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UC Merced Chancellor’s Task Force on Community Engaged Scholarship. Weaving Traditional Arts Into the Fabric of Community Health . Amy Kitchener Executive Director, ACTA Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine Director, Center for Reducing Health Disparities
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Weaving Traditional Arts Into the Fabric of Community Health
Executive Director, ACTA
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
Director, Center for Reducing Health Disparities
UC Davis School of Medicine
December 2, 2011
“to ensure California’s future holds California’s past”
ACTA promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by providing advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists and their communities.
African American quilt making Japanese bonsai Western saddle making Karuk dip net fishing Chinese qin music Kumeyaay sacred songs Cowboy poetry Laotian dance Hmong wedding and funeral ritual singing Indian carnatic music Hungarian six-hole fipple flute Mexican mariachi music Mechoopda Maidu dance regalia Hawaiian kahiko hula chant and dance Mono basketry Pilipino rondalla ensembles Portuguese fado singing South Indian bharata natyam dance Mexican-American corridos Vietnamese cai luong opera Chinese qin music Persian tar music Cuban Orisha-Lucumi music North Indian kathak dance Maguindanao kulintang music Ohlone basketry Mexican cartonería Korean seal carving Western boot making Hmong qeej music Okinawan dance Cambodian pin peat music Armenian marash embroidery Mexican son huasteco music Cahuilla bird singing Persian santour music Tibetan folk dance Afro-Cuban bata drumming Hmong reverse appliqué embroidery Lao weaving Mexican son jarocho music Scottish Highland bagpipe music Chinese dizi music Filipino eskrima Puerto Rican bomba music and dance Judeo-Arabic music Chinese Kunqu opera Armenian oud music Karuk basketry Yurok hand-carved dugout redwood canoes Brazilian capoeira Pomo baby cradle making Arab derbakeh music Mexican Día de los Muertos altars Hungarian folk dance Senegalese music and dance Japanese shamisen music Danza Azteca regalia Romani music and dance Ghanaian drumming Mexican ballet folklorico African American gospel choirs Trinidadian Carnival costumes, music and dance Somali women’s oral poetry
William Vega, et al -- Ethel Alderette, Ralph Catalano, Bohdan Kolody, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Jorge Caraveo-Anduaga
Vega, Kolody, Aguilar-Gaxiola et al., Archives of General Psychiatry, 1998
“We have known for a long time that community engagement in traditional arts has many types of positive effects that relate to individual and community health…we wanted to find a way to move beyond a series of individual anecdotes shared with the ACTA staff to a more formal evaluation process that could begin to quantify some of the important effects, particularly the connection between community-based traditional arts and health.”
Amy Kitchener, 2011
ACTA, by engaging people in the traditional art forms of their cultures, fosters in them a sense of community, cultural pride, and personal achievement that improves their sense of well-being and may ultimately benefit their health, as individuals and as members of a community.A Bold Premise
“The very practice of an art form, with its focus on concentration and self-improvement, may provide a welcome distraction from illness and a satisfying sense of accomplishment.”
DOMAINS OF HEALTH EFFECTS:
The Living Cultures Grants Program and the Apprenticeship Program were conducted in two phases: Initial and Culminating.
UC Davis researchers conducted interviews of 23 participants from 6 Living Cultures Programs:
“Afro-Haitian dance feeds my spirit and continues to make my warrior spirit shine and whatever I can do to prolong that, which is studying directly with Haitian masters, I’m there and I am so grateful for this dance form…I can’t explain like how blessed I feel…”
“I will be teaching 15 Native Americans [basket making] … and it is paid through the Indian health clinics. They see art as healing. This last class I just did…was specifically geared for diabetics, for people who were bad diabetics.”
--Master H Pomo Native American Basket MakerHealth and Well-Being (AP)
“…For the health of the children, good health, mental, physical, , health of the children. To bring spirituality, to bring structure, to bring discipline…to feel good about the ethnicity…to be proud of who they are. To have a cultural identity, to feel this is me. I am happy to be who I am”