We are writing to ask you to support the continuation of vital cultural traditions in California. Since 1998, nearly 500 Master Artists and Apprentices in 46 counties have been supported by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA).
By funding intimate and intensive learning opportunities of cultural traditions, we are building a new California together -- one that respects cultural diversity, a multiplicity of languages, and the creation of beautiful art that is one of the foundations of what makes a vibrant, healthy, and tolerant society.
ACTA is proud of its sixteen-year history of support across California's cultural geographic landscape to further transmission in Native American basketry; African-American quilts; Indian Bharata Natyam and Kathak dance; Western saddle making; Chinese percussion; Native Hawaiian kahiko hula chant and dance; Pilipino Kulintang music; and Chicano murals, to mention just a few. You can learn more about ACTA's history of support according to location, cultural community, and art form here: http://www.actaonline.org/content/find-artists-communities.
Within the past five years, decreased funding has forced ACTA to reduce the number of annual awards for the Apprenticeship Program. We want to change this and with support from you, we will be able to maintain at least 17 teams this year continuing the work of invaluable cultural transmission.
Join us and other Traditional Artists, families, and friends in donating $10 or more to support two Master-Apprentice teams in 2014. We must raise $8,000 to support the two projects and required program expenses. To make your tax deductible donation to this campaign, visit our Indeigogo page or mail a check to ACTA's Fresno office (1245 Van Ness Ave., Fresno, CA 93721).
Please help us raise additional funds by passing this message on to your family, friends, and colleagues.
California Master Artist Danny Kalanduyan