VOLUME 9, NO. 2
July 1, 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.

Recent Blog Posts

Surrounded by Thai People...
Thai Heritage Returns 2011
June 26, 2011

Beatriz Muniz
June 22, 2011

Time for take off!
Thai Heritage Returns 2011
June 18, 2011

 On the Okonkolo
Beatriz Muniz
June 17, 2011

in good company...
Beto Gonzalez
June 15, 2011

The Teacher was Once the Student
Reaksmey Lath
June 08, 2011

Paper Paper Everywhere...
Chris Low
June 06, 2011

Our apprenticeship continues at new Brasil Brasil Cultural Center
Beto Gonzalez
June 01, 2011

Funding Opportunities and Other Support
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Upcoming Events

Caribbean Drum & Dance Workshops
July 5 - July 30, 2011
San Francisco

Montana Roots Road Show Tour
July 7 - July 14, 2011

Master Djembe and Dunun Workshop with Mamady Keita and Famoudou Konate
July 9, 2011
Los Angeles

Camp Fareta 2011
July 10 - July 16, 2011

Beat the Drum: A Global Fusion Celebration
July 10, 2011
Los Angeles

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Current Exhibits

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

PI'iep k-ru PayIem -- Long Ago and Now
Through Dec 31, 2011

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article1Three California Traditional Artists Receive the Nation's Highest Honor  

Left: National Heritage Fellows Roy & PJ Hirabayashi.

Photo: Mel Higashi   

Right: National Heritage Fellow Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro

Photo: Roger Poirier

California artists Roy & PJ Hirabayashi and Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro are among this year's National Heritage Fellowship  recipients, announced this month by the National Endowment for the Arts.  This award, which recognizes artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America's cultures for future generations, is the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.  Each of the nine recipients will receive a one-time award of $25,000.


ACTA extends its warm congratulations to the Hirabayshis and Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro.  Both PJ Hirabayashi and Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro are former master artists in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program.


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article2Sekhou Senegal in Oakland: Colors, Sounds, and Movements of West Africa
Ousseynou and Assane Kouyate performing at Nuit du Bazin.
Photo: Eric Cesar Morales


By Eric Cesar Morales, Intern, Alliance for California Traditional Arts


The sounds of drums being struck by adroit hands, the revelry of music, the stomping of rhythm, heralded the presence of a distant tradition, taking root, growing, branching into the streets and into the lives of the people of the Bay Area. On June 18th, 2011, Nuit de Bazin "Jama Ak Bolo": Bringing Peace, Love and Unity, was held in downtown Oakland, featuring Sekhou Senegal, a West African ensemble. This affair was hosted by Ousseynou and Assane Kouyate, internationally acclaimed West African griots, affectionately known as "the twins," and it showcased the music and dance talents from the regions of West Africa. The event was attended by nationals from Burkina Faso, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, as well as the Bay Area, and it was made possible by a grant from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program..

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article3REMINDER!: Upcoming Deadline for ACTA's Apprenticeship and Living Cultures Grants Programs


Apprenticeship Program 

Postmark Deadline: July 15, 2011



Living Cultures Grants Program
Postmark Deadline: July 15, 2011


article4ACTA Board Member Libby Maynard Receives National Award


This month, Americans for the Arts announced that it is presenting its 2011 Selina Roberts Ottum Award to Libby Maynard , co-founder and executive director of The Ink People Center for the Arts

in Eureka, CA.  Given annually since 1991, the Selina Roberts Ottum Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the local arts agency field and is presented by Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Ms. Maynard, a founding member of ACTA's board of directors, received her award on June 16, 2011, at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego.


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article550 Years of Arhoolie Records
A recording of the 50th anniversary concert for El Cerrito-based Arhoolie Records is available online from American Routes.  At Berkeley's Frieght and Salvage Coffeehouse in early February 2011, the pioneering record label's many admirers performed, including roots rock guitarist Ry Cooder, bluesman Taj Mahal, Michael Doucet of Beausoleil, New Orleans' Treme Brass Band, sacred steel masters the Campbell Brothers, Chicano musicians Los Cenzontles, and many special guests.  Also featured is Arhoolie's founder, National Heritage Fellow Chris Strachwitz, discussing his passion for putting American roots music on record.


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