You're Invited!

Join us for our Sounds of California festival in Mariachi Plaza celebrating the people, sounds, and stories of Boyle Heights, CA!

Saturday October 16, 2021
1 - 4 PM PST
1831 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Free and open to the public! Masks required.
You’ll hear live performances of new, original compositions by local artists on Boyle Heights’ culture and history along with collectively-written songs in collaboration with community groups ranging on issues from land, food, youth, restorative justice, patriarchy, and capitalism through different genres. Enjoy food from local street vendors and share a story in a sound booth to become part of the Sounds of California digital archive!

Community members and leaders will share their stories onstage, and we’ll have a street altar commemorating loved ones lost during the pandemic that you can contribute to.

This event is free and open to everyone. Masks will be required and vaccinations are preferred. Vaccinations will also be made available onsite by our partner, The Wellness Center.

Mariachi Plaza is ADA accessible and there is free and paid parking on the streets surrounding the Plaza.

Performing artists include:
Angelica Mata ~ Eddika Organista ~ Gabriel Gonzalez ~ La Marisoul ~ Lysa Flores ~ Martha Gonzalez ~ Martin Saavedra ~ Nobuko Miyamoto ~ Raul Pacheco ~ Vaneza Mari Calderón

We look forward to seeing you there!
¡Te invitamos!

¡Acompáñenos para nuestro Festival Sonidos de California en la Plaza Mariachi celebrando a las personas, los sonidos, y las historias de Boyle Heights, CA!

Sábado 16 de octubre
1 a 4 PM PST
1831 E 1st St, Los Ángeles, CA 90033

¡Gratis y abierto a todo el público! Se requieren mascarillas. Vacunaciones disponibles.
Escuchará presentaciones en vivo de composiciones nuevas y originales de artistas locales sobre la cultura y la historia de Boyle Heights junto con canciones escritas colectivamente en colaboración con grupos comunitarios que abarcan temas que van desde la tierra, la comida, la juventud, la justicia restaurativa, el patriarcado y el capitalismo por medio de diferentes géneros.
Disfrute de la comida de vendedorxs ambulantes locales y comparta una historia en una cabina de sonido para convertirse como parte del archivo digital de Sonidos de California. Personas y líderes de la comunidad compartirán su historia en el escenario y tendremos un altar callejero al que puede contribuir para conmemorar a lxs seres queridos perdidxs durante la pandemia.

Gratis y abierto a todxs. Se requerirán mascarillas con preferencia a la vacunación. Vacunas estarán disponibles por parte de nuestra colaboradora The Wellness Center.

Mariachi Plaza es accesible para personas con discapacidad y hay estacionamiento gratuito y de pago en las calles que rodean la plaza.

Entre lxs artistas que presentan se encuentran
Angélica Mata ~ Eddika Organista ~ Gabriel González ~ La Marisoul ~ Lysa Flores ~ Martha González ~ Martín Saavedra ~ Nobuko Miyamoto ~ Raúl Pacheco ~ Vaneza Mari Calderón

¡Esperamos verte!
NEW Sounds of California Microsite
Launching this weekend!

As part of the Sounds of California Festival, ACTA will be debuting a new microsite dedicated to the community-driven collection of sounds and stories that form the core of this program.

We are launching with material from the Boyle Heights cycle of Sounds of California, and will be adding archival material from previous program cycles dating back to 2015. Keep an eye out for this new resource in the days to come!
In the News:
"Sounds that Bind in Boyle Heights: Memory, Belonging, and Multiracial Histories in a Los Angeles Neighborhood"
"Boyle Heights has these many generations of very special ways of articulating lived realities via music. An entire political, cultural, and social experience is transmitted into song and verse and melody.”
—Quetzal Flores
ACTA Program Manager

How do songs capture the history and spirit of a place? Celia Viramontes takes a deep dive into the 10 original songs composed by East LA artists for ACTA's Sounds of California program to consider how city streets, family memories, and personal histories shape the music of these artists in a new story in East Wind. From the significance of Otomisan Japanese Restaurant to the drone of the 60 Freeway, the commissioned artists share how the shape of Boyle Heights is expressed in their music.

Photo: Still from the lyric video for "Mariachi Plaza," an original composition by Angelica Mata for ACTA.
ACTA Board Member Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson to Chair National Endowment for the Arts

President Joseph R. Biden nominated Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D., of Los Angeles as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). She will be the nation’s first African American and Mexican American to be appointed as NEA chair. Dr. Jackson has served on ACTA's board for nearly a decade, where she has been an unwavering advocate for the culture bearers of California and the nation.

“It is an honor to be nominated to serve as head of the National Endowment for the Arts by President Biden, who has a demonstrated deep commitment to the arts,” said Dr. Jackson. “Our art, culture, and creativity are some of our country’s most valuable resources. They are evidence of our humanity, our ability to learn from our examined experience, and our ability to imagine and innovate. The arts are critical to our well-being, to robust economies, and to healthy communities where all people can thrive. I am continuously inspired by the myriad ways in which artists, designers, and culture bearers make a difference, whether it be through celebrated national and international careers or through careers where artists are embedded in our communities, institutions, and organizations helping us to see and act in new ways as we move towards a more perfect union."

Image courtesy of Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson.
Traditional Koto at the Symphony
A Q+A with Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto
"The language of music is universal. There really isn’t anything to “translate” because it’s all in the feeling of the music, which is somehow understood. It doesn’t matter where you came from, even if it’s not part of your background. Anyone can understand it if you just listen."
—Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto

This fall, longtime ACTA mentor artist and master artist of the Japanese koto, Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto, was invited to curate an exchange between Western classical music and Japanese classical music by the San Francisco Symphony as part of their CURRENTS online program. What resulted was a beautiful episode featuring Shirley alongside San Francisco Symphony musicians in a program that celebrates the elegant power of an instrument to connect across genres.

A lifelong practitioner of the koto, a 13-stringed zither that is the national instrument of Japan, Shirley has participated in several ACTA programs, mentoring three different koto students through ACTA's Apprenticeship Program. Shirley talked to ACTA Program Manager Lily Kharrazi about what the collaboration with the SF Symphony meant to her as a traditional culture bearer in the Bay Area.

Photo by Criswell Muhammad.
Kulintang Kultura: Danongan Kalanduyan and Gong Music of the Philippine Diaspora
New album release by Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings released Kulintang Kultura: Danongan Kalanduyan and Gong Music of the Philippine Diaspora on October 1. The special two-disc collection pays homage to the late Danongan "Danny" Kalanduyan, a talented musician and generous teacher who championed traditional Filipino kulintang gong music in the United States, as well as the music and musicians of the Philippine diaspora who have incorporated traditional Kulintang influences into rock, hip-hop, electronic, and other genres. Kulintang Kultura is the next release in Smithsonian Folkways' Asian Pacific America Series. Listen to a sample

ACTA is proud to have supported the work of Danny Kalanduyan through the years. Danny was a mentor artist in ACTA's inaugural Apprenticeship Program cycle in 2000—he would go on to serve as a mentor artist in 2013 and 2007 in addition to being a featured artist in ACTA's first Sounds of California concert at the Oakland Museum in 2015.

In a beautiful example of traditional lineage, Danny's student Bernard Barros Ellorin served as an ACTA mentor artist in 2019 to none other than Danny's granddaughter Kimberly Kalanduyan. Kim and Bernard wrote a personal essay chronicling their journey in upholding Danny's cultural legacy for ACTA—check it out here.
Milan: Artists Emerging
Online concert by the Ektaa Center

2021 Living Cultures Grantee the Ektaa Center, in partnership with the East West Center, Hawaii, Dhvani India Performing Arts Society of Central Ohio, and Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego presents ‘Milan 21 – artists emerging.'

As the world slowly emerges from the pandemic, Ektaa Center in keeping with its mission to unite communities, has curated this ‘coming together’ of young artists, trained in multiple disciplines/genres and role models within the community as they pursue a career in music. The other objective of Milan is to provide an inimitable musical experience and education to audiences through the creative explorations and collaborations by these multi-talented artists.
With the recent increase in violence against Asians and Pacific Islanders, the fellowship will focus on the overarching theme of anti-racism. The Japanese American National Museum and Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Los Angeles are seeking two artists to work with both organizations in developing new artistic work(s) addressing racism and the current rise of anti-Asian sentiment. The artists will be asked to consider how art and democracy are used to combat racism. Artists will be given creative freedom to develop innovative artistic strategies to engage API communities.
DEADLINE: 10/18/2021
California Humanities Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) are awarded three times a year (February, June, October) to small-scale public humanities programs and projects which take place within one year from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation. Appropriate formats include virtual and in-person community dialogues, reading and film discussion groups, oral history workshops, non-fiction workshops, speaker series, and many more activities based in humanities disciplines. Any California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply. Note: A cash or in-kind match of the award is NOT required. 
DEADLINE: 10/18/2021

The Los Angeles County Departments of Arts and Culture and Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) seek a Creative Strategist to work in partnership with WDACS as an Artist-in-Residence. During the residency, the Creative Strategist will collaborate with staff from the Community Centers division of WDACS to develop a project that may include artistic interventions, approaches, and strategies; community engagement and participation; the identification of cultural and community assets; the creation of new artworks; and/or access to artistic and cultural experiences to meet the established goal(s) of the residency.
DEADLINE: 10/25/2021
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