ACTA brings more than 20 years of experience working closely with cultural communities and 组织 across California and nationally. We collaborate with partners and clients in 的 areas of cultural asset mapping, 节目设计和策划, 研究与评价, 技术援助, 和更多的.

Direct consulting and collaboration inquiries to 执行董事艾米·基奇纳 at

We use an asset-based approach to engage with communities that recognizes 的ir inherent strengths, 重视他们的智慧, and prioritizes 的ir self-identified needs. We have worked for a wide range of partners and funders to accomplish this work including grantmakers, 地方政府机构, 非营利组织, 艺术服务机构, 艺术表演和场地, 学术研究人员, 还有其他咨询师.

Every consulting engagement is customized.

We collaborate with each of our clients to tailor our approach to 的ir unique needs and context. While much of our work has been in California, we are increasingly working with clients from around 的 country to implement successful strategies and programs in 的ir local communities. 

We have a particular expertise in 的 following services:


Adiba Fannana interviewing musician Umney Hossain at Bangladesh Academy of 洛杉矶 as part of a cultural asset mapping project. 照片:Jeny Amaya.

ACTA可以识别, 支持, and mobilize existing cultural resources within a community in order to achieve a shared vision of collective well-being. We’ve developed a participatory method of engagement to create maps of 的 people, 的地方, 组织, 事件, characteristics and ideas that serve as vital resources to a community. Many clients find this work to be a valuable first step engaging with a new community of color or historically marginalized community, in order to better understand and build relationships with community members. 

目前和以前的客户包括加州养老, City of 洛杉矶 Department of Cultural Affairs, 18街艺术中心,和 三角洲地区管理局 in 的 eight-状态 region surrounding 的 lower Mississippi river. 

Program development and curation, capacity building, 以及技术援助

ACTA leads a Grassroots Fundraising workshop for 的 加州艺术委员会.

We can provide training and guidance to individual 组织 as well as cohorts of grantees around leadership development, 筹款, 怎样编写, 通信, 财务可持续性, 项目管理, 文化公平. Our staff excel at developing or curating curricula and delivering workshops, 在线研讨会, 促进讨论, 以及高管培训. We are particularly adept at creating productive learning environments for small and mid-sized 组织 and leaders of color and those rooted in historically marginalized communities. 

目前和以前的客户包括史密森民间艺术节, ArtChangeUS社区领导计划加州艺术委员会

Ethnographic research and qualitative 评价

ACTA staff documenting 的 work of master Bulgarian/Romani musician Rumen Shopov in Berkeley, CA.

我们可以设计, conduct and/or advise on 研究与评价 studies that incorporate observation of, 和/或相互作用, a target population in 的ir own environment. Our staff includes trained ethnographers and evaluators with a deep and nuanced understanding of how to engage with communities in a sensitive, 非剥削性, 授权方式. Clients often bring ACTA to 的 table when researching culturally-specific communities. 

目前和以前的客户包括WolfBrown 咨询公司和 詹姆斯·欧文基金会.  


We have many staff members available to share 的ir expertise and lead consulting engagements, 包括:

艾米厨师 co-founded ACTA and brings 20+ years of experience as a public folklorist to lead asset mapping projects, 人种学研究设计, 以及领导力发展. 艾米的学位是M.A. 在民间传说 & 加州大学洛杉矶分校的神话.


绿咬鹃弗洛 is a longtime cultural organizer who leads projects that center traditional arts methodologies in 的 pursuit of social cohesion and wellbeing.


詹妮弗·乔伊·詹姆森 is a program manager and media director with a Master’s in folk studies who leads program development and curation as well as 技术援助 engagements.


莉莉Kharrazi holds an Master’s in Dance Ethnology and contributes her decades-long experience in program design and implementation, 评价, 以及技术援助.


贝蒂马林 is a program coordinator and language-justice advocate with an M.F.A. in Social Practice who leads Cultural Asset Mapping projects around community health. 


什维塔萨拉斯瓦特 拥有Ph值.D. in Culture and Performance and specializes in multimedia storytelling focusing on cultural production among diasporic communities.


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We are open to short term and longer-term/multi-year consulting engagements and happy to collaborate with our clients on joint grant proposals or fee-for-service contracts.

If you are interested in hiring ACTA for a potential consulting engagement, please contact 执行董事艾米·基奇纳 at

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Learn about ACTA's core programs which provide funding and 支持 to artists and 组织 across California, as well as our consulting and collaboration opportunities that serve 的 traditional arts field at 的 local, 状态, 国家层面.


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