The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange


Funding Opportunities and guidelines are now available online for the following programs of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts: ACTA Apprenticeship Program, The Living Cultures Grants Program, and the Traditional Arts Development Program.


The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuation of the state’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 who have shown a commitment to and a talent for a specific artistic tradition.


The Living Cultures Grants Program funds nonprofit organizations to support exemplary projects in traditional arts in California. Grant awards are generally limted to $5,000 or less. A small number of grants of up to $7,500 are awarded to projects that demonstrate significant impact on a particular cultural tradition.


The Traditional Arts Development Program makes contracts up to $1,500 to support consultancies, mentorships, and travel opportunities that foster a new 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.


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