VOLUME 8, NO. 9
February 3, 2011 
In This Issue:
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

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Upcoming Events

Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration

Feb 4 - Feb 6, 2011
Feb 4 - Feb 6, 2011
Berkeley and Santa Cruz

Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble
Feb 4, 2011
Feb 5, 2011
San Francisco

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Current Exhibits

Embroidering Our Lives: Mien Women at Peralta Hacienda
Through May 31, 2011

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance
Through Sep 11, 2011
San Francisco

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firstarticleAng Tsherin Sherpa and Grupo Aguacero Featured at ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series

Come to the table,
La Mesa.  Bring your art, your questions, and your curiousity to this informal yet familiar context-a shared space, an imagined table...


These ideas formed the basis of ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series which, since 2008, has provided a host of free and participatory Bay Area salons, workshops, and gatherings for folk, traditional, and tradition-based artists, arts advocates, and the general public.


One such evening, co-sponsored with the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco, brought together artists of two seemingly disparate areas and genres: Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Thanka painting master from Tibet, and Grupo Aguacero, Puerto Rican music and dance ensemble whose focus is on the Afro-Puerto Rican roots of the form, were featured presenters.


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secondarticleEl Rancho de las Mien: A Story of History and Community 

Holly Alonzo is Executive Director of Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park.  In the following article, Holly discusses the eight-year history of the organization's Common Ground project, which received funding from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program in 2006, 2007, and 2008.  The program brings together Mien elders with their youth and other youth of the community to transmit their cultural traditions relating to food.

Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park (Friends of PHHP) has worked with the Mien elders since 2003, when the Lao Family Center asked the organization about community garden space for a group of Mien women.  Friends of PHHP was coping with a weed-infested ornamental garden surrounding the 1870 Antonio Peralta House.  What better way to realize their mission of engaging community in the historical park, which had been the headquarters of the 45,000-acre Peralta rancho during the Spanish and Mexican periods of California history, than to invite the Mien elders to help?

thirdarticleCalifornia Arts Council's Creating Public Value Program

The California Arts Council's Creating Public Value Program (CPV) is designed to promote a framework for thinking about the intrinsic and instrumental benefits of the arts; and to recognize that the resources artists, arts organizations, and others bring to a community play a key role in making a positive contribution to the individual and collective lives of all Californians.


Through CPV, the CAC will partner with small California arts organizations in rural and underserved communities to support new or expanded projects to highlight the fact that the arts are of benefit to all Californians and are worthy of state and federal investment.  Application deadline is February 11, 2011. 


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holidaysCreative Work Fund Application Seminars

Optional application seminars and webinars for potential Creative Work Fund applicants are being offered in early 2011.  Applicants are not required to attend a seminar, but are encouraged to do so-especially if they are unfamiliar with the Fund-and seminars fill quickly.  You may reserve a space online (preferred method) at or call 415-402-2794.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 5:30-7 p.m. Artspace Tannery Lofts, 1040 River Street, Community Room, (near the intersection of Highways 1 and 9), Santa Cruz

Thursday, February 10, 2011, noon, webinar

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5 p.m., webinar


In 2011, the Creative Work Fund will be able to award up to $650,000 in grants for collaborations featuring literary artists or traditional artists.



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   arts field.