ACTA program manager Quetzal Flores leads a 集体作曲 工作shop as part of ACTA's 建立健康社区 工作.


Elevat荷兰国际集团(ing) traditional arts practices that center community knowledge 和 culture in campaigns for health equity

建立健康社区 (BHC) is a 10-year statewide initiative of the 加州养老 to address health inequities in 14 California communities. 自2011年以来, ACTA has been br荷兰国际集团(ing)荷兰国际集团(ing) traditional artists together with community members in Boyle Heights, 默塞德, 圣安娜, 和 the East Coachella Valley to open pathways for connection, 反射, 通过传统艺术进行动员.

Participants in a 2019 BHC event support荷兰国际集团(ing) the Invest in Youth campaign in 洛杉矶. Posters creation led by Self Help Graphics artists. Timo Saarelma摄影.

The BHC initiative focuses on build荷兰国际集团(ing) power locally by fund荷兰国际集团(ing) non-profit organizations in 14 communities across the state that have been devastated by health inequities. The Endowment has invested in those communities to facilitate collaboration toward policy change around three different areas: 学校, 社区, 预防性的健康. 在波伊尔高地的案例中, where gentrification has been impact荷兰国际集团(ing) the neighborhood, 增加了第四个领域: anti-displacement.

ACTA contributes to this initiative by mobiliz荷兰国际集团(ing) participation in traditional arts practices as a way of build荷兰国际集团(ing) healthy communities. Our 工作 has shown that gather荷兰国际集团(ing) through the practice of the arts strengthens community resilience 和 resourcefulness, deepens a collective capacity for democratic deliberation 和 decision mak荷兰国际集团(ing), 和 enables individuals to hone 和 refine their creativity 和 virtuosity as artists 和 activists. 人们学习新技能, 发展新的人际关系, 和 gain confidence about solv荷兰国际集团(ing) problems when they construct altars, 参加集体歌曲创作工作坊, 参加戏剧演出, write a book about the cultural treasures in their neighborhood,  或者组织聚会制作壁画, 被子, 绣花上衣, 枕头, 和围裙, to name just a few of the projects ACTA has seeded.

艺术帮助我们倾听, 打破那些枷锁, 和 release some th荷兰国际集团(ing)s we have been carry荷兰国际集团(ing) for a long time.”
—胡安娜中东和北非地区, ACTA 艺术家的 for 建立健康社区 Boyle Heights, 2019

皇冠投注网, the 工作 with BHC began with a process to identify the culture bearers 和 traditional arts practitioners who were already part of the community 和 had been 工作荷兰国际集团(ing) there for a period of time. 我们通过ACTA做到了这一点 Participatory C文化资产映射 methodology that convened a local taskforce to support us in collect荷兰国际集团(ing) questionnaires identify荷兰国际集团(ing) the people, 的地方, 事件, 和 organizations that were culturally significant to the identity of the four communities we 工作 in. These asset mapp荷兰国际集团(ing) methods honor 和 make visible cultural treasures that hold value in a particular community 和 foster spaces of belong荷兰国际集团(ing)—an essential prerequisite for social change 和 工作 towards racial equity.

在波伊尔高地的案例中, ACTA has continued to build on the initial asset map to mobilize local artists as community leaders. Over 100 cultural treasures were nominated by the community—from those, artists who had cultural knowledge 和 sensibility 工作荷兰国际集团(ing) with this specific community rose to the surface. ACTA arranged for these artists 和 culture bearers to lead a series of 工作shops within the different BHC campaigns that focus on improv荷兰国际集团(ing) health through 学校, 社区, 的预防措施, 以及反流离失所的努力. The 工作shops developed into formal artists fellowships that pair an artist fellow with one area of focus 和 with a mentee from the community who 工作s with 和 learns from the artist fellow.

近十年来,ACTA提供了 artists with the space, resources, 和 support f或者让他们行使自己的权力 实验荷兰国际集团(ing) 在他们的实践中 to 开发我自己订婚了 方法. 



Check out our newest bil荷兰国际集团(ing)ual publication "SaludArte: Build荷兰国际集团(ing) Health Equity on the Bedrock of Traditional Arts 和 Culture," which explores what can happen when traditional artists engage cultural practices to address social determinants of health like structural racism, 贫困, 和 other conditions that impact our ability to lead healthy lives where we live, 工作, 和玩耍.

2021 建立健康社区 艺术家们

Participant in a 2019 工作shop on quilt荷兰国际集团(ing) 和 restorative justice led by 艺术家的 Juana Mena. Timo Saarelma摄影.

奥马尔·拉米雷斯 艺术家的
胡安娜中东和北非地区, 艺术家也是
健康发生在学校|壁画制作, 画,  zine-mak荷兰国际集团(ing), 无线电广播, 恢复绗缝

Vaneza Mari Calderón, 艺术家的
健康发生在社区|墨西哥流浪音乐, 集体作曲, altar-mak荷兰国际集团(ing), 视觉艺术, 手工制作工艺, 艾治

奥菲利亚·埃斯帕萨和罗珊娜·埃斯帕萨·阿伦斯, 艺术家们
局局长Mayra西蒙斯 学员
东区领导 | Altar-mak荷兰国际集团(ing), 视觉艺术, 手工制作工艺s, weav荷兰国际集团(ing)

VIDEO: Learn how ACTA helps seed restorative justice practices in the community of Boyle Heights through the transformative 工作 of 建立健康社区 艺术家的 和 quilter, 胡安娜中东和北非地区, 和妈妈们在罗斯福高中.


ACTA’s 工作 with 建立健康社区 is supported by 加州捐赠基金.


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