The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (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.
2011-2012 Accomplishments1 Opened 2nd regional office in LA 2 Published Weaving Traditional Arts into the Fabric of Community Health: report on potential to promote health through traditional arts 3 Launched “Activating Cultural Assets” project – community-led cultural inventories piloted in Boyle Heights & E Coachella to inform & strengthen health connections in The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative 4 Payout of $396,000 to Living Cultures Grants Program, most to date 5 Completed 11 years of the Apprenticeship Program, 6 years of Living Cultures Grants Program, & 9 years of Traditional Arts Development Program, supporting 877 artists & organizations with $2.8 million6 Hired 2 new staff, bringing total to 7, most in ACTA history 7 Organized sessions at GIA conference; published 2 pieces in GIA Reader 8 Launched 4th year of Traditional Arts Roundtable Series, free to Bay Area9 Mentored 8 organizations, boosting capacity in San Joaquin Valley & Central Coast that serve low income communities of color & integrate traditional arts in their work through Traditional Arts Sustainability Project 10 Invited & hosted NEA Chairman on first- ever visit by a chair to San Joaquin Valley, advocating for greater funding 2012-2013 Goals 1 Maintain consistency in three core programs2 Continue research for 14 place regions of TCE's BHC Initiative & continue with cultural inventory fieldwork 3 Expand ACTA’s programs and services in Southern CA 4 Expand ACTA’s communication strategy through website, e-newsletter, FaceBook 5 Disseminate & utilize results of ACTA’s health-based research study 6 Obtain more funding; increase awards in ACTA’s core programs7 Expand Spanish outreach8 Launch individual donor campaign; increase unrestricted revenue9 Ethnographic research in new communities10 Engage public discourse; advocate through publications, conferences, webinars
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