VOLUME 10, NO. 3
August 20, 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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"Ti Gason" Haitian dance-game from Lagonave Haiti
Djenane St. Juste
July 20, 2012

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Arts Loan Fund

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Upcoming Events

Fiesta Mexicana 2012
August 25, 012

3rd Annual Chinatown Music Festival
August 25, 2012
San Francisco

Weekend in Polynesia
August 31-September 2, 2012

4th Annual Noche Veracruzana: Arpas de America
September 1, 2012
Los Angeles

Next Generation of Folk
September 1, 2012

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 firstACTA's Southern California Office Grand Opening

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) will celebrate the opening of its Southern California office on August 21, 2012 from 6:00- 9:00 p.m. at Grand Performances at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.  This event, produced in association with Grand Performances, will offer an evening of convivial traditional arts sharing by several performing and visual artists drawn from ACTA's 15-year program history in the region.  Together, ACTA's board, staff and some of southern California's traditional cultural treasures will impart the story of ACTA and its important work.

Please join us for this special program which will showcase a small segment of performing and visual traditional artists who have participated in ACTA's programs from southern California.  You'll see Senegalese master drummer, composer, and choreographer Malik Sow; Kumeyaay singer Stanley Rodriguez from the Santa Ysabel Rancheria; dancers from Long Beach's Khmer Arts Academy; Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando; a voguing crew from REACH LA; and musicians & dancers from the Garifuna American Heritage Foundation.  Demonstrating artisans include: Ofelia Esparaza, an altarista from E. Los Angeles; Gary McClintock, a Descanso saddlemaker; African American quilter Allyson Allen; Chris Low a restoration expert in Chinese Lion dance costume; and Lorene Sisquoc with Nex'wetem, a collective of S. California Indian basketweavers.


If you're not able to join us for this historic event, please feel free to make a celebratory contribution to the Southern California office:


Visit ACTA's website for more details about the event or to read the full press release about ACTA's new Southern California office. 


ACTA SoCal Office Opening


secondUpcoming La Mesa Session of ACTA's Roundtable Series -- Adornment: Traditional Arts & the Natural World 
thirdBoyle Heights Cultural Treasure Project: Healing the Community, Honoring the Past, Believing in Convening, Making Treasures Last
Master altarista Ofelia Esparza (center, standing) leads a paper flower workshop at the Boyle Heights Cultural Treasures celebration hosted by ACTA and Building Healthy Communities-Boyle Heights.
Photo: Amy Kitchener
"Cultivating gardens
With the beauty of tradition
Mind, Body, Spirit
The discovery of change
Finding poetry in family
Artist instigation
Trust, the promise of youth
Building a new generation


"Healing the community
Honoring the past
Believing in convening
Making treasures last"


--Collective Songwriting Workshop 7/28/12, Self-Help Graphics, Boyle Heights Cultural Treasures Celebration


Visit ACTA's website to read ACTA Program Manager Quetzal Flores' description of ACTA's Boyle Heights Cultural Treasures Project and celebration held last month. 
fourthACTA Welcomes Two New Members to its Board of Directors
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Prudy Kohler (left) and Prumsodun Ok (right, center) join ACTA's Board of Directors.
ACTA is pleased to announce that Prudy Kohler and Prumsodun Ok have recently been elected to its Board of Directors.  Prudy serves as the Director of Fiscally Sponsored Project and Philanthropic Services for Community Initiatives, a fiscal sponsor in San Francisco.  Prumsodun Ok is the Associate Artistic Director of Khmer Arts in Long Beach and is both a former master and apprentice in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program.  Executive Director Amy Kitchener noted, "We are so pleased to have two such accomplished and highly regarded individuals join our board.  Their insight and service will be invaluable to ACTA."

fifthNational Folklore Archives Initiative Survey -- We Want to Hear From You!

If your organization, your repository, or academic or public program holds archival materials documenting or pertaining to folk culture and traditional arts, the American Folklore Society wants                   to hear from you!  We hope you will devote a few minutes to completing the survey about your collections, now available at


Visit ACTA's website for more information about the survey.

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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.