

Yiddishkeit is the word for a living Yiddish culture.

This past February, 450 people of all ages participated in KlezCalifornia's Yiddish Culture Festival where they were able to study with Klezmer master musicians and teachers from around the world, sing Yiddish songs in a chorus, speak Yiddish at all levels, learn the improvisatory dance that goes with the infectious Klezmer repertoire, attend lectures on a variety of subjects including diaspora history, participate in an open-mic talent show, and explore Jewish interactions with Greek, Roma, Balkan, Ukrainian and American neighbors.


Los Cenzontles Composes Ballad to Arizona: Estado de Verguenza (State of Shame)

San Pablo-based Mexican American folk group Los Cenzontles recently created a corrido about the new immigration law in Arizona.  Corridos are a time-honored version of breaking news in Mexico; this corrido expresses the Mexican American community's outrage in response the new Arizona law.  Estado de Verguenza was composed by Los Cenzontles founder Eugene Rodriguez, recorded and put to video within a four day period earlier this month.

Listen to Estado de Verguenza...

Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival Presents Breath of Life Workshops

In California, where once close to a hundred indigenous languages were spoken, now close to half of them have no living speakers left at all, and most of the rest have just a few.  The Breath of Life/Silent No More Language Workshop for California Indians was designed specifically for people who have no speakers from whom to learn their language.  If there are no speakers, then you must hope that someone recorded your language or wrote it down, because then it can still be revived.  There are a number of languages around the world that have been brought back into use by learning from documentation -- Wampanoag and Miami are two examples from around the United States, and Cornish in the United Kingdom.  And here in California, languages like Esselen, Mutsun, Muwekma, Barbare�o Chumash, Tongva, and lots of others are all being increasingly brought back into use from a starting point of zero speakers!


In Memoriam: Francisco Aguabella

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Afro-Cuban percussionist and NEA National Heritage Fellow Francisco Aguabella passed away in his home in Los Angeles on May 7, 2010.  He was 84 years old.

With a career spanning over 5 decades, Francisco Aguabella was not only widely respected for his sacred bat� drumming, but also for his virtuosity in secular forms of Afro-Cuban drumming.  His career also crossed genres, enhancing the music of many jazz, salsa and pop artists.

Read more about Francisco Aguabella in the New York Times.

Exhibit of Amazonian Traditional Arts Seeks Fiscal Sponsor

Project Jakon Jati, an exhibition and cultural exchange featuring the Barin Bababo Artist Collective, is seeking opportunities for fiscal sponsorship in California.

The Barin Bababo Artist Collective was founded in 1999 by a group of indigenous Amazonian Peruvians in an improvised studio assembled on the grounds of the Shipibo-Conibo village of San Francisco de Yarinacocha in eastern Peru.  Based on the concept of Jakon Jati, the Amazonian philosophy of harmonious living with nature, this project would bring Barin Bababo artists to California in an effort to promote a greater understanding of Amazonian culture and its relevance to today's global environmental issues through traditional art, music and dance.  For more information, read the complete project description or contact project director Jasara Rani Calandrella via email.

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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.