Master weaver Dixie Rogers (L; Karuk) with her 2018 ACTA apprentice in Karuk baby basketry, Julia McCovey (R; Yurok, Karuk). 图片来源:Shweta saraswatt - sullivan /ACTA.


支持民间的机会 & Traditional Arts in the United States

We “mus tek cyear a de root fa heal de tree” — we must take care of the roots to heal the tree.
Gullah Geechee谚语

A new publication of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Researched and written by Amy Kitchener, M.A.Shweta saraswatt - sullivan博士.D.和Lily Kharrazi, M.A.

Every cultural community in the United States is rooted in a sense of belonging, 成员共享, and anchored by collective wisdom and aesthetics. These roots of cultural heritage are maintained, 加强, and expanded through the practice of folk and traditional arts. 奴隶制的现实, 位移, 结构性种族主义, 系统性的贫困, and cultural appropriation have tested the strength of these cultural roots. 压力甚至更加明显, viewed against our present-day national reckoning with these harms amidst a global pandemic. 在这种情况下, traditional arts practices are potent political acts of social belonging, power, and justice. From this field have emerged works and artists of beauty, technical prowess, and meaning. 音乐, 跳舞, 工艺, 口头传统, 艾治, and other heritage ways are transmitted and engaged in as part of the cultural life of a community. We invoke the metaphor of the taproot, 从植物学借用的术语, to describe a community’s central cultural root, growing downward to a considerable depth. 在我们的延伸隐喻中, key artists and culture bearers tend these taproots, 担任教师, 创造者, 有远见者和倡导者, 经理, 筹款活动, 策展人, 规划者, 和演员.

1996 NEA 国家 Heritage Fellow and founder of Harlem-based Puerto Rican ensemble Los Pleneros de la 21, 胡安·古铁雷斯(左), 与演员. 图片来源:Tom Pich Photography.

然而,, the vast majority of traditional artists—and the organizations, 集体, and informal networks of practice they lead—have never received the philanthropic investment that would allow them to realize long-term visions for change in their communities. There has been little national effort to invest in, 召开, or capitalize these artists and organizations, a fundamental inequity in arts funding in the US. 结果是, artist-leaders at the pinnacle of traditional arts practices lack the financial and infrastructure stability to plan for succession and to set goals at a more forward-thinking scale for their organizations.

A cultural exchange rehearsal with Angkor Dance Troupe from Lowell, MA, 和法国的柬埔寨舞者. 图片:ADT提供.

这份报告, 照料主根: 支持民间的机会 & Traditional Arts in the United States, presents the findings of the Alliance of California Traditional Arts’ (ACTA) Taproot Initiative. 这个国家的规划工作, aimed to re-center traditional and folk artists and their art forms as catalysts for transformation and restoration in our larger society, is aligned with other important movements in the arts and culture sector to spur critical thinking and action during this hallmark moment of radical change. The report describes the resource landscape of folk and traditional arts. It offers operational recommendations as a call to action to support taproot artist-leaders and organizations with focused investment in funding and development to do more and do better, 基础设施资源, 国家认知度提升, and new standards for robust data and research infrastructure. Our recommendations are evidenced by qualitative and quantitative research findings, grounded in ACTA’s quarter century of experience as a funder and advocate in this field.

这是我们对国家的挑战, 区域, 当地的, and philanthropic organizations and funders of folk and traditional arts:

  • Invest in taproot artists and culture bearers through sustained fellowships for accomplished artists and multi-year support for large arts projects, institute continuing operating support for artists’ cultural enterprises, and provide technology transfer and training for taproot artists and administrators
  • 投资于持续的运营资金 to the many organizations that sustain the taproot ecosystem and that develop and host key programs and performances; invest in economic opportunities and training for organizations and culture bearers to develop and expand their arts-related income 
  • Raise the visibility and position of this field through a national communications strategy and partnerships with public agencies, 慈善基金会, and private partners to widely disseminate traditional arts education and materials to the public
  • Update 数据收集 and research infrastructure with investment in new quantitative and qualitative research to illuminate the roles and impact of traditional artists and their organizations; upgrade cultural heritage documentation, 数据收集, and dissemination infrastructure to establish new standards in the field; elevate the 区域 and national research repositories of living cultural heritage in collaboration with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress


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