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The Alliance for California Traditional Arts is a state agency, based in Fresno, that supports folk and traditional arts. That have impressive programs to assist, develop and encourage individual folk artists and
organizations fostering traditional and folk arts. Their website has great resources and they have well designed monthly email that lists lots of funding opportunities.

On Tuesday, May 20th, 7-9 pm, they are holding a free information meeting at their Fresno office - Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

1245 Van Ness Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93721

Others informational meetings will be held throughout the state, if you can't make today's meeting or you can
contact their local office.

The Alliance's Living Cultures Grants Program provides funding for nonprofit organizations to support exemplary projects in the traditional arts. Grant awards range up to $7,500. Application postmark deadline is July 15, 2008. Projects may being January 1, 2009, and should end by December 30, 2009.

The Alliance's Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuation of the state's traditional arts and cultures by making $3,000 contracts with master artists to train qualified apprentices. Application postmark deadline is August 1, 2008. Apprenticeships may begin January 1, 2009, and should end by December 30, 2009.

The Alliance's Traditional Arts Development Program makes contracts up to $1,500 to support consultancies, mentorship's, and travel opportunities that foster a new level of growth for folk & traditional artists and
organizations. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

The Alliance's programs are made possible by the generous support and partnership from the California Arts Council, the Columbia Foundation, the Fresno Arts Council, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the William & Flora
Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information, or to receive guidelines and application forms by mail, please contact Lily Kharrazi, Living Cultures Grants Program Manager, at (415) 346-5200 by email:

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