| A Grand Night: ACTA's Southern California Office Opens|
|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.
|Last 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.
|Escaramuza: 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.
|Haitian Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area
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.
|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
|Thank 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
Lynn & Ken Cooper
Patricia & Vern Crow
Howard & Ruth Kitchener
Juan & Consuelo Medina
Paula & Harihar Rao
Judy & Bob Reynolds
Wendeanne Ke'aka Stitt
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.