VOLUME 9, NO. 11
March 22, 2012 
Alliance for California Traditional Arts
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

Lion Under Glass
Chris Low
February 24, 2012

Funding Opportunities and Other Support

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Upcoming Events

Through May 19, 2012 


Introduction to Middle Eastern Drumming
Though April 13, 2012
Los Angeles 


Through April 15, 2012

Kitka's Community Chorus
Though May 29, 2012

Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Class
Through June 17, 2012

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oneACTA's Bay Area Traditional Arts Roundtable Series: Work Sample Laboratory
Master hambone artist Danny
Master hambone artist Danny "Slapjazz" Barber and his 2009 apprentice
Sekani Thomas in a recorded lesson. Photo: Sherwood Chen
Back by popular demand! ACTA's Bay Area Traditional Arts Roundtable Series will present a Work Sample Laboratory on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm in San Francisco.  Join a panel of experienced art and cultural grants reviewers as they share their good practices and tips for submitting work samples with you.
Visit ACTA's website for more information.

ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series is generously supported by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission. 


twoCalpulli Tonalehqueh Brings the U.S.'s Largest Aztec/Mexica Celebration to San Jose 


at the Galeria de la Raza's
A couple in full regalia at Calpulli Tonalehqueh's Aztec/Mexica New Year ceremony. They have danced for 25 years with the San Francisco-based group, Mixcoalt Anahuac. Photo: Lily Kharrazi

On March 11-12, 2012, in San Jose, the marking of the Aztec/Mexica New Year was anything but a quiet observance.  In fact, it was the largest commemoration of its kind in the United States, with more than 5,000 people in attendance over a two-day period.

Visit ACTA's website to read more about this event, sponsored in part by ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program.

threeEl Son Jarocho: Cesar Castro, Preserver and Innovator
Master artist Cesar Castro playing a guitarra de son.
Master artist Cesar Castro playing a guitarra de son. Photo: Russell C. Rodríguez
Master artist Cesar Castro, hailing from Veracruz, Mexico, has provided a wonderful energy to the fandangos occurring within the Los Angeles area.  Since his youth he was a member of the ensemble Mono Blanco, a group that has been a central force in the renaissance of the fandango practice in Southern Veracruz since the 1970s.  Learning to play the jarana (an 8 string, 5 course rhythm guitar), guitarra de son (a four string melodic guitar), and the leona (a bass version of the guitarra de son), Castro developed an intimate relationship with these traditional guitars that are carved out of a solid block of cedar wood.  A master musician, singer, and an accomplished luthier of jarocho instruments, he brings an experience of accomplishment, and a history that is informed by many elders with whom he worked, studied, and shared time.

Visit ACTA's website to read more about Cesar Castro and his participation in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011 with apprentice Xochi Flores.

fourThe James Irvine Foundation's Exploring Engagement Fund

Quetzal The James Irvine Foundation is now accepting applications for the second round of its Exploring Engagement Fund. The Exploring Engagement Fund will support new approaches to arts engagement and is intended for California-based arts organizations with budgets between $100,000 and $5 million.  Initial Applications to the Fund are due on June 1, 2012.

In addition, for organizations based in the San Joaquin Valley and Inland Empire, the James Irvine Foundation recently launched the Exploring Engagement Fund for Priority Regions.  If your organization is located in either of these two areas of California, please visit their website for further information about this funding opportunity.

sixDonate to the California Arts Council by Checking Off the Arts on Your Tax Return

California Arts Council Check Off the Arts logoWant 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.


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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.