VOLUME 8, NO. 1
June 12, 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.


Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Fund For Artists Matching Commissions
Deadline: Jun 18

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

ACTA's Traditional Arts Sustainability Grants
Deadline: Jul 9

Investing in Artists Round VI
Deadline: Jul 9

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

ACTA's Apprenticeship Program
Deadline: Jul 16

ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program
Deadline: Jul 30

NEA's Access to Artistic Excellence
Deadline: Aug 12

Composer Collaboration Awards
Deadline: Aug 26

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Upcoming Events

Chekeré Classes with Bobi Cespedes

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Jun 5 - Jun 27, 2010
San Francisco

Semshae-Heart Songs: Tibetan Music for Children CD Release Party
Jun 13, 2010

Festival of Flamenco Arts & Traditions
Jun 15, 2010

Cante Gitano
Jun 19, 2010

Santa Cruz Japanese Cultural Fair
Jun 19, 2010
Santa Cruz

`Ohana Retreat
Jun 23 - Jun 25, 2010

Charya Burt Cambodian Dance Presents a Work-in-Progress: Blossoming Antiquities
Jun 23, 2010
Santa Rosa

Biza Sompa Congolese Dance Workshops
Jun 24 - Jul 3, 2010
Oakland, Grass Valley, Ukiah, Santa Rosa, and Santa Cruz

Business of Art Boot Camp
Jun 25 - Jun 27, 2010

Guru Parampara
Jun 27, 2010

TAIKOPROJECT: Rhythmic Relations 2010
Jul 10 - Jul 11, 2010
East Hollywood

Children of Many Colors Powwow
Jul 16 - Jul 18, 2010

Noche Cubana
Jul 17, 2010
San Diego

The World Festival of Sacred Music
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2010
Los Angeles

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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
Though- Jan 2, 2011
San Diego

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Cultural Equity Dialogues: The Teacher's Gift

By Prumsodun Ok

Editor's Note: The Teacher's Gift is an essay by Cambodian classical dancer Prumsodun Ok in response to last month's Leadership segment of ACTA's Cultural Equity Dialogues, a series of interactive articles exploring topics relating to cultural equity and folk & traditional arts.  You are invited to join this conversation by clicking the "Read More..." link below to post your own comments and stories.

Soth Sam On places an apsara crown on Sophiline Cheam Shapiro circa 1984.  Courtesy of Khmer Arts Academy.
Once, a long time ago, there lived a powerful hermit.  He had under his tutelage three very capable and intelligent students and wanted to bestow a most precious gift upon the most deserving of them.  There was Moni Mekhala, goddess of the seas, and the storm demon Ream Eyso; Prince Vorachhun studied magic with the wise man as well.  Seeing their abilities, the hermit could not decide who to give his gift to so he conceived a contest in which the winner would receive the prize.  He told his students sitting in respect below him, whom he loved like his own children, "Whoever should bring me back a glass full of morning dew first will be master of this gift."


REMINDER!: Upcoming Deadlines for ACTA's Programs

Deadline: July 9, 2010

Deadline: July 16, 2010

Deadline: July 30, 2010

You are invited to participate in a webinar on Thursday, June 17, 2010, to learn more about ACTA's programs and their application processes.

Those interested in applying to the Traditional Arts Sustainability Grants are encouraged to attend a half-day organizational capacity building workshop in Fresno on Saturday, June 19, 2010, or a 90-minute webinar on Saturday, June 26, 2010.  Read more about the organizational capacity building workshop and/or webinar.

Guidelines and Applications for ACTA's Three Core Programs Now Available in Spanish

Guidelines and Applications for the Living Cultures Grants Program, the Apprenticeship Program, and the Traditional Arts Development Program are now available in Spanish.


Guías y solicitudes de tres programas principales de ACTA ahora disponible en español

Guías y solicitudes para las Becas para el Programa de Culturas Vivas, el Programa de Aprendizaje, y el Programa para el Desarrollo de las Artes Tradicionales están ahora disponible en español.

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YouTube Video Features Excerpts from Teatro de la Tierra's Regeneración
Radio Bilingüe's Raices II Series Continues to Highlight California's Traditional Artists

Radio Bilingüe continues its successful Raices II series, which focuses on California's traditional artists, with two more features.  Radio Bilingüe reports from a bembé in Oakland, California, honoring the orisha (diety) Yemaya; and a performance in Concord, California, of Native California dancer Eddie Madril.

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts serves in an editorial advisory role for Raíces II


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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.