ACTA’s Traditional Arts Development Program makes contracts up to $1,500 to support consultancies, mentorships and travel opportunities that promote an innovative level of growth for individual folk & traditional artists and organizations engaged in this field in California.
Requested services may be focused on organizational, program, and/or artistic development goals. Individual artists and cultural practitioners, as well as organizations whether incorporated or not, may apply. Work in traditional arts and culture requires skills and support in many areas including cultural expertise; field documentation; artist self-management, marketing and publicity; repertoire development; concert production; interpretation and presenting; editing; graphic design; exhibit design; archival procedures; and organizational development and management, among others.
ACTA’s Traditional Arts Development Program invites requests that will facilitate the applicant’s next level of growth, artistically or organizationally. Folk and traditional arts are those art forms that are learned as part of the cultural life of a group of people whose members share a common ethnic heritage, language, religion, occupation or region. These expressions are deeply rooted in and reflective of a community’s shared standards of beauty, values or life experiences. Folk and traditional arts are, ultimately, passed on from one generation to the next and express a collective wisdom, rather than a unique personal aesthetic.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
The Traditional Arts Development Program is not a grant making program for project support. Instead, it is meant to provide specialized, short-term assistance via direct contracts to help applicants reach a new level of artistic or organizational growth.
Requests for organizational consultancies, artistic mentoring and travel support may be submitted to ACTA at any time. ACTA staff asks that you allow 30 days to review request and respond. Please be sure to send in your request with enough time before assistance is needed. Within 30 days of receipt we will notify applicants of acceptance or decline.
If accepted, ACTA will contract directly with the requested mentor or consultant to provide the service requested by the applicant. Fees will be paid by ACTA after the service is completed and invoices and reports are received. For travel support, ACTA will reimburse travel expenses after receipts and reports are received.
Individuals and organizations significantly engaged in folk and traditional arts in California are eligible to apply. Individuals must be authorized to work in the United States. Having 501(c)(3) status is not required, however, for-profit entities are ineligible. A maximum of one contract per applicant per twelvemonth period will be made. Returning applicants must propose a different activity.
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