VOLUME 9, NO. 13
May 22, 2012 
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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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 firstUnderstanding One's Position Within Traditional Dance: An Apprenticeship in Cambodian Classical Dance
Master Cambodian dancer Prumsodun Ok (right) and his sister and 2011 apprentice Khannia Ok.
Master Cambodian dancer Prumsodun Ok (right) and his sister and 2011 apprentice Khannia Ok. Photo: Russell Rodriguez

In the middle of a warehouse district in Long Beach, California, is a single door that leads back into a wonderfully vibrant space with photos, flags, sculpture,s and people that pay tribute to the rich history and traditions of Cambodia.  It is in this location, the Khmer Arts Academy dance studio, that Prumsodun Ok works with much commitment with his younger sister and apprentice Khannia Ok, enhancing her skills as a soloist of Cambodian classical dance.


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secondThe Revolution is a Song: Healing through Negro Spirituals at Glide's Women's Center
"Steal Away to Jesus" was a song allegedly used by Harriet Tubman (pictured) to announce to potential freedom seekers that she was going to lead people out of slavery. The drawing of Harriet Tubman courtesy of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Once a week, at the Women's Center of Glide Memorial Methodist Church, a revolution takes place.

"Under the inspiration and leadership of Program Manager Zwazzi Sowo, and this year supported by ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program, women drop in for a healing so old it's new.  The method and the medicine are simple: singing.  But not just any song or even chant -- but the body of work known as the Negro Spirituals."


Visit ACTA's website to read more of Wanda Ravernell's description of Glide's Healing Through Negro Spirituals program.

thirdACTA Welcomes New Program Manager Quetzal Flores
photo of Quetzal Flores
After conducting a national search and open application process for a half-time program manager, ACTA is pleased to welcome its newest staff member, Quetzal Flores, who joins us with extensive experience as a community organizer, cultural worker, and accomplished artist.  As a program manager he will work to deepen and expand ACTA's work in the Southern California region from ACTA's new downtown Los Angeles field office that is co-located with Community Partners at the Center for Building Healthy Communities.


Visit ACTA's website to learn more. 

fourthACTA Holds Statewide Informational Meetings & Webinars 


Join ACTA staff for a free informational meeting or a webinar to learn more about our funding opportunities for artists and organizations.
All meetings are bilingual.  Meetings will be held in: San Jose (May 22), San Diego (May 29), Coachella (May 30), Los Angeles (May 31), and Sacramento (June 6).  Webinars will be held on June 4 (English) and June 5 (Spanish). 

To RSVP to a meeting or for more information, visit ACTA's website.

fifthJoin Us for the Next Session of ACTA's Bay Area Traditional Arts Roundtable Series
Master artist Chitresh Das performs North Indian Kathak dance.
Master artist Chitresh Das performs North Indian Kathak dance.
Photo courtesy of Chitresh Das Dance Company
On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, La Mesa: With 100 Pounds of Ankel Bells and a Polyphonic Choir: Bay Area Traditional Art Making, an evening of sharing by Bay Area artists will be proceeded by a discussion led by successful practitioners and organization directors who have successfully grown appreciation and new audiences for what might be considered narrow niches by the mainstream.  Shira Cion, executive director of Kitka, and Celine Schein, executive director of Chitesh Das Dance Company and Chhandam School of Kathak Dance, will be featured presenters.  Artists from each organization will be sharing their art form as well.


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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.