|Remembering Avis Punkin (North Fork Mono)
|Avis Punkin (right) and her granddaughter and 2003 apprentice Carly Tex holding baskets made by Avis. Photo: A. Kitchener|
We at ACTA are saddened by the passing of traditional basket weaver Avis Punkin who was a two-time master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program, first in 2003 with granddaughter-apprentice artist Carly Tex in coiled basketry; and then in 2009 with daughter-in-law-apprentice artist Julie Dick Tex in creating a twined basket for sifting acorn flour. It was a privilege to have known Avis and witnessed her commitment to family, community, and high standards in the practice of Mono tradition.
--Amy Kitchener, ACTA Executive Director
Visit ACTA's website to read Avis Punkin's obituary, written by her granddaughter Carly Tex, her daughter-in-law Julie Dick Tex, and her granddaughter Mandy Marine.
| Dear Friends of ACTA's Apprenticeship Program: A Letter from Master Artists|
Patricia Montgomery (right) with her apprentice Helen Anderson and the quilt Helen made during their apprenticeship.
Friends of ACTA's Apprenticeship Program:
Three weeks ago we informed you that ACTA has been forced to reduce the number of awards for the Apprenticeship Program from 24 in 2009 to 17 in 2012 and possibly as few as 15 in 2013. We seek to raise $6,000 to support two additional Master/Apprentice pairs, maintaining in 2013 the same number (17) of pairs as 2012.
We each contributed at least $10 and asked that you do the same. We thank those who stepped forward to contribute. Forty-one donors have already contributed amounts between $10 and $1,000 for a total of $2,630. It's not too late for you to join the list of donors by our goal of December 20, 2012. After you donate, please pass on this message to others to join you. To support, go to: http://tinyurl.com/support-apprenticeships or mail a check to ACTA's Fresno office (1245 Van Ness Ave. Fresno CA 93721).
Master Artist Jennifer Bates
Miwok Basket Weaver
Master Artist Patricia Montgomery
African American Quilter
Master Artist Corey Chan
Chinese Lion Dance and Lion Head Construction
San Francisco, CA
| Coachella Synergy Festival: A Celebration of Eastern Coachella Valley's Cultural Treasures
A portion of the Shady Lane mural, unveiled at the Coachella Synergy Festival on November 17, 2012.
By Quetzal Flores, Program Manager
In continuing our collaborative work with The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities, ACTA facilitated another community cultural asset mapping effort in the Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV). A task force made up of several collaborators including, Raices del Valle, Culturas and Arts, Building Healthy Communities-Eastern Coachella Valley, and several residents of Duros and Coachella collected approximately 300 surveys and identified over 200 "cultural treasures," or cultural people, places, events, and organizations that are valued by the community.
Visit ACTA's website to read more about ACTA's participation in the Coachella Synergy Festival, and view a slideshow of photos from the event.
| City of San Fernando's Mariachi Master Apprentice Program Receives National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award
Members of Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Photo courtesy of City of San Fernando MMAP.
Last month, the City of San Fernando's Mariachi Master Apprentice Program received the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, awarded at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. The award recognizes after-school and out-of-school programs that use engagement in the arts and the humanities to increase academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment, as well as improve literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness.
The City of San Fernando's Mariachi Master Apprentice Program is a current and past grantee of ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program.
Visit ACTA's website to read more.
| California Traditional Artist Eugene Rodriguez Receives United States Artists Fellowship|
|Mexican folk musician Eugene Rodriguez. Photo courtesy of Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center|
This month, United States Artists announced Mexican folk musician Eugene Rodriguez as one of its 2012 Fellows. United States Artists, a national grantmaking and advocacy organization, honors 50 of America's finest artists each year with a $50,000 individual fellowship award through its Fellowship Program.
Visit ACTA's website to learn more about Eugene Rodriguez.
Visit the United States Artists' website to learn more about the other 49 2012 Fellows.
| Creative Work Fund Invites Applications from Bay Area Traditional Artists
|The Creative Work Fund (CWF) invites Bay Area artists and nonprofit organizations to apply for grants for collaborative projects featuring traditional or visual artists. Letters of inquiry are due by Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Up to $650,000 will be available for grants that may range in size from $10,000 to $40,000. To assist individuals and organizations interested in applying, CWF will host and co-host a series of seminars and webinars in December, January, and February.Visit the Creative Work Fund's website for more information and the seminar and webinar schedule.