VOLUME 8, NO. 8
January 7, 2011 
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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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firstarticleACTA Announces 2011 Living Cultures Grants Program Grantees
Omnira Project's Awun Ohun Omnira Choir (Voices of Freedom) presents songs of that connect African American history to African spirituality.  Photo: Tobaji Stewart

ACTA is pleased to announce that it is awarding $320,000 in grants to California nonprofit organizations to support exemplary projects in folk and traditional arts through its Living Cultures Grants Program.  Forty-nine grants across the state represent a diversity of community-based traditional arts including Hmong folktales and oral histories in Fresno Counties; Irish sean nós dance workshops in San Diego; Teatro Chicano workshops in San Benito County; Konkow Wailaki Maidu song, dance, and language workshops in Butte County; African American quilting in Oakland; and the celebration of Japanese culture in Santa Cruz.  One hundred fifty-sevenapplications were reviewed by a distinguished panel of cultural and community experts over a four-day period, and the final grant selections were approved by ACTA's board of directors.  ACTA's funding partners include the Walter and Elise Haas Fund; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; the James Irvine Foundation; and the Surdna Foundation.  ACTA is supported by the California Arts Council and is its statewide partner in serving the folk & traditional arts field.

"Our goal is to support the wealth of California's diverse cultural traditions," noted Amy Kitchener, ACTA Executive Director.  In its six-year history, the Living Cultures Grants Program has supported nearly 250 community-based projects with over $1.5 million.  "We are reaching into many corners of the state," continues Kitchener, "with small, strategic funding that makes a huge difference to our grantees."


secondarticleRadio Bilingüe and ACTA Present the ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival Workshops

Radio Bilingüe, in collaboration with ACTA will present one day of mariachi workshops as part of the 28th Annual ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival.  The workshops will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Abraham Lincoln Middle School, Selma, California, and the concert on Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Selland Arena, Fresno, California.  All participants will have the opportunity to perform as a group in the concert.

The workshops are open to children ages 10 and above, and adults who have one-year minimum experience.  Advanced instruments will be taught by Maestro Nati Cano and his Mariachi Los Camperos.  Voice, intermediate and beginning instruments will be taught by Juan Morales, coordinated by Los Camperos.


thirdarticleCalifornia Arts Council Director to be Hired by Council Members
The California Arts Council is announcing a nationwide search for the position of Director, to serve at its office in Sacramento. This position will no longer be a Governor's appointee, but will be hired by the Arts Council members.

Qualifications, background materials, a duty statement and other specifications will soon be posted officially at and the application process will be open through February 26, 2011.

holidaysDonate to the California Arts Council by Checking Off for the Arts on Your Tax Return
Arts lovers have an advantage for "tax day" in 2011: the Arts Tax Check Off.  Here's how it works.  You can make a tax deductible contribution directly to the California Arts Council on your state tax return.  In the "Contributions" section of your return, specify the amount you want to give to the Arts Council, from $1 or more.  It's an easy way to support the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children and communities.  In fact, ACTA is a California Arts Council grantee.

Be sure to look for it on your tax return this year, and let your tax preparer or accountant know you want to use the Arts Tax Check Off.  With millions of Californians filing tax returns, if each one made even a $1 donation, it would raise a tremendous amount for the arts in California.
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   Council's official partner in serving the state's folk & traditional
   arts field.