Indian dancers and musicians among artists chosen for California Cultureplace 

July 30, 2006 

California Cultureplace serves as a gateway to help connect some of the state's exemplary traditional artists with the general public to build awareness for their artistry, skills, and traditions, and to help artists find meaningful work and opportunities to advance themselves. 
California Cultureplace: Connecting with Exemplary Traditional Artists  

The list of chosen artists 
Eugene Albitre - Traditional Western and Native American Arts 
Charya Burt - Cambodian Classical Dance 
Bonnie Chase - Western Saddle Blanket Weaving 
Chitresh Das - North Indian Kathak Dance 
Prince Diabaté - West African Kora Music 
Naomi Gedo Diouf - West African Dance 
LaVerne Glaze - Karuk Basketry 
Ruben Guzmán - Mexican Cartonería Sculpture 
Ramya Harishankar - South Indian Bharatanatyam Dance 
Malathi Iyengar - South Indian Bharatanatyam Dance  
Sun Wuk Kim - Korean Seal Carving 
Conrad Koppenhafer - Western Saddle Making 
Juan Morales - Mexican Mariachi Music  
Leanne Mounvongkham - Northern Lao Weaving 
Pirayeh Pourafar - Persian Tar Music 
Pt. Radha Prasad - Indian Classical & Folk Bamboo Flute Music 
Herminia Albarrán Romero - Mexican Paper Arts 
Eva Salazar - Kumeyaay Basketry 

Malathi Iyengar 
Ramya Harishankar 

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts works to "ensure that California's future holds California's past" by providing programs and services to support the state's diverse living cultural heritage. ACTA cultivates the growth of traditional arts and culture through stewardship in tending and nurturing California's unique cultural landscape; providing services to artists; and connecting people, resources and information. 
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How are the artists chosen for California Cultureplace? 

In the initial phase of this project, the artists chosen for California Cultureplace will come from the pool of artists who have been selected as master artists in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program.  In this program, expert reviewers evaluate applicants according to criteria including artistic quality and traditionality.  In the future, ACTA staff will expand beyond this program in their curation of this site.