To build creative lives and communities through education, advocacy and celebration of all the arts in Hawai‘i

STEAM Hawai‘i 2014

Igniting Curiosity and Creativity: Connecting Science & Arts

ARTS FIRST Institute 2014, Igniting Curiosity and Creativity: Connecting Science and Arts, took place on June 10-13, 2014 at Aiea Elementary School. 69 teachers, 7 teaching artists, 5 Interns attended the 5-day institute. Dr. Jamie Simpson Steele and Dr. Lori Fulton, both Assistant Professors with the College of Education, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, presented the morning sessions demonstrating and actively engaging participants in understanding the connections between the arts, science and engineering processes. Afternoon studio sessions were led by master teaching artists Mauli Ola Cook in dance, Daniel Kelin II in drama, Michael Wall in music, and Marcia Pasqua in visual arts. Presenters taught the elements, vocabulary, and specific strategies in these art forms that were integrated with science concepts/curriculum.

View highlights from our 2014 Institute!

PREIS Honors 2014

Henry Akina, Preis Honoree 2014

Hawai‘i Arts Alliance announces its 33rd annual Alfred Preis Honors celebration, to be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Halekulani. Artistic Director of Hawai‘i Opera Theater, Henry Akina, will receive the Alfred Preis Honor for his lifetime support of the arts and arts education in Hawai‘i. Former Preis Honorees, Beebe Freitas and Jean E. Rolles are Honorary Co-Chairs.

Henry Akina is the first Hawaiian-born Artistic Director of Hawai‘i Opera Theatre (HOT) and has served since 1996. He was the principal Stage Director and Manager of the Berlin Chamber Opera, a company he founded in 1981. Mr. Akina has directed opera for companies in Germany, Hungary, France, China, Thailand, Canada, and the continental U.S. At HOT, he has staged the Hawai‘i premieres of Macbeth, Elektra, Tristan and Isolde, Don Carlo, Die Walkure, the Mahagonny Song Play and highly acclaimed productions of Madam Butterfly, Tosca, and the Tales of Hoffman. Mr. Akina was educated at Punahou School, Tufts University, and The Free University of Berlin. Mr. Akina founded the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio at HOT to provide training and performance experiences to young artists. He was honored by Opera America in 2006 for his first ten years of service to HOT and by the National Society of Arts and Letters.

Arts Advocacy Day 2014

Mission Complete! Alliance CEO Marilyn Cristofori, along with Chair Elect Colleen Blacktin and Associate Director Aaron Kibota, met with Hawai‘i Senators and Congresswomen on March 25 to brief them on the status of the arts in our state. More than 500 arts advocates met on Capitol Hill to ask for increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and arts education on behalf of nonprofit arts organizations and artists across the country. We are proud of our legislators who all endorsed a funding level of $154.466 million in the FY15 Interior Appropriations bill to support the NEA's core mission to bring the arts to every American.

With Senator Hirono, holding her ceramic work of art, Dango.

POW! WOW! Hawai‘i

TED Talk by Kamea Hadar

POW! WOW! Hawai‘i is a gathering of contemporary artists to engage with the broader community in the process and creation of art. In the annual event, local artists interact with artists from around the world at various sites around Honolulu to create art and transform neighborhoods, altering conceptions of contemporary art in an urban environment. POW! WOW! Hawai‘i has also created an art school with over 45 students, developed a music program for children, facilitated panel discussions at the University of Hawai‘i and built a 5,200 sq. foot creative space.

Kamea Hadar, lead director of POW! WOW! Hawai‘i, is featured in this recent TED Talk. Kamea is the youngest board member of the Hawai‘i Arts Alliance.

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