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.
Master martial artist and lion head maker Corey Chan (left), his apprentice Chris Low, and the lion head that was restored during their apprenticeship. Photo: Russell Rodríguez
During their participation ACTA's Apprenticeship Program, master martial artist and lion dancer Corey Chan and his apprentice Chris Low restored an old, damaged lion head. Visit ACTA's website to learn more.
Grupo Aguacero at ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series in 2011. Photo: Loren R. Robertson Productions
Calling all traditional and tradition-based artists and art organizations! ACTA's Bay Area Traditional Arts Roundtable Series 2012 -- offering opportunities for traditional artists and arts advocates to learn from one another through intimate discussion, technical assistance, networking, and sharing community-based arts and culture -- will begin on February 22, 2012, with a full calendar of events to be announced soon. Visit ACTA's website for more information on the first session, La Mesa: How do I know what is beautiful? An Exploration of Differing Aesthetics from a Traditional Arts Point of View.
Teaching and learning traditional Triqui backstrap weaving techniques in Greenfield, California, is part of the larger ACTA-supported Triqui Dreaming project, organized by the Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena. Photo: Lily Kharrazi
Join NEA staff for an informational meeting to learn how to apply to the National Endowment for the Arts for funding. Learn about the application process and requirements and have the chance to speak first-hand with an agency representative. The workshop will be held on February 1, 2012, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Arte Américas in Fresno. Application deadline is March 8. Visit ACTA's website for more information on the workshops and how to sign up.
Want to help bring arts and arts education to California communities and schools? Contribute to the California Arts Council Fund on your annual state tax return! Look for the California Arts Council Fund in the "contributions" section. Thousands of children and millions of Californians can benefit from arts education and local arts through the state's arts agency. In fact, ACTA is a California Arts Council grantee. 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.