Music/Songwriting taught by Juan Perez and Quincy McCrary at California Correctional Institution, 2017. Photo: Eric Coleman

California Arts Council Doubles Investment in ACTA's Arts in Corrections Program
As we commence our fourth year facilitating Arts in Corrections programs throughout the state, we are proud to announce the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections has doubled its investment in the Alliance for California Traditional Arts by expanding our offerings in seven different regions across the state for the 2017-2018 contract period.
ACTA will now be able to bring a new cohort of artists into this meaningful work, enhancing inmates' creative abilities across California to tell their own stories, carry their cultures, and build bridges across racial, ethnic, and cultural divides-necessary tools for wellness and community transformation in 21st century America. 
Founding Director Amy Kitchener states: 

ACTA has innovated on the standard practices of arts in corrections for California's inmates by employing traditional and tradition-based artists rooted in communities  who feel called to re-weave the fabric of their communities by offering familial artistic practices to their incarcerated brothers and sisters. These artists are bringing culture, aesthetics, and community to foster a sense of belonging and "home" into a space of personal isolation. ACTA's workshops lead to a sense of cultural belonging for many inmates, offering a bridge between cultural and social divides by interacting, creating, and understanding a range of deep cultural practice.

LAST CALL to Apply for ACTA's 2018 Funding Opportunities
The Alliance for California Traditional Arts 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.
The deadline for these funding opportunities
(July 17) is fast approaching. View the guidelines and start your application for our 2018 funding opportunities today!
The Living Cultures Grants Program seeks to sustain and strengthen the folk and traditional arts in the state of California with grants of $5,000 to California-based nonprofits, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors.  Application deadline: July 17, 2017
The Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuity of California's traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. Each $3,000 contract will support a period of concentrated learning for apprentices demonstrate a committed engagement with and talent for a specific folk and traditional art form or practice.  Application deadline: July 17, 2017 

San Francisco Kulintang Legacy at the 50th Smithsonian Folklife Festival -  July 2017.  
Photo: Cliff Murphy/NEA.

San Francisco Kulintang Legacy at the 50th Annual Smithsonian  Folklife Festival
By Titania Buchholdt
2017 ACTA Apprenticeship Program, Master Artist
2000 ACTA Apprenticeship Program, Apprentice

On July 6 and 7, San Francisco Kulintang Legacy performed traditional kulintang ensemble music of the Philippines and contemporary kulintang music of California at the   50th Smithsonian Folklife Festival this summer as part of the Festival's "  On the Move " program on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Performances were followed with hands-on workshop/demonstrations on both afternoons.
SF Kulintang Legacy is a coalition of a dozen people who worked closely, in various capacities, with San Francisco-based Maguindanaon kulintang master Danongan "Danny" Kalanduyan (1947-2016). California kulintang music exists because of master artist Kalanduyan, who moved from the University of Washington in Seattle to San Francisco in the mid-1980s, and who is now acknowledged as the "Father of American Kulintang Music."

From a 2015 Sounds of California concert, this video showcases the tuned gong music rooted in the Muslim-Filipino culture of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, in an ensemble directed by the late ACTA master artist and NEA National Heritage Fellow (1995) Danongan "Danny" Kalanduyan. The concert was co-presented by Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Radio Biling├╝e and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in partnership with the Oakland Museum of California at James Moore Theater in the Oakland Museum on December 6, 2015.

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