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December 2, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Downstairs Program Room
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Healing from Trauma Through Traditional Arts

Monday, December 2, 2019

Learn about the intersection of tradition and health, with practitioners of Kapu Aloha and Afro-Cuban rumba!

Encounter the artistic work of three local organizations with experience in healing through traditional arts: the Omnira Institute, Halau 'O Kawainuhi, and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA).

Through first-person reflections, videos, photos, and participatory engagement, representatives of each organization will offer a glimpse into their respective programs, art forms, and healing processes.

Learn About
  • Traditional Rumba
    • This Afrocuban performative genre involves vocal improvisation, elaborate dancing, and polyrhythmic drumming.
  • Kapu Aloha
    • Healing through love and a place of positivity, discipline, self-care, and forgiveness—shared through songs and dances.
This event is part of our program series "Reclaiming Tradition, Reclaiming Health," running from November 4 - December 19, 2019, and accompanied by the traveling exhibition "A Voyage to Health," produced by the National Library of Medicine. 

About The Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Founded in 1997, The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit and serves as the California Arts Council’s official partner in serving the state’s folk and traditional arts field. ACTA promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to continue now and into the future by providing advocacy, resources and connections for folk and traditional artists and their communities. Folk and traditional artists are defined as tradition-bearers and cultural practitioners: people who transmit what they believe, know, do, and create with others who share a common heritage.

Rooted in California’s cultural communities, from Siskiyou to San Diego, ACTA is in direct communication with tradition-bearers who foster the state's rich and diverse cultural roots. ACTA’s programs and services are created, evaluated and evolved as a response to the specific needs of these cultural practitioners and their communities. ACTA works on behalf of artists, communities, and funders to connect them to each other, information, and resources.