Now Live:
The Sounds of California Community Archive!
We're excited to share the launch of ACTA's new Sounds of California online community archive! This new site showcases the Sounds of California multimedia projects in different communities across the state. The first ethnographic collection to be highlighted is the community-sourced Boyle Heights multimedia collection.

As part of the Sounds of California - Boyle Heights program, ACTA commissioned three community members of Boyle Heights (Martha Escudero, Eva Garcia, and Margarita Gonzalez), who have strong connections to community work in their neighborhood, to document the expressive sights, sounds, and stories that they felt reflected the heart and a sense of belonging in Boyle Heights. The new site contains photos, videos, and audio recordings documenting community traditions and celebrations such as Dia de los Muertos, the assembly of anti-eviction and police brutality protests, public performances, and mutual aid efforts at Mariachi Plaza, and individual interviews of community members.
Check out "The Sounds of Boyle Heights / Los Sonidos de Boyle Heights" video preview!
This project was supported by California Humanities and the California Arts Council.
Announcing the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions in Folk and Traditional Arts

A Program Administered by ACTA

At the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, we join our colleagues at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in excitement to share with you this year’s recipients of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions in Folk and Traditional Arts. Over the past year, ACTA has been honored to serve as the program administrator for these commissions, stewarding a rigorous grants process—including designing the application guidelines and criteria, as well as developing and facilitating the panel review process—on behalf of the Hewlett Foundation.
These awards represent the largest single infusion of support into the vibrant, yet underfunded, area of folk and traditional arts commissions. At ACTA, we know these commissions will create important, lasting works of art, and we hope the Hewlett 50 Commissions in the Folk and Traditional Arts will inspire future investments in the field.

ACTA’s Executive Director, Amy Kitchener states, “The fact that Hewlett has recognized the potential of the folk and traditional arts and is commissioning ten awards of $150,000 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Foundation shows their commitment to honoring the broad and deep array of cultural expressions in the Bay Area performing arts community.” She continues,

“The commissions themselves show the power of what can happen when the field is invited to dream big, without the typical financial limitations. Each of the lead artists in these awarded commissions reminds us of the future forward orientation of traditional artists, who, through everyday cultural expressions, innovate and imagine the future for their communities and beyond.”

See the awarded artists and organizations here.
Join Our Team: Two New Job Openings at ACTA
Spread the word about these job opportunities at ACTA!

Operations and Finance Manager:
Based in ACTA’s Fresno office, the Operations and Finance Manager will serve as a critical element in the effective administration and smooth implementation of ACTA’s work. They will interface between three outsourced department functions: finance, human resources (HR), and internet technology (IT). In addition, the Operations and Finance Manager will work collaboratively with both program and development staff in fund development; tracking, coding, and reporting on grant expenditures; and in deploying grant resources toward their proper purposes.

See the full job description here.

Arts in Corrections Program Coordinator:
The Program Coordinator is in charge of coordinating ACTA’s Arts in Corrections Program (AIC) in California correctional facilities, along with administrative program tasks. ACTA’s Arts in Corrections program began in 2013, as a pilot program placing traditional artists as teachers of multi-week courses in 3 facilities. Today, the program works in 18 facilities via a staff of 35 teaching artists. This staff member will work closely with and report to the AIC Program Manager to implement an impactful Arts in Corrections Program in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Institutions. We are seeking a job candidate to work out of ACTA’s Fresno office, but other Central and Southern California locations (with proximity to the CDCR sites) will be considered.

See the full job description here.

Engaging Tradition Video Series

Have you checked out ACTA's new video series, Engaging Tradition?

Engaging Tradition is a series of educational videos that share the histories, practices, and communities behind several of California’s cherished traditional art forms. These videos are designed for teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning about traditional arts in a variety of educational settings. Browse through the videos below and you will find visualizations of history, personal narratives from culture bearers, and participatory demonstrations with artists, each contributing a thread to the rich cloth of our shared cultural heritage.
with Glen Delpit
with Wenceslao Quiroz
with Ofelia Esparza
The Culture of America:
A Cross-Country Visit with the 2021 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows

November 17, 2021 at 8:00 pm ET
Online broadcast (link)

The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts, will present “The Culture of America: A Cross-Country Visit with the 2021 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.” Emmy Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits will host the film and take viewers on a virtual trip across the country where this year’s National Heritage Fellows live and work. The pre-recorded virtual presentation will be webcast free to the public at No RSVP needed.

Join us in celebrating two National Heritage Fellows from California: Tagumpay De Leon and members of Los Lobos!
Farewell to Donna Middleton, ACTA Accounting Assistant

We're bidding a fond farewell to Donna Middleton, ACTA's Accounting Assistant since 2018. Donna was instrumental in helping ACTA navigate new changes during the pandemic, and we will miss her calm and gracious energy in the Fresno office!

"When I first began working with ACTA, I was clueless to this field of work. I have continued to be impressed with the hard work and dedication of the staff. Wishing ACTA the very best."
The Los Angeles County departments of Arts and Culture and Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services, and the LA City/County Native American Indian Commission (LANAIC), seek a consultant to facilitate stakeholder engagement sessions with local tribal leaders and American Indian and Alaska Native community members to: gather information that will inform updates to LA County’s official record on the history of the region to more accurately reflect and honor the history and contributions of local tribal nations, and gather input on the ways in which the County has harmed local tribes; develop a proposal for a set of Land Access policies, protocols, and toolkits for Los Angeles County; and develop a proposal for a Land Acknowledgment policy, protocol, and toolkit for Los Angeles County, in accordance with the Countywide Cultural Policy.
DEADLINE: 11/15/2021

The California Venues Grant Program will support eligible independent live events venues that have been affected by COVID-19 in order to support their continued operation. Eligible independent live events venues must have a physical address and operate in California, which will be validated through submitted business tax returns. If your business tax returns do not reference a California address, you will be deemed ineligible.
DEADLINE: 11/19/2021
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