VOLUME 8, NO. 2
July 11, 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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Upcoming Funding Opportunities

ACTA's Apprenticeship Program
Deadline: Jul 16

ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program
Deadline: Jul 30

New Funding Opportunity for Emerging Arts Leaders in California: Next Gen Arts Initiative
Deadline: Jul 31

NEA's Access to Artistic Excellence
Deadline: Aug 12

San Franicsco Art Commission's Cultural Equity Initiatives: Level 1
Deadline: Aug 25

Composer Collaboration Awards
Deadline: Aug 26

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Upcoming Events

Chekeré Classes with Bobi Cespedes

Maculelê Brazilian Folk Dance Class
Through Aug 13, 2010
San Francisco

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

Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance & Music
Jul 16 - Jul 17, 2010
San Francisco

Khmer Arts Salon Series: Samba de Raiz
Jul 17 - Jul 17, 2010
Long Beach

Noche Cubana
Jul 17 - Jul 17, 2010
San Diego

National Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl
Jul 24 - Jul 24, 2010
Los Angeles

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Current Exhibits

Three Hawaiian Textiles at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Through Aug 8, 2010
San Jose

The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition at the Museum of the American West
Through Nov 7, 2010
Los Angeles

Viva México! Heroes and Artisans at the Mingei Museum
Though Jan 2, 2011
San Diego

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Cultural Equity Dialogues: Media

Editor's Note: This is the third article in ACTA's Cultural Equity Dialogues.  Based on ACTA's community forum, Building Cultural Equity Through the Traditional Arts, held in Los Angeles in February 2010, the Cultural Equity Dialogues are a series of online, 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.

How does media impact cultural equity?  What are the issues -- the portrayal of culturally specific traditions and communities?  The participation of people of color and underrepresented communities at decision-making levels in broadcasting?  Commercial vs. public ownership?


REMINDER!: Upcoming Deadlines for ACTA's Programs

Deadline: July 16, 2010

Deadline: July 30, 2010

Upcoming Traditional Arts Roundtable Series: Work Sample Laboratory for Traditional and Tradition-Based Artists

How do you best represent and document your work? To people who may not be familiar with the complexities of a tradition? In merely a few minutes?

Join us with other artists, presenters, and funders in conversation about artist work samples (video, audio, images, etc.) which are often required to accompany grant applications and proposals.


The Dance of the High Spirit: An Apprenticeship in Stilt Dancing

"The height of success is infinite." - Shaka Zulu

Mukudji, or stilt dance, is a form of West African cultural expression responsible for maintaining and affirming a community's values through ritual activities, festivals, and celebrations.  Nyon Kwuyos or Nyomokwuyas (stilt dancers) are extraordinarily skilled dancers who perform spectacular stunts and movements to live drums. They are the mediums to the spirit world representing spirits that protect villages.  Stilt dancing is also found throughout the Caribbean, but is known as Moko Jumbi, an unmasked version of Mukudji, and is done primarily for entertainment.  The form requires focus, agility, dexterity, strength, stamina, power, grace, and most importantly spiritual connectedness.


Festival of Flamenco Arts & Traditions

A conversation regarding the guardianship of flamenco in its purest form is one that is as dramatic as the art form itself.  This past June, the Bay Area Festival of Flamenco Arts and Traditions presented legendary Gitano or gypsy flamenco artist Manuela Carrosco, in concert and teaching workshops to an audience who largely seemed to understand that what they were seeing in her clarity of form and expressiveness is as close to the roots of a living tradition as one might


Benjamín C. Hernández Retires after 40 Years

By Dr. Susan Cashion, Professor Emerita, Stanford University, scholar in Mexican Dance

One of the true treasures of our California Mexican dance community is Benjamín Hernández, who has been an advocate and promoter in the development of the folklórico movement in the Los Angeles area since 1968.  His teaching ritual and regional folklorico dances focused on traditional interpretations.  This last spring he retired from the PE/Dance program of East Los Angeles Community College after forty years of teaching.  Part of his legacy is turning a part-time appointment in Mexican Dance into a full-time, tenured track position.  To accomplish this feat, Mr. Hernández received an MA degree from the UCLA World Arts and Culture Department in 1999.


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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.