Alliance Receives NEA 2013 Our Town Grant for Pow Wow Hawai‘i
The National Endowment for the Arts announced today, July 17, 2013, that the Hawai‘i Arts Alliance will receive a $100,000 grant in support of Pow Wow Hawai‘i, a mural festival and arts education activities taking place in Honolulu’s industrial Kaka’ako district. More than 40 international and mainland artists will collaborate with local artists on large-scale murals in vacant and underutilized spaces throughout Kaka’ako. Local and immigrant youth will also participate in the mural creation process. The Pow Wow project is one of 59 grant awardees out of 254 applicants in 36 states. All Our Town grant awards are made to partnerships that consist of at least one non-profit organization and a local government entity. We thank the City and County of Honolulu for partnering with us for this significant project. Click here to read more….
To build creative lives and communities through education, advocacy and celebration of all the arts in Hawai'i
Preis Honors 2013 Reservations
The Board of Directors of Hawai‘i Arts Alliance invites you to join us in celebration of Allyn Bromley at the Kahala Hotel & Resort the evening of January 18, 2014, from 5:30 to 9:30. All full tables have ten seats. The top tables are named in honor of late, famous Hawai‘i printmakers. Ticket and table prices are as follows:
Huc-Mazelet Luquiens $15,000 (tax deduction $14,150) Please contact us if you would like to purchase a table at this level.
Louis Pohl $10,000 (tax deduction $ 9,150)
Joseph Feher $ 5,000 (tax deduction $ 4,150)
ARTS Angel Table $ 2,500 (tax deduction $ 1,750)
Two Seats $ 500 (tax deduction $ 350)
One Seat $ 300 (tax deduction $ 220)
Preis Honors 2013
Hawai'i Arts Alliance announces its 32nd annual Alfred Preis Honors celebration, to be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. Hawai'i printmaker and arts educator Allyn Bromley will receive the Alfred Preis Honor for her lifetime support of the arts and arts education.
Our celebration of Allyn Bromley will feature 10 printmakers and arts educators who have had a major impact on the arts and education in Hawai'i. As well, the musical talents of the Punahou Jazz Band and the Hawaii Opera Theatre Chorus will be enjoyed, and the emcee will be Leslie Wilcox, former TV news anchor and current President and CEO of PBS Hawai'i.
Allyn Bromley has lived and worked in Honolulu since the early 1950s. Although born in San Francisco, California, she considers Hawai'i her home. She earned a BFA from the University of Hawai'i, and her MFA from the University of Colorado. She has done post-graduate work at the Pratt Graphic Center in Manhattan, and at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Washington. Allyn has been an art teacher for more than twenty-six years. She retired from the University of Hawai'i in 2000 to pursue further explorations in the art of the print. Her early images were expressions of the Hawaiian landscape, extolling the beauty and brilliance of the local environment. Many of her later images express anxiety with current issues of population, indiscriminate development, and overpopulation. Her aim in addressing more sociological themes is to increase awareness that our archipelago is fragile and vulnerable, and that our future depends on sustainability of both our culture and our natural resources.
Allyn's works have been acquired by Hawai'i's most prominent art institutions; the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Honolulu Museum of Art and numerous private and corporate collections. The artwork was created in Allyn Bromley's studio, which is a small house designed by Alfred Preis in 1941. The Alfred Preis Honor is named after the founder of Hawai'i Arts Alliance. An architect in Honolulu, Alfred Preis' most noteworthy design is the iconic U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. The honor recognizes an individual who, like Mr. Preis, has demonstrated in word and action a lifetime commitment to the arts and education for the people of Hawai'i.
The Board of Directors of Hawai‘i Arts Alliance invites you to join us in celebration of Allyn Bromley at the Kahala Hotel & Resort the evening of January 18, 2014, from 5:30 to 9:30. All full tables have ten seats. The top tables are named in honor of late, famous Hawai‘i printmakers. Ticket and table prices are as follows:
Huc-Mazelet Luquiens $15,000 (tax deduction $14,150) Please contact us if you would like to purchase a table at this level. Louis Pohl $10,000 (tax deduction $ 9,150) Joseph Feher $ 5,000 (tax deduction $ 4,150) ARTS Angel Table $ 2,500 (tax deduction $ 1,750) Two Seats $ 500 (tax deduction $ 350) One Seat $ 300 (tax deduction $ 220)
PREIS Honors 2013
Allyn Bromley, Preis Honoree 2013
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance announces its 32nd annual Alfred Preis Honors event, to be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. Hawai‘i printmaker and arts educator, Allyn Bromley, will receive the Alfred Preis Honor for her lifetime support of the arts and arts education. Our celebration of Allyn Bromley will feature 10 printmakers who have had a major impact on the arts and education in Hawai‘i. The event will also showcase the musical talents of the Punahou Jazz Band and the Hawai‘i Opera Theatre Chorus, and the emcee will be Leslie Wilcox, former TV news anchor and current President and CEO of PBS Hawaii. Read more...
The Board of Directors of Hawaii Arts Alliance invites you to join us in celebration of Allyn Bromley at the Kahala Hotel & Resort the evening of January 18, 2014, from 5:30 to 9:30. For reservations, please click here.
Arts Are Science At Work!
ARTS FIRST Institute 2013
Elementary teachers discovered the similarities between artistic and scientific processes at the 2013 ARTS FIRST Institute: The Arts Are Science At Work!
Participants first experienced and then learned how to facilitate arts strategies to engage their students in understanding science concepts. Please view the video below to enjoy some of the highlights!
Hawai`i Arts Alliance co-presented this event with Hawai`i Department of Education and the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Donate Now to Hawai‘i Arts Alliance Through Give Aloha!
September is Give Aloha month at Foodland/Sack N Save! Please designate Hawai‘i Arts Alliance (#77048) as the charity of your choice!
Your support is crucial to our work and much appreciated!
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.
POW WOW HAWAI‘I is pleased to present a unique art inspired event, Blank Canvas, Saturday October 6, 2012 from 6pm-10pm at The Warehouse. The event will showcase local and international artist, exceptional food, amazing signature drinks, passionate entertainment, a large art based Silent Auction and a live art installation. POW WOW HAWAI‘I is a gathering of contemporary artist committed to community enrichment through the creation of art outreach programs, educational programs and engaging the community in the creation and appreciation of art. All profits from this event will go towards funding the enrichment programs POW WOW HAWAI‘I has planned for 2012-2013.
POW WOW HAWAI‘I creating art, promoting self-expression, fostering cultural awareness and cultivating community pride. Join us!
Sketch Art Ticket - Individual Ticket Price $125(Charitable Tax Deduction $110) Mural Art Ticket - Table of 10 Price $2,000(Charitable Tax Deduction $1,850) Installation Art Ticket - Premium Table of 10 Price $5,000(Charitable Tax Deduction $4,850) ❍ Non-Attending Full Charitable Tax Deduction to Hawai‘i Arts Alliance for Pow Wow Hawai‘i
Non-Attending donors receive Full Charitable Tax Deduction for the entire amount of their gift.
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education
Network, and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Tax I.D. #99-0211535
The Arts Education Field Guide
Americans for the Arts has published The Arts Education Field Guide . The Arts Education Field Guide illuminates the complexity of citizens, policymakers, government entities, and organizations that influence arts education from the schoolhouse to the White House and from the living room to the boardroom.
2012 Cooke Foundation Beautification Awards
The Cooke Foundation will present three $5,000 awards, to be given to one elementary school, one middle school and one high school, who have completed projects that beautify their school environment and add significantly to the overall appearance and ambiance of their school. All public schools, including charter schools, in the state are eligible to apply.
The following criteria are required for nominees:
• Significant improvement in the school’s appearance through better landscaping and/or improvement in the appearance of a school’s buildings, through such things as children’s artwork, murals, and gardens;
• Participation by students, parents and faculty. May also include participation by outside organizations, including businesses; and
• A maintenance plan for the beautification project must be developed and must also involve participation by the school community and/or outside organizations.
Nomination forms can be obtained through the Cooke Foundation website at www.cookefdn.org. Nominations must be submitted to the Cooke Foundation, c/o the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813, by September 4, 2012.
Wear Your Support for the ARTS!
Wear your ARTS! This special one-year membership includes a t-shirt. Hawai‘i Arts Alliance teamed up with Honolulu's Blank Canvas to produce these awesome shirts featuring our beautiful logo designed by Clarence Lee! Choose from two designs - Wrapped Logo or traditional Pocket Logo. Mens, Womens and long-sleeved options available. You will look great while supporting the ARTS plus a portion of each order is tax-deductible. These tees are white and printed right here in Hawai‘i. Choose from the following options:
Mens Short Sleeve 100% cotton 5.5 oz medium weight - $20.00
Mens Long Sleeve 100% Cotton, 6.0 oz medium weight - $25.00
Womens Short Sleeve 100% cotton lightweight fitted shirts - $20.00
How to Submit Testimony to the City Council
Below please find instructions for speaker registration and submitting written testimony:
-Prior to the Day of the Meeting
Persons wishing to testify on the above-mentioned public hearing items may register by:
a. Using the On-Line City Council Speaker Registration form available at http://www.honolulu.gov/council/attnspkph.htm;
b. Sending a fax to 768-3826 indicating your desire to register to speak, along with your name, phone number and subject matter;
c. Filling out the registration form in person; or
d. Calling 768-3830.
-On-site on the Day of the Meeting
Registration on-site for the above mentioned public hearing items will be from 7:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Persons who have not registered early to testify by the deadline will be given an opportunity to present oral testimony on an item following the registered speakers by raising their hand at the time additional speakers are called upon.
Each speaker shall not have anyone else read their statement and limited to a three-minute presentation.
If you wish to submit written testimony:
a. fax to 768-3826 or
b. go to http://www.honolulu.gov/council/emailph.htm to email your written testimony.
15 copies are requested if written testimony is submitted on-site.
By submitting written testimonies, you are not automatically registered to speak. Refer to “Speaker Registration” procedures above.
If submitted, written testimonies, including the testifier’s address, email address and phone number may be posted by the City Clerk and available to the public on the City’s DocuShare Website.
Copies of the Bills, Resolution and any amendments thereto are available at the City Clerk’s Office, Room 203, Honolulu Hale, or on-line at http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare.
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN SY 2013-2014
Hawai`i Arts Alliance is accepting applications from Oahu public and charter elementary schools for school year 2013-2014. See below to download the informational flyer, application instructions and form. The applications are due Friday, March 8, 2013.
The Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts' Art Bento Program @ HiSAM is a standards-based museum education program, especially developed for Grades 2-6 grade students and their teachers. The theme, “Responding to Art”, is supported by an introductory professional development session for teachers. The unique four-part museum experience emphasizes fine arts literacy and is led by qualified teaching artists from HSFCA’s Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) roster.
There is no cost to schools to participate in the program. In addition, the program also provides funds for bus transportation to the museum.
Comments from teachers participating in this year’s program –
I also wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the Art Bento program and all of the staff. It has been a wonderful experience so far and I truly believe that learning to respond to art has helped my students with their critical thinking and performance in all areas. I have benefitted as a teacher in how I pose questions to students and the ways that I integrate the arts. It has been such an amazing learning opportunity for the students and myself!
My second graders went home and critiqued an art object at home (painting, sculpture, etc.) and used the vocabulary they learned (elements of art AND principles of design.) They did such a good job even their parents were impressed. Thank you for choosing our school to be a part of this program!
Watching how Mimi got my students to fully express themselves through movement was a sight to behold. I have many shy individuals and they really got out of their shells. They also were genuinely interested and fascinated by the pieces of art as evidenced by the questions they posed to their guide.
Students were able to apply the new vocabulary in their discussions. They know how to apply the ODI [observe, describe, interpret] process. During our pre-visit observation they had only been introduced to the art elements but learning and higher thinking took place during our visit as well as our post visit.
I really like the Observe, Describe, and Interpret strategy because it is open-ended and generates lively discussion in the classroom. It also develops more critical thinking skills. My students learned to appreciate art more, and they definitely were able to increase their knowledge of art. Their vocabulary was especially enriched by learning the elements of arts and principles of design.
The Art Bento Program met my expectations for student learning by providing different ways for students to show appreciation and understanding of art. The professional development was great because it provided a model of how I could guide my students in their observation, description, and evaluation of art. This was the most interesting aspect of this program. My students loved doing art responses. Everyone had something to say about the different pieces. Initially, I didn't expect such enthusiasm.
Pa’ipa’ilima “To acknowledge and applaud important events”
AGGRO-culture–October 1-28, 2010
There is no denying that agriculture is front and center in the World’s eye these days. Driven mainly by population growth, increased demand, economies and grass root movements, a spark of regional awareness and concern has come to light. Four Hawai’i based artists with ties to the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island will explore the themes of sustainability, environmental impact, and local food production through a variety of media and methodology. Using approaches ranging from collage, printmaking, photography, painting, sound, video and sculptural installation, the artists will explore such topics as GMO’s, local farm commerce, plantation history, and native ecosystems, responding and reflecting on issues that are of both regional and global concern.
Margo Ray will construct an installation inspired by Hawaiian ranching history, culture and the structures that exist there, including water tanks, corrals, barbwire fences and cattle troughs. Primarily built in the 1920'-60's these represent the unique Hawaiian ranching culture of the Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) that is disappearing quick as multinational companies drive cattle prices lower and lower. This project expresses nostalgia for open spaces, and working with plants and animals as opposed to hotels and restaurants.
Ray is a printmaker, installation and book artist from the Big Island of Hawai’i. She holds an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and a BA in Studio Arts from University of Hawaii at Hilo. She currently has an exhibition at the Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center and has previously shown her work throughout the state of Hawaii as well as venues such as the Parisian Laundry in Montreal, Quebec and Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Scott S. Yoell’s sculpture takes on the repackaging of the natural world by genetically modified foods, and contends that agricultural practices that seek to maximize yields at the cost of the complex ecological relationships that make our agriculture sustainable are in fact, “anti-natural.” His video piece explores an abandoned, rusted and broken wind-farm on the Big Island and raises paradoxical environmental questions. Still images in the video landscape function as a point of tension between stillness and moving forward in such precarious times.
Yoell uses both traditional and electronic media with a BFA from the University of Windsor, Canada, and a MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland. His upcoming exhibitions include Videoholica 2010 International Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria and the The Contemporary Museum's Biennial of Hawaii Artists.
Sally Lundburg’s work explores human connections and collisions with the native landscape. Her initial research included hiking in both the Hakalau National Forest and Kalopa State Park, and gathering history and imagery from the local community. Utilizing scientific facts, harvested koa wood, cultural myths, archival photos, film and sound… the resulting work takes form in paintings, sculptural installation and video.
Lundburg is a mixed-media artist who holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree from The San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited in San Francisco at such venues as Southern Exposure, Quotidian Gallery, and the New Nothing Cinema. She has also won several international film awards for her documentary film One Winter Story.
Native Hawaiian artist Keith Tallett conveys a personal interpretation of our cultural relationship to the land. His research for this show has involved an extended period of gathering information, images and organic material from the land around where he lives and Hawaiian popular culture. His work explores the blurred lines that define authenticity, where the merging of contemporary culture with that of the natural world becomes a metaphor for native–verses–nonnative through photography, paintings, and sculptural installation.
Tallett is a mixed media artist born and raised in Hilo, on the Big Island. Keith has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He has exhibited at such venues as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles, and Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York.
Visit margoray.com, scottyoell.com, sallylundburg.com, and keithtallett.com for more information.
Honolulu Culture & Arts District
Honolulu Culture & Arts District (HCAD) was established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2001 to achieve an aesthetic, social and economic renaissance in The Arts District by creating an 18-hour district that is a popular center for the arts, entertainment and dining out. The organization works towards its mission by promoting the area, developing special events and assisting area landowners to rehabilitate their properties.
Ed Korybski 808.398.7990, ekorybski.hcad [at] gmail.com http://www.artsdistricthonolulu.com/index.html
Cherry Blossom Cabaret
Cherry Blossom Cabaret (CBC) is Hawaii's Premier Burlesque Revue. Seductive, provocative and at times outlandish, CBC is your ticket to a surreal and exotic adventure that will captivate from beginning to end. The ladies do more than shimmy and shake out of their costumes; they also dance act and sing, while incorporating what they do best: Tease. Those who see CBC perform will be amazed by the group’s diverse jaw-dropping repertoire. The Honolulu based cabaret has various influences ranging from vaudeville style theatre, b-grade horror and science fiction, film noir, kitsch, historical and political satire, comedic sketches fused with an eclectic array of music and of course the classy yet sassy art of tease!
Also, check out their new burlesque classes being held at The ARTS at Marks Garage: The Academy of Tease. Burlesque Basics and Burlesque Fusion, two separate CBC classes running 3-weeks each, with a new focus every month. Check out their website for more information.
An arts strategy is a process that can be applied to different content in a variety of ways to achieve specific learning objectives.
The dance and drama strategies described below were used in the Hawai`i Arts Alliance's Arts & Literacy for All (ALA) Project, funded by a 2006-2010 US Department of Education Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant. The ALA Project focused on the effects of the arts strategies on students' reading comprehension. These strategies were implemented by teachers from all grade levels in four elementary schools.
Teachers used four primary arts strategies to enhance reading comprehension and vocabulary instruction -
3. Expressive Movement
4. Observe, Describe, Interpret and Evaluate
Many Arts as Tools activities - Mirrors, Echo and Domino - were also taught and used in the ALA Project.
Before using any of the strategies, students are first introduced to the concepts of personal space and freeze.
Space Bubble helps students define their personal space and how they should move safely in and through space.
The concept of freeze is a basic skill that all students should know and practice. Students should be able to respond quickly to the "freeze" prompt. Move and Freeze is a strategy that can be done in place or through space.
Move & Freeze: A Definition
Move & Freeze: Shapes
Move & Freeze: Different Movements
Move and Freeze can be used with music - moving while the music plays and freezing when the music stops.
Move & Freeze: With Music
Zookeeper is a drama version of move and freeze. It is more literal with the students pretending to be animals and the teacher in role as the zookeeper.
Snapshot is a quick individual frozen body shape. It challenges students to think quickly and creatively yet requires control and focus. This strategy can be used to explore many ideas such as emotion, actions and vocabulary.
Snapshot: Definition and Process
Snapshot: Exploring Emotions
Snapshot: Exploring Occupations
Tableau is a frozen image with two or more people that represents an idea, theme or specific parts of a story. A tableau requires a period of planning time within the group unlike the snapshot which is quickly improvised.
Expressive movement represents ideas that can be literal or abstract. It consists of -
- body shapes
- sequences of shapes
- sequences of movements
It can be done individually, in partners, in groups of three or more.
Expressive Movement: Different Ideas
Arts as Tools
Use the ARTS AS TOOLS to energize the classroom, spark thinking, and create classroom community. These tools can be adapted to any grade level and used at any time.
Deb Brzoska, National Arts Assessment Specialist, explains how the arts as tools promote active learning.
The Flow State
The arts as tools can put students in the flow zone, an optimal learning state. As proposed by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, flow is full immersion and focus of awareness on the activity at hand.
Arts as Tools Overview
Think of the arts as tools to help students observe details, recognize and form patterns, and represent different ideas.
Nonverbal communication Shape Face Walk
Representing a strong character through the shape of one's body and facial expression can be done without talking. Arts in the classroom offer accessibility to students who may not be proficient in the English language.
The following collection of hands-on exercises can be dowloaded as a pdf in Arts as Tools
In Magic Box, the teacher and students pass around an imaginary box from which they each remove an imaginary object that is defined by how they use the object.
During Mirrors, students imitate movement at the same time as the teacher or leader.
Symmetrical Border Design
Students create designs using lines, shapes and colors in Symmetrical Border Design.
In the Echo dance and drama strategies students repeat rhythm, movements and sound after the leader.
Echo: Body Percussion
Echo Do What I Do, Say What I Say
Students imitate movement in Character Mirrors at the same time as the teacher or leader. The teacher/leader pantomimes different types of characters.
Melodic Quick Draw
In Melodic Quick Draw, music stimulates thoughts and memories as students become more fluid in their thoughts through quick drawing.
Hui Panala‘au–December 15, 2009-January 16, 2010
Hui Panala'au, a Bishop Museum designed exhibit, that explores the occupation of isolated Pacific Islands in the years preceding World War II, will be on display at The ARTS at Marks Garage beginning Thursday, December 15th and ending January 16, 2010. The exhibit, which received a national award of commendation from the American Association for State and
Local History in 2003, was originally displayed at Bishop Museum in 2002 and has been traveling throughout the state.
Hui Panala'au tells the story of 130 young men - many recent graduates of Kamehameha Schools - who were sent to occupy Howland, Baker, and Jarvis Islands from 1935 to 1942. While on the Islands, the young men were expected to undertake various activities with few resources and in total isolation. They collected specimens for Bishop Museum; mapped the islands; cultivated coconuts and vegetables; and prepared a landing field for Amelia Earhart, who was expected to make Howland Island one of her last stops on her round-the-world flight. Through it all, they endured rats, sharks, and ultimately, enemy fire. The exhibit shares many of these stories in the colonists own words, as well as through photographs, log books, drawings, maps and artifacts.
On Saturday, January 16, 2010, at 7 pm , there will be a special screening of the recently completed Panal? 'au documentary "Under a Jarvis Moon." The 1 hour video was developed by Bishop Museum with support from Kamehameha Schools and the Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations program. Says Bishop Museum project manager, "This film is a treasure because it features interviews with colonists, many of whom have since passed on. Yet it is also so very relevant today - because it is about what our nation asks of our young people and the sacrifices they and their families have made. But even more importantly, it also asks - when all else is stripped away - on a desert island thousands of miles from home - what makes us who we are?
comPRESS–October 13-November 21, 2009
Hawaii artists explore Community, Communication, & Print. A reaction to the expansion of electronic communication & the demise of newspapers & printed media by Honolulu Printmakers, the oldest printmaking organization in the U.S.
Each piece in this exhibition of multi-media works incorporates printmaking in their production and explores themes of historic & contemporary communication.
Each artist has been asked to respond to the following three subjects: 1. Community – How do individual and group identity determine community? Is community a sum of those things that bind us together, set us apart; perhaps a little of both? How do these relationships alter & determine modes & methods of communication? 2. Communication – Artwork must address at least one chosen form of interpersonal communication, from smoke signals, body language, tattoo, and fashion, to the written, typed, and transmitted word. Content may range from personal to public, local to global, routine to rare, and current & late-breaking to long-standing. 3. Print – All works of art must involve some form of printmaking in the creation process, meaning an impression is made from a print matrix. (traditional, digital, installation, print-video hybrid, photo, photo copy, zine, sculpture formed in a mold, etc.)
Participants are invited artists who live or once lived in Hawaii: Alan Konishi, Vince Hazen, Duncan Dempster, Allison Uttley, Robert Molyneux, Erika Johnson Molyneux, Gallyn, Sonny Ganaden, Jared Wickware, Margo Ray, Scott Groeniger, Dieter Runge, Lian Lederman, Gaye Chan, Bebba Vamvounakis, Deborah Nehmad, Cassandra Jackson, Kim Chai, Jackie Mild-Lau, Matthew Ortiz, Eric Beyer, Thomas Wasson, Paul Faber, Ariana Kaneakua, Charles Cohan
Opening Reception: First Friday, November 6, from 5–9pm
Third Thursday: October 15 & November 19, 6–8pm. Artist talk and gallery tour. Hear the back-story to the work, & enjoy a small reception
About the Honolulu Printmakers: comPRESS is presented by the Honolulu Printmakers in collaboration with The ARTS at Marks Garage. The Honolulu Printmakers is a non-profit organization which promotes the appreciation and understanding of printmaking and print production. As the oldest printmaking organization in the United States, the Honolulu Printmakers provide the Oahu population with educational programming & outreach, a community-access printmaking studio, limited print editions, and a critically acclaimed annual exhibition.
Special thanks to The Andy Warhol Foundation for their support.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11am–6pm; admission is FREE. Also, ½ hour prior to evening performances & public events.
Slow News International
Big picture issues sent slow-mail…Scrolls from artists around the world.
Presented by BROADTHINKING Curatorial Project, New York City and The ARTS at Marks Garage, Honolulu. This exhibit is designed to be the antithesis of instant messaging, celebrate Community, and beat the high costs of shipping art to and from Hawaii.
Featuring artists from New York, Tokyo, London, Berlin and across the United States.
In the age of Instant This & That, the Scroll is an ancient, portable means to disseminate information as old as human-kind. Artists will report on what’s going on in their communities...something they have been thinking about for a while and won't be out of date before it gets here. As newspapers and magazines face possible extinction worldwide, this show is a challenge to our present perception of the printed word and image.
Artists were allowed to use whatever materials & style suits their News. Or whatever media works best for their definition of community; be it neighbors or people with similar interests. Text, figurative, painting, photos, digital… There were no rules beyond the format: a 3-foot-wide scroll, as long as it fits in a standard mailing tube.
Our geographic isolation makes it exceedingly rare that we can afford to import artwork. By limiting shipping expenses to a 3-foot mailing tube, we are able to pay for return shipping, to any place on planet earth…thanks to a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation.
Receptions: First Fridays, September 4, and October 2, 5–9pm
Artist Talk: Third Thursday, September 17, 6–7pm. If you can join us, please do; we’ll have a gallery tour, hear the back-story to the work, & enjoy a small reception.
Big Mahalos to Peggy Cyphers of BROADTHINKING Curatorial Project & Daniel Rosen over in Japan for being instrumental in making this exhibition a success.
Hawaii Glass Artists 7th Annual Exhibition–July 28-August 29, 2009
Marks presents Hawaii Glass Artists 7th Annual Exhibition featuring Hawaii’s best glass artists from throughout the state. From blown to stained, lamp-worked to fused, HGA "struts their stuff" in this years show.
Artists Exhibiting: Ben Burton, Edward Clark, Richard Duggan, Gordon Eder, Kelly Habecker, Hillary Heckard, Derek Hostetler, Hugh Jenkins, Michael Edward Jones, Lauren Adelman, Rick Mills, Mark Mitsuda, Alan Ness, Mark Nowicki, Bud Spindt, Stephanie Ross, Kazuki Takizawa, Emily Thomas, James Wong, Daniel Wooddell, & Trevor Wright.
Hawaii Glass Artists accepts work from each island of Hawaii and in all different formats: from functional martini sets to decorative bobbles, from cast figurative work to assembled pieces of found beach glass. All glass art disciplines are encouraged to participate in the exhibition: hot-worked, cold-worked, lamp-worked, fused, and stained glass. All pieces are original designs and created within the last two years.
The installation of glass shows is typically bright and minimal. There are not a lot of wall pieces demanding barrier walls. The objects are placed throughout the space on pedestals, and make for a handsome play of lights and color. A huge amount of natural (and un-natural) light pours into Marks through it's curved 75 foot wall of picture windows making this exhibit a crowd pleasing attraction for it’s aesthetic appeal and one of the best looking shows all year.
The combination of physical dexterity and teamwork makes glass blowing a great spectator sport. The First Friday demonstration is one of our most exciting and popular events of the year. There is something about molten glass (liquid that should be solid?) that make this a stellar attraction. Hundreds of reveling spectators line up around the 2,000 degree furnace on the corner of Nuuanu and Pauahi Streets to watch the action. That's what sharing the arts with the community is all about.
First Friday, August 7, 5–9pm, FREE Glass blowing demonstration, live music, and a no-host bar benefiting The ARTS at Marks Garage.
Third Thursday, August 20, 6–7:30pm, FREE Informal artist talk with small reception. Insightful back stories on motivation and technique from Hawaii Glass artists for art lovers and people who want to stay and play downtown after work.
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance honors educators who support arts in the classroom
Every year Hawai‘i Arts Alliance is hosts “ARTS FIRST Honors” – to applaud teachers who have completed professional development in the arts in the previous two years. For every 32 hours of coursework accomplished in this two year period, teachers earn a Certificate of Study Award.
DOE teachers from across the State who earn professional development credit in the arts are invited to this special reception with education administrators, and other special guests. This year, on May 2, 2009, Pat Hamamoto, Superindendent, Hawai‘i State Department of Education, presented the accomplished educators with their study award certificates. Keynote presentation was delivered by Iggy Jang, Concert Master for The Honolulu Symphony.
This was the third annual event hosted by the Hawai‘i Arts Alliance in an effort to recognize our DOE teachers for their central role in the lives of our youth, and their persistence to keep the arts in the classroom against funding shortfalls, and other lack of resources.
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance, in partnership with Hawai‘i Department of Education, and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, has been offering summer institutes since 1995 and professional development workshops in the arts since 2001 as part of ARTS FIRST. These classes are aligned with Hawai‘i Content and Performance Standards and include creating, performing/exhibiting, and responding to art.
ARTS FIRST formally came into existence when the Hawai`i State Legislature enacted ACT 80/99 in 1999. The enabling legislation named the arts as a core subject in Hawai`i prior to a national mandate. It also called for Hawai`i’s major stakeholders in arts education to revise the State’s Fine Arts standards and develop a strategic plan. In 2001, ACT 306/01 was passed into law formally naming the ARTS FIRST Partners and mandating the implementation of the strategic plan.
The ARTS FIRST Partners are State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawai‘i Arts Alliance, Hawai‘i Department of Education, Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools, University of Hawai‘i College of Education, and University of Hawai‘i College of Arts & Humanities. The vision of the ARTS FIRST Partners is Arts for Every Child.
Click on the picture below to see the ARTS FIRST Honors Educators 2009 gallery!
Pan-Pacific Nation–March 3-28, 2009
A selection of contemporary Pacific Island art from Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawai‘i,
New Zealand, Nuie, Samoa & Tonga.
Maile Andrade, Leanne Lupelele Clayton, Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu, Leilani Kake,
Lily Laita, Nanette Lela‘ulu, Janet Lili, Carl F.K. Pao, Siliga David Setoga,
Ema Tavola, Angela Tiatia, Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi
The participating artists in this show were asked to respond to the complexities, contradictions, and power dynamics at stake in the notion of a “pan pacific.” Their pieces ask what it means to think about the affinities and unities of Oceania. What did it mean in the 1880s when Kalakaua initiated his call for a Pacific Island Federation? What did it mean in 1976, when Albert Wendt called for a “New Oceania” in the journal Mana, or when Epeli Hau’ofa wrote “Our Sea of Islands” in 1994? And what does it mean, given our current political, economic, environmental, and cultural seascape, at the present moment?
The pieces included in the show offer multilayered responses. They celebrate a continued and hopeful identification of Pacific Island peoples that share a strong genealogical history and geographic kinship, while also offering ambivalent considerations that uncover the subtle and specific localized histories involved in any strategic collective social identification.
The show explores these issues with a range of media that evoke the confluence of customary Pacific island visual culture with new technologies. Filipe Tohi (born in Tonga, and now living in New Zealand) has contributed one of his paintings based on lalava patterns. His geometric designs refer to a shared Oceanic lashing technology that made migration and trade possible. They act as metaphors for Polynesian expansion and unification. Native Hawaiian artist Maile Andrade’s metal woven sculpture will address the complicated dynamics of Kalakaua’s Pan Pacific Federation. Samoan artist Angela Tiatia will be showing her silent, slow motion, single shot video, See, 2008, which depicts the mouth and eye of a Pacific woman’s body as an allegorical site of exploration and exploitation.
Panel Discussion on the current state of Contemporary Pacific Art: The ARTS at Marks Garage, March 4th, 6pm: The panel includes Ema Tavola and Leilani Kake, and Giles Peterson. Ema Tavola, Leilani Kake, and Giles Peterson hail from South Auckland, NZ. Ema Tavola is a visual artist and curator of the Fresh Gallery Otara as the Pacific Arts for Manukau City. Leilani Kake is an independent artist. Giles Peterson teaches at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.
Special thanks to Jaimey Hamilton, Healoha Johnston, & Jeff Sanner
This exhibition was supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation
Pan-Pacific Nation Essay, written by Jaimey Hamilton, Assistant Professor at The University of Hawaii in Manoa.
This essay will be featured in the Pan-Pacific Nation Catalog, available soon.
Susan Middleton Artist Talk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2009
Artist Talk with Susan Middleton, Thursday January 29 at 7pm, FREE at The ARTS at Marks Garage a project of the Hawai‘i Arts Alliance. Join us for a gallery tour of Archipelago & Remains Of The Rainbow where Susan will share her insights into how these photographs came to be. Please join us for some wine, cheese and insight. Special thanks to The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. Sponsored in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation.
Archipelago & Remains Of The Rainbow thru January 31, 09
Land & sea portraits of plants and animals by legendary fine art photographers & award winning environmentalists David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton. Images from the main & Northwestern Hawaiian islands together for the first time. David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton have been photographing endangered animals and plants since 1986. Their collaborative work has appeared in REMAINS OF A RAINBOW: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawai’i (National Geographic Books, 2001), WITNESS: Endangered Species of North America (Chronicle Books, 1994), and HERE TODAY: Portraits of Our Vanishing Species (Chronicle Books, 1991). Their work was the subject of “America’s Endangered Species: Don’t Say Goodbye,” an Emmy Award–winning National Geographic television special, and they were the joint recipients of a Bay & Paul Foundations Biodiversity Leadership Award. Middleton’s and Liittschwager’s photographs have been exhibited and published throughout the world, both in fine art and natural history contexts.
Books and prints available.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm.
The ARTS at Marks Garage
1159 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 96817
The ARTS at Marks Garage is the key community project of the Hawai‘i Arts Alliance. This collaborative gallery, performance and office space for businesses and non-profit organizations is working to transform downtown Honolulu with the power of the arts.
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance is a Member of the
Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network.
Archipelago and Remains of a Rainbow - Dec. 5, 2008 - Jan. 31, 2009
Land & sea portraits of plants and animals by legendary fine art photographers & award winning environmentalists David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton. Images from the main & Northwestern Hawaiian Islands together for the first time.
Land & sea portraits of plants and animals by legendary fine art photographers & award winning environmentalists David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton. Images from the main & Northwestern Hawaiian Islands together for the first time. David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton have been photographing endangered animals and plants since 1986. Their collaborative work has appeared in REMAINS OF A RAINBOW: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawai‘i (National Geographic Books, 2001), WITNESS: Endangered Species of North America (Chronicle Books, 1994), and HERE TODAY: Portraits of Our Vanishing Species (Chronicle Books, 1991). Their work was the subject of “America’s Endangered Species: Don’t Say Goodbye,” an Emmy Award–winning National Geographic television special, and they were the joint recipients of a Bay & Paul Foundations Biodiversity Leadership Award. Middleton’s and Liittschwager’s photographs have been exhibited and published throughout the world, both in fine art and natural history contexts.
Special thanks to Susan Middleton, David Liittschwager and The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii
PA‘I Foundation, organized in 2001, is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian cultural traditions for future generations with the goal establishing a Hawaiian cultural center on O‘ahu to better serve the broader Hawaiian community. Current projects of PA‘I Foundation include MAMo: Maoli Arts Month, a celebration of native Hawaiian artists, the annual Hapa Haole Hula & Music Festival and Ho‘oulu, a program held in conjunction with the Harvard University Native American Program to promote educational opportunities in the biomedical field for Native Hawaiian youth.
Vicky Holt Takamine, Executive Director, Ryan I. “Kaha‘i‘ōlelo” Sueoka, Operations Manager,
Youth Speaks Hawai`i
Tim Bostock Productions
Tim Bostock Productions promotes international theater, dance, circus and music in Honolulu and across Hawaii, from such diverse places as New Zealand, Russia, Ireland, Australia and New York. The company has also directed the Hawaii Arts Season for the Hawaii Tourism Authority (gohawaii.com/arts). Tim Bostock is also President of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth.
Smashbox is an independent theatrical production company focused on stage combat, improvisation and commedia dell'arte. Past Smashbox shows include the original commedias "Guano dell'Amore (Birdcrap of Love)" and "Duck, Duck, Scrooge: A Commedia Christmas Carol" and local playwright Eric Yokomori's "Down" and Tony Pisculli's "Double Above the Knee." Currently, Smashbox presents improv comedy with On The Spot the first Saturday of every month at The ARTS at Marks Garage. Smashbox also offers instruction in stage combat, improv and commedia dell'arte.
Hawai`i Watercolor Society
Hawai‘i Watercolor Society promotes the advancement and appreciation of watercolor paintings through programs, workshops, competitive exhibits, and educational presentations.
Hawai`i Shakespeare Festival
The Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival produces three Shakespeare plays each year during its brief summer season, typically late July to early August. The Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival strives for contemporary relevance and accessibility in its productions. UPCOMING SEASON - 2010: Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, Henry VI
Hawai‘i Craftsmen has provided exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and workshops that draw between 1,500 and 10,000 participants. Hawai‘i Craftsmen serves working artists and has been instrumental in creating public appreciation, perception, and awareness of the visual arts throughout our state.
Hawai`i Arts Alliance
The ARTS at Marks Garage is a key community program of Hawai‘i Alliance for Arts Education. Founded in 1980 as a private non-profit the Alliance champion all arts - dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The Alliance is the Hawai‘i member of the national Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, a major program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Statewide membership includes more than 100 organizations and 400 individuals who support the mission and vision of the Alliance.
There’s usually something! The Alliance Awards, a gallery opening reception, a Nuuanu Street festival, a holiday party, facility upkeep projects (painting, repairing, etc.), First Friday in the Park art teacher assistant, organize our image collection, etc. Day, time and skills/ability depend on project.
Handy with tools? Got a strong back? Not clumsy? Like to work in a casual fun environment? Join us as we take down and install exhibits about every thirty days. We work with all sorts of artists and all sorts of artwork. This is an opportunity to learn more about our local working artists and their work.
use tools, painting, climb ladder, lifting, hammering, etc.
Be the smiling face that greets our customers; on the phone become an expert on parking options and driving routes; enjoy the current gallery exhibition and if you’re lucky make a sale! Meet all kinds of interesting people.
11a.m.-2:30pm or 2:30-6p.m.
Ability to either do many things at once or amuse yourself during the down times; not afraid of telephones or people.
First Fridays are a wonderful achievement. The streets fill with people and the galleries are a nonstop parade of an amazing cross section of our community.
EVERY First Friday of the month
4:30 to 7:00 p.m. or 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Must be able to stand throughout shift, not adverse to crowds
casual comfortable clothing
Gallery attendants to keep an eye on the art, food and beverage meisters, clicker (we count every body that comes through our door), reception desk (assist purchasers, provide information to visitors, process sales).
Gallery Walk Maps
Gallery Walk Maps are FREE and available at participating galleries and supporting businesses in the area.
http://www.artsdistricthonolulu.com offers more information on the many neighborhood restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other businesses and events that offer special activities in conjunction with First Friday, Honolulu.
(we are on the corner of Nuuanu and Pauahi Streets)
From West (Leeward): Take H1 headed east; Vineyard exit; right on Nuuanu
From East: Take H1 headed west; Vineyard exit; left on Nuuanu
From Windward: Take Pali Hwy towards Honolulu; right on Vineyard; left on Nuuanu
From UH/Waikiki: Take Beretania St; left on Nuuanu
From Ala Moana: Take Ala Moana Blvd headed west; right on Bethel; left on Beretania; right on Nuuanu
Routes from Waikiki:
Routed from Ala Moana:
6, 19, 20, 40A, 42, 43, 52, 53, 54, 62
Freedom First The 5th Annual GiRL FeST Gallery - Oct. 21 - Nov. 22, 2008
Artists address how social conventions, personal abuses, underground crime, gender roles, physical disability, ego, or other potential mental, intellectual, spiritual, or physical restriction prohibits women and girls from FREEDOM and liberty and how these women and girls deal, survive, overcome, or are still caught up in these situations.
This year's gallery hosts 19 established and emerging local, Kanaka Maoli, Maori, and continental artists including: China Tamblyn, Hiria Anderson, Kim Kinard, Bianca Mills, Nikki Stevens, Tara Gumapac, Kirsten Rae Simonsen, Kate Chapin, Katie Kamelamela, Cherise Takiguchi, Donna Sarten, Claire Mosteller, Barbara Perrine Chu, Henriata Nicholas, Makanani Parker, Kris Goto, Kimberly Ruchaber, Willow Harfleet, and Roberta Oaks.
Click HERE to download the full report or HERE for a quick look at the numbers. The Hawai‘i portion of the national study (facilitiated by Americans for the Arts) evaluated the impact of spending by nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences on their local economies. ART Works! Mahalo to the wonderful nonprofit participants who made this study possible!
This report offers a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in Hawai‘i. The Alliance serves as Hawai‘i’s “state captain” to the national arts advocacy group, Americans for the Arts, and received this latest data about our creative industries. If you would like to have reports specific to your district, please call us for a copy at (808) 533-2787.
The Alliance is looking for a new Associate Director! Click HERE for more information.
We are gathering and sharing information about how Federal and State legislation will affect the arts community. Subscribe to join the E-arts community!
Arts Education eCenter
Visit the eCenter for the latest applications for the Arts in the Schools and Arts Excellence Schools programs. Both programs have cash awards for the selected schools!
Applications are now posted for the 2011 ARTS FIRST Institute. Please click on "Arts Education," "Educators," and "Professional Development" for forms and information.
ARTS License Plates
Invest in Imagination
Links - Just For Fun
Enjoy this video by Teaching Artist Michael Wall - just wonderful!
The ARTS FIRST Essential Arts Toolkit: Hawai‘i Fine Arts Grade Level Guide for the K-5 Classroom Teacher, 2nd edition is a unique document designed for use by elementary classroom teachers. Scarcity of instructional time and the pressures of an already crowded curriculum necessitate an approach to the arts as an integral part of elementary classroom learning.
This Toolkit is a supplement to the Hawai‘i Department of Education's Arts Instructional Guide and facilitates student achievement of the Hawai‘i Content and Performance Standards III. At each grade, the Toolkit provides framework charts to link the arts to other core areas, sample lessons, assessment tasks, instructional strategies, and resources. Teachers are encouraged to integrate key arts concepts with other content areas.
Educators, teaching artists, and parents may download the Toolkit here as pdf files.
The Arts Education eCenter is a comprehensive guide to arts education statewide.
The eCenter is a resource that provides information for and about Hawai`I’s Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP);
opportunities in professional development, links to our statewide artist registry,
and updates on advancements in research and curriculum development.
Click on the links to the left to find out more.
reports (Creative Industry Studies)
Follow Arts policy on a national level by clicking on the Americans for the Arts logo. If you are a member of the creative community, we encourage you to sign up with Dun & Bradstreet through the Americans for the Arts website as part of their "sign up and be counted" campaign.
Latest arts related news in Hawai`i
Hawai`i Creative Industries - An Economic Picture
This Hawai`i Creative Industries report offers a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in Hawai‘i. The Alliance serves as Hawai‘i’s “state captain” to the national arts advocacy group, Americans for the Arts, and received this latest data about our creative industries.
If you would like to have reports specific to your district, please call us for a copy
at (808) 533-2787.
Hawai`i Arts Alliance ARTS Survey
In order for the Hawai`i Arts Alliance to be your voice for th arts, we would like
to hear from you about your arts experience and areas of interest. Please take a moment to answer a few questions about the work of the Alliance by downloading and filling out the attached survey.
Critical Evidence: How the ARTS Benefit Student Achievement
Written by Sandra S. Ruppert
Hawai'i Arts Alliance is building creative lives and communities through education, advocacy and celebration of all arts in Hawai'i.
Research show us that motivation to learn, to stay in school and seek advanced education is significantly increased with a complete education that includes the arts. We cannot underestimate the power of the arts to transform lives. The Alliance advocates for arts education not just because there are impressive statistics about raising test scores or increasing earning power, but because when the arts become integral in all our lives, we are changed fundamentally
Teaching the arts
Ensuring that all the arts are a central part of the education of every child
Building community through the arts
Using the arts to improve the quality of life and create opportunities for positive growth, especially within disenfranchised communities.
Promoting the arts
Speaking out about the importance of the arts, demonstrating the value of the arts, and expanding access for all to a rich array of arts.
Hawai`i Arts Alliance is the DBA for the Hawai`i Alliance for Arts Education
The ARTS at Marks Garage welcomes volunteers and interns! If you are interested in volunteering for any of the positions listed below, or if you would like to provide additional volunteer support, please download and complete the Volunteer Application Form to list your interests and skills, and submit via fax or mail. Contact us at (808) 521-2903 with questions.
First Friday Honolulu
Downtown-Chinatown Gallery Walk. A FREE self-guided tour every first Friday of the month from 5 to 9pm. Area galleries and studios present rotating art exhibitions, entertainment and refreshments for an evening celebrating artists, art and art making of all kinds.
Created in 2003, First Friday is widely credited with making profound changes on the cultural, social and economic landscape of Honolulu. This monthly event draws tens of thousands of people to Downtown-Chinatown each year, either introducing or re-introducing them to this unique community.
The ARTS at Marks Garage (Marks) was founded in 2001 as a result of a City and County Resolution that provided seed funds to establish an incubator arts enterprise program. Marks is a community project that demonstrates culture and the arts are economically viable and are essential to the vitality and quality of life in the community. The ARTS at Marks Garage, a collaborative neighborhood-based arts center, is a key player in the emerging Honolulu Culture & Arts District, which is working to create an aesthetic, social and economic renaissance in historic downtown Honolulu.
The ARTS at Marks Garage is a project of the Hawai‘i Alliance for Arts Education. Hawai‘i Alliance for Arts Education was founded in 1980 as a private non-profit to champion all arts - dance, music, theatre, visual arts. The Alliance is the Hawai‘i member of the national Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, a major program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Statewide membership includes more than 100 organizations and 400 individuals who support the mission and vision of the Alliance.
Marks current occupant partners include 8 performing and 4 visual arts organizations and businesses. These partners are the Hawaii Watercolor Society, Hawai‘i Craftsmen, Pacific Handcrafters Guild, PHG Foundation, The Lizard Loft, Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts, Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, Meader Arts, Orig Media, LLC, Smash Box Productions Tim Bostock Productions and Upside-down Dance. These partners offer diverse resources and work closely with surrounding neighbors to serve the community, to create a synergy of economic opportunities, to honor the cultural diversity and to improve the social infrastructure.
During 2003, there were 91 arts events that featured 798 artists, performers and organizations as well as 50 educational outreach programs. These events are co-sponsored by the following entities: Marks partners, independent artists, curators and directors, nonprofit visual and performing arts organizations and K-12 schools throughout the state. Visual art programs include large and small group shows, children’s programs, and Hawai‘i artists’ exhibits, including emerging and established artists. The performing arts include poetry readings, cabaret, dance, improvisation, film and song. Over the year, we noticed that there has been a steady increase in visitors/audience from an average of 1,400 per month to almost 1,964 per month. As an arts incubator, the venue has provided previously unavailable opportunities for emerging artists to further their careers and meet new artistic challenges. Gross revenue from the arts programs at Marks was almost $75,000. Marks continues to receive limited support from City and State Government, local and national foundations and corporations and individuals.
Marks is currently building a model program exemplifying how culture and the arts can help transform lives and build community. Our neighborhood census and police data indicate major incidences of drug abuse, gang violence and racial tension among the diverse ethnic groups. The children and their families need tools and skills to build bridges within the diverse cultures of this urban environment as well as avenues to connect to the larger community in surrounding environs. The arts provide some of the most accessible tools to achieve success. The ‘Ohana Arts Side-by-Side program includes master artists who offer lecture demonstrations and hands-on activities for the housing residents. These lessons are followed by field trips to museums, galleries, theatres and arts performances, not normally accessible to this population. Working with many in the community to develop these programs will ensure their appropriateness and effectiveness. Marks has received much support for the development of this educational and community building program.
The ARTS at Marks Garage
1159 Nu`uanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817-5121