COLLECTION

ACTA Apprenticeship Program Collection

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Identifier
NFAI.O.00001732
Date
1999 - 2011 (Bulk dates)
Summary
Background of ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program: The Apprenticeship Program begun with Round 1 in 1999 and since that time has provided contracts to 240 master-apprenticeship teams, Rounds 1-13.  ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuation of the state’s living cultural heritage by contracting master artists to train qualified apprentices working in intensive one-on-one learning relationships.  Between 12-24 pairs have been funded for each round of the program.
 
The program runs on an annual calendar year cycle. Contracts are issued to master artists in December and the pairs must work together for at least six months and no more than a year (the calendar year that follows).  Around the midpoint of the apprenticeship, the apprenticeship program manager makes a site visit to the pair. The purpose of the site visit is to document the pairs’ work together and access the apprentice’s progress.  The AP manager conducts interviews with the pairs, documents their work through still photographs or recorded video (depending on the pair and the artform) and completes a site visit report. Much of this documentation forms the bulk of ACTA’s collection.  After the master and apprentice have concluded their apprenticeship, each completes a program evaluation form.,


SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION:
The manuscript component of the collection (artist files) contains the original application for each pair. Applications consist of contact information for the pair; background information (where and from whom each learned the traditional art, what role it plays in their lives); goals and timeline for the proposed apprenticeship, budget; supporting materials (letters of support, collateral material for some pairs such as brochure and program books).  Contractual paperwork includes the signed contract by each master and apprentice; photographic release form. Also included in the administrative files is various correspondence between the pair and ACTA staff. This primarily consists of printed emails detailing changes in the timelines, logistics for the site visit, and information about closing the contract. 

 
The moving images materials contains  mini video cassettes that are the documentation of the site visit collected by ACTA staff.  The bulk of the mini dvds document the later rounds of the program (Rounds 7-11).  Each  contains interviews with the master and apprentice in which each describes his/her background and the role of the traditional art form practiced in their lives. 

The photographic materials consist of shots pairs donated to ACTA when first awarded their contract (for use in press releases, website profiles, etc).  The bulk of the photographs were taken by ACTA staff during site visits.  Photographs depict typical lessons between the master and apprentice. Also included are headshots of each pair.  Rounds 1-6 contain printed photographs and negatives and some digital images. Rounds 7-11 contain digital images.,

ORGANIZATION OF THE COLLECTION
ACTA’s Statewide Apprenticeship Program Collection consists of eleven series. Each round corresponds with the series (Series 1: Round 1; Series 2: Round 2).  Within each series are three subseries: Subseries 1: manuscript materials; Subseries 2: moving image materials; Subseries 3: photographs
Creator and/or Contributor
Amy V. Kitchener (creator), Sherwood Chen (creator), Russell Rodriguez (creator), Mari Pongkhamsing (creator), Mary MacGregor Villareal (creator), David Roche (creator), Terry Liu (creator)
Conditions Governing Access
Contact ACTA for access information
Alliance for California Traditional Arts
1245 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 237-9812
info@actaonline.org
www.actaonline.org
Language
English (Languages)
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Related Entities:
Amy V. Kitchener (creator)
Sherwood Chen (creator)
Russell Rodriguez (creator)
Mari Pongkhamsing (creator)
Mary MacGregor Villareal (creator)
David Roche (creator)
Terry Liu (creator)

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