Master Maidu basket weaver Shiwaya Peck(right) and her 2014 apprentice Valerie Edwards.  Photo: Russell Rodríguez 

Webinars in English and Spanish :: Information on Funding Opportunities for 2016

Join us for a webinar to learn more about ACTA's funding for folk and traditional artists through the Apprenticeship Program and Living Cultures Grants Program. Application deadline for both programs is July 15, 2015.

Webinars will be held in Spanish on June 4th and in English on June 11th.

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Members of the Boyle Heights community perform in the Lights On music video.  The song and video were produced as a part of ACTA's ongoing work with The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative in Boyle Heights.

WATCH :: ACTA-Produced Lights On Calls for Equitable School Funding in Los Angeles

For the past year, through its involvement in The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative, ACTA has supported the efforts of Boyle Heights-based artists in a collective community-based songwriting process, engaging local residents, youth, and activists in an inclusive dialogue around the needs of their community.  This music video, Lights On, presents the results of several of these ACTA-organized collective songwriting workshops led by Grammy Award-winning artists Martha Gonzalez and Quetzal Flores.

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A video on ACTA's YouTube channel features master artist Bounseung Synanonh playing the Lao kaen.

Tuning In? :: ACTA's YouTube Channel

Short of the direct experience of traditional or folk arts, what better way than online viewing is there to encounter the many cultural expressions and diverse artists who reside here California?  Welcome to ACTA's growing video channel on YouTube.

In the coming year ahead, ACTA will be launching more videos that will capture what we know to be true: Traditional arts are alive and thriving in our state.

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A Video Message From the NEA :: What's Your Art Story?

For their 50th anniversary, the National Endowment for the Arts is collecting stories on how the arts have touched the lives of people and their communities.  During their anniversary year, the NEA will be posting these stories on their website and promoting them across their social media.


We encourage you to visit to watch a video message from NEA Chairman Jane Chu and learn how to share your own art story.         

National Endowment for the Humanities' Common Heritage Grant Program
Deadline: June 25, 2015

ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program
Deadline: July 15, 2015

ACTA's Apprenticeship Program
Deadline: July 15, 2015