VOLUME 10, NO. 4
September 18, 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 Batiman Blan
Djenane Saint Juste
September 15, 2012

Djenane Saint Juste
September 05, 2012

Traditional Haitian arts role and importance in our cultural community
Djenane Saint Juste
August 26, 2012

Sweet and Spicy flavor of Haiti
Djenane Saint Juste
August 14, 2012

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 Turkish Bellydance Workshops with Ozgen
September 22-23, 2012
San Jose

Festival de la Chilena
September 22, 2012

The Music Circle presents Purbayan Chatterjee
September 22, 2012
Los Angeles

Family Jam at the Fowler: I've Got Rhythm-Samba Rhythm!
September 23, 2012
Los Angeles

AlohaFest! at the Ford
September 23, 2012
East Hollywood

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 firstA Grand Night: ACTA's Southern California Office Opens
Khannia Ok of Khmer Arts Academy performs Cambodian classical dance at ACTA's Southern California office grand opening, held at Grand Performances on August 21, 2012.
Lidereibugu Drumming and Dance Ensemble, representing the Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United, perform at ACTA's Southern California office grand opening celebration.  Photo: Abel Gutierrez
By Deborah Wong, President, ACTA's Board of Directors


On the evening of August 21, 2012, I was one of several hundred community members who gathered at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles to mark the opening of ACTA's Southern California office.

secondLast Session of ACTA's Roundtable Series 2012! -- Grassroots Fundraising with Jerry Yoshitomi


Grassroots Fundraising will be led by fundraising consultant and long-time nonprofit arts administrator Jerry Yoshitomi.  Join us this Saturday, September 22, 2012, for an intensive hands-on workshop about fundraising methods that are low-key yet effective.  Register now!  Space is limited! 


Visit ACTA's website for more information. 


thirdEscaramuza: Riding from the Heart Premieres October 5, 2012, on PBS
Escaramuza Charra Las Azaleas
Photo: Pony Highway Productions
The feature-length documentary, Escaramuza: Riding From the Heart, will premiere October 5, 2012, on PBS.  The documentary follows Escaramuza Charra Las Azaleas, a team of young Mexican-American horsewomen from the Inland Empire on their two-year journey to represent California and the U.S. at the National Charro Championships in Mexico.  The documentary was supported in part by ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program.


Visit ACTA's website to learn more and view the film's trailer.  
fourthHaitian Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area
Djenane and Florencia sing together one of the songs they are working on as part of the storytelling that would occur in Florencia's village of Lagonave, Haiti.
Djenane and Florencia sing together one of the songs they are working on as part of the storytelling that would occur in Florencia's village of Lagonave, Haiti.
Photo: Russell Rodriguez 
The presence of Haitians in the San Francisco Bay Area is represented by a very small community, nevertheless, the traditional and artistic practice of Haitian dance, drumming, singing, and storytelling is qualitatively represented by master artists such as Florencia Pierre and Daniel Brevil.  ACTA is honored to support, through its Apprenticeship Program, the work of these two artists who are wholeheartedly willing to share and expose their traditions to all the sectors of the Bay Area and to the larger society in general.

fifthThank You for Supporting California's Traditional Arts!

Our sincere gratitude to all those who made a donation this July and August to support traditional arts:


Colleen Ament Rasey
Juan Manuel Carrillo
Emmett Castro
Lynn & Ken Cooper
Shelley Cousineau
Patricia & Vern Crow
Kenya Curry
Carol Edison
Quetzal Flores

Gilda Zarate-Gonzalez

Lily Kharrazi

Amy Kitchener

Howard & Ruth Kitchener

Amy Lawrence
Juan & Consuelo Medina
Malcolm Margolin
Nayamin Martinez
Libby Maynard

Chike Nwoffiah
Paula & Harihar Rao
Sarah Remmert
Judy & Bob Reynolds
Wendeanne Ke'aka Stitt
Leoncio Vazquez

Deborah Wong
Jerry & Cindy Yoshitomi


Visit ACTA's website to read more from one of our donors on why he finds importance in supporting California's traditional arts.


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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.