Dancers MaryAnne Santos (left) and Jenise
 San Nicolas debuted at CHE'LU's Chamorro
 Cultural Fest in San Diego in 2014.
 CHE'LU's cultural and dance education
 program, Uno Hit, will be supported this
 year by a grant from ACTA's Living Cultures
 Grants Program.  Photo: Bryson Kim

ACTA Awards $200,000 to Support California's Living Cultural Heritage

This month, through the Living Cultures Grants Program, ACTA is awarding awarding $200,000 in grants to forty-one California nonprofit organizations and Native California tribes to support projects in folk and traditional arts.

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 Master musician Ravindra Bharathy
 Sridharan (right) will conduct an
 appreniceship in South Indian Carnatic
 percussion with his apprentice Shreyas
 Ramaswami, as part of this year's
 Apprenticeship Program.  Photo courtesy
 of Ravindra Bharathy Sridharan

Statewide Apprenticeship Program Supports California's Cultural Traditions Through 19 Artist Teams

This month, ACTA welcomes 19 teams of artists to its Apprenticeship Program, which encourages the continuation of the state's living cultural heritage by contracting exemplary master artists to offer intensive training and mentorship to qualified apprentices.

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 The KUD Mladost Bosne youth dance
 ensemble performed at the Croatian
 American Cultural Center's Bosnian
 festival, which was supported in part by a
 Living Cultures grant. Photo: Adriana

Sevdah Means Love: The Bay Area Bosnian Community

By Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager

Supported in part by a grant from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program, Beyond the Borders: Bosnian Sevdah & Dance was held at the Croatian American Cultural Center in San Francisco.  It was attended by young and old, with families sitting at large round tables enjoying traditional foods and drink.  They spent the afternoon visiting with one another, dancing to live music and enjoying their own community's musicians, singers, dancers and guest artists.

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 ACTA Executive Director Amy Kitchener

Amy Kitchener Elected to Grantmakers in the Arts Board of Directors

Beginning this month, Amy Kitchener, executive director of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), joins the Grantmakers in the Arts board of directors.  Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) is the only national network of private, public, and corporate arts funders.  GIA provides leadership and service to advance the use of philanthropic resources on behalf of arts and culture.

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 Mixed berry pie made by Yurok basket
 weaver Maggie Peters, former master artist
 in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program.
 Photo: Russell Rodríguez

Thank You! :: Over $6,500 Raised to Support California's Thriving Cultural Traditions

Thank you to the forty-one friends who contributed to the ACTA's End of Year Campaign. Thanks to your generosity, we raised $6,579!

We are grateful for the outpouring of support. This was an excellent way to wrap up 2014!

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