A Circle of Reciprocity:
Give to the Traditional Arts Today
“A tree without roots will never bear fruit. Supporting ACTA is like supplying water to our roots. It is a little sip of livelihood to those brave traditional artists that will not compromise their culture.”
- Makeda Kumasi, The Umoja Ensemble of the Inland Empire
2020 ACTA Living Cultures Grantee
The traditional arts need your support now more than ever. The difficult reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a deep and lasting impact on both artist communities and communities of color—California’s traditional artists have been doubly hit by the social and economic effects of COVID-19.
This year, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) has dedicated itself to helping our community of traditional artists across the state remain resilient through the pandemic. We have been invigorated by the creative and fearless leadership of California artists and culture bearers who have reminded us time and time again that the traditional arts have the power to heal communities, to remind us who we are, and to imagine new futures in the darkest of times.
Your donation to ACTA brings you into our circle of reciprocity. All of the money that ACTA raises goes directly to supporting the work of traditional artists in California communities. With your help, we can continue to water the roots of our traditional arts networks, ensuring that the fruit of living cultural heritage continues to thrive for generations to come.
Will you make a gift in support of California's thriving cultural communities? Any amount, whether it be a one-time gift or a monthly donation, will help us meet our goal.
From the entire ACTA family, thank you for your interest in what we do.
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Mentor artist Dixie Rogers (L; Karuk) with her 2018 ACTA apprentice in Karuk baby basketry, Julia McCovey (R; Yurok, Karuk). Dixie is holding a completed baby basket, and Julia is holding roots that will be cleaned and trimmed to become weaving material. Photo: Shweta Saraswat/ACTA.