The New Moon

April 10, 2024 | Vol. 21, No. 3

San Joaquin Valley-based Grupo Nuu Yuku perform La Danza de los Diablos, a sacred dance of the Mixteco community from Oaxaca, Mexico, at a festival supported by a 2017 Living Cultures grant from ACTA. Photo: Amy Kitchener/ACTA.

ACTA's Traditional Arts Roundtable Series is going on tour!

Since 2008, our Traditional Arts Roundtable Series (TARS) has been designed to strengthen intercultural traditional arts networks and to offer opportunities for traditional artists, culture bearers, and arts advocates to learn from one another through dialogue, technical assistance, networking, and sharing of community-based arts and culture. Each event will feature art sharing and engaging conversations with ACTA's Apprenticeship and Living Cultures awardees. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore available ACTA funding opportunities for 2024.

Next up we have TARS in Stockton on April 11, TARS in Davis on April 18, and TARS in San Francisco on June 10. Stay tuned for TARS in Redding and TARS in San Fernando Valley!

TARS in Stockton

Artist Roundtable + Info Session

Thursday, April 11, 2024

5:00–7:00 PM

Mexican Heritage Center

111 S Sutter St, Stockton, CA 95206

The Traditional Arts Roundtable Series (TARS) is a statewide program series produced by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. TARS is generously supported by Artplace and the California Arts Council. 

TARS in Davis

Artist Roundtable + Info Session

Thursday, April 18, 2024

5:30–7:30 PM

International House

10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616

The Traditional Arts Roundtable Series (TARS) is a statewide program series produced by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. TARS is generously supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the California Arts Council.

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Left: 2023 Apprenticeship Mentor Artist Marsha Carter, a Stockton-based quilter in the African American tradition shares a new work. Photo: Aliah Najmabadi/ACTA. Right: 2023 Living Cultures grant recipient Culture through Cloth: Elder artisan Lu Lee and textile artist Pachia Lucy Vang share Lu’s handcrafted, traditional textiles, which she’s made for over 60 years. Photo: Pachia Lucy Vang.

Now Hiring: Program Intern

ACTA's part-time Program Intern will support our team with a cultural asset mapping project in the Antelope Valley, part of our health equity work funded by The California Endowment. The position will be hybrid (remote, from our LA office, and in Antelope Valley) from June to December 2024. Apply by April 28.

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Melody HyunJeong Sim (Shim) mentors apprentice Juli Jiyoung Kang in Korean Pansori music in the Angeles National Forest in 2023. Photo: Chris Merchant/ACTA.

Watch our Funding Opportunities Info Session!

Missed the info session? Don't worry — you can still watch the recording! Click below to watch our virtual info session on Thursday, March 28 and learn all about our statewide 2024 Apprenticeship Program. Discover how mentor-apprentice pairs in California's traditional arts can receive $5,000 contracts to preserve cultural traditions. The deadline to submit your application is May 1, 2024, in English or Spanish.

The deadline to apply is May 1, 2024. For more info, visit

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¡Ve nuestra sesión informativa sobre nuestros programas!

¿Te perdiste la sesión informativa? No te preocupes, ¡aún puedes ver la grabación! Haz clic a continuación para ver nuestra sesión de información virtual el jueves 28 de marzo y aprende todo sobre nuestro emocionante Programa de Aprendices 2024. Descubre cómo las parejas de mentores y aprendices en las artes tradicionales de California pueden recibir contratos de $5,000 para preservar las tradiciones culturales. La fecha límite para presentar una solicitud es el 1 de mayo de 2024, en inglés o español.


La fecha límite para presentar la solicitud es el 1 de mayo de 2024. Para obtener más información, visite

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Featured Opportunities

Constellations Folk Arts & Cultural Stewardship Grants

In partnership with the California Arts Council, The Constellations Culture Change Fund & Initiative, housed at The Center for Cultural Power, invites California-based organizations who are led by Cultural Bearers and who are working through traditional and tradition-based forms and practices to apply to the 2024 Constellations Folk Arts & Cultural Stewardship Grants.

Deadline: May 1, 2024

Please note: Applicants may apply to both the Constellations Folk Arts & Cultural Stewardship Grants and ACTA’s forthcoming Living Cultures Grants Program. If your organization applies to both programs, and does not receive one of the 3-5 statewide Constellation grants, applicants are still eligible to receive ACTA’s Living Cultures grant. However, if an applicant is recommended for funding by both programs, only one of the grants may be awarded since the California Arts Council is the main funder of both programs. For this reason, we encourage organizations to apply to both programs to allow for the greatest chance of receiving funding.

ACTA promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by providing advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists and their communities. 

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