Immediate Press Release

Contact:  Shelley Kim

shelley@carmamedia.com

Ph: 619-789-1811

Date: June 11, 2018

Asian Culture & Media Alliance (ACMA), Awarded California Arts Council

“Cultural Pathways” Grant

State funds support arts programs rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, or tribal groups

San Diego, CA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $14,000 to Asian Culture & Media Alliance (ACMA) as part of its Cultural Pathways program.

The Cultural Pathways program is rooted in the California Arts Council’s commitment to serving the needs of an increasingly demographically complex California, and the belief that a healthy arts ecosystem reflects contributions from all of California’s diverse populations. The program provides two years of operating support and a host of technical assistance and professional development activities to small, new and emerging organizations rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal or indigenous groups.

Asian Culture and Media Alliance or ACMA was founded in 2013 by TV personality Cathlyn Choi to create awareness for the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities through Media Arts, specifically Television, Film and Online Media. “We are honored to receive this grant from California Arts Council. I believe that by working alongside with the State of California, we can achieve an even greater goal of providing a stronger voice and greater cultural representation in media for our Asian Pacific American community.” said Cathlyn Choi, Founder and Executive Director of ACMA.

Asian Culture and Media Alliance is one of 56 grantees chosen for the Cultural Pathways program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council.

“California’s cultural diversity is its greatest creative asset,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “We are proud to support the work of Asian Culture and Media Alliance in celebration of that unique and cherished identity.”

To view a complete listing of all Cultural Pathways grantees, visit http://arts.ca.gov/programs/files/FY1718_ProjectDescriptions_CP.pdf.

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The mission of Asian Culture and Media Alliance (ACMA) is to create a voice of unity, awareness and empowerment for the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities through Media Arts, specifically Television, Film and Online Media. ACMA’s core media programs include Asian Voices TV show, Asian Pacific Community Connection online directory and TAKE ONE Digital Media Internship Program.  Visit www.acmasocal.org to learn more.

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.