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Hawaii State Foundation On Culture and The Arts MAY 2021 Newsletter

May 2021
The SFCA office is currently closed to the public. SFCA staff are continuing to work remotely, and can be contacted by email or telephone. If you aren’t sure who to contact, email or call (808) 586-0300 and leave a voice message, including your name and telephone number.
Hawaiʻi State Legislature
The legislature Adjourned Sine Die on April 29, 2021.
SFCA Highlights
20% reduction in SFCA general fund budget (grants).
2 vacant positions abolished (Collections Manager and Office Assistant).
Adds King Kamehameha Celebration Commission to SFCA.
Funds Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace line items through SFCA.

This year the state legislature’s Art at the Capitol event had two features: an online series of “What’s on My Wall” interviews with legislators and artists talking about the value of the arts, and a nightly projection on the exterior of the Capitol construction barrier on April 14, 15, 16. Art at the Capitol is an annual event organized by the SFCA and Senator Brian Taniguchi, chair of the committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts. This annual event highlights works of art in the Hawaiʻi State Capitol building. View all of the videos on the Art at the Capitol YouTube channel.
NEA: The American Rescue Plan and the Arts and Creative Industries

$759,500 for Hawaiʻi Culture and Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is recommending an award of $759,500 to the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) in the NEA’s first distribution of funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
Information about the method of distribution of funds by the SFCA is forthcoming. The full press release is posted on the SFCA website news page:

Read the press release on the SFCA website
SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Update
The US Small Business Association (SBA) Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal is now open. For more information, please visit the grant portal:
2021 Young Artists of Hawaiʻi Exhibit
The 2021 Young Artists of Hawaiʻi exhibit, featuring artwork by students grades K-6, will be on display at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum May 14 - June 25, 2021. View the list of award-winning students on the SFCA website: SFCA Arts Education Programs - Student Exhibitions.
Image: student Keanu Chun, Helemano Elementary School (Wahiawā, Oʻahu) holding his award-winning artwork.

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The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be taking place virtually on May 2 and May 27 at Hawaiʻi State Champion Taylor Cozloff (Kamehameha Schools Kāpalama) will be competing in the third semifinal, which begins at 12:00 p.m. Read more on the National Endowment for the Arts Website:

Read More on the NEA website
Artists in the Schools
Application deadline extended: May 9, 2021. The Artists In the Schools (Art in Public Places) Applications are currently open for the 2021-2022 school year. School educators and administrators from all state of Hawaiʻi public and public charter schools are eligible to apply in partnership with a Teaching Artist from the SFCA Artistic Teaching Partners Roster. For more information:
Image: owl paintings done by Pūʻōhala Elementary School students with Teaching Artist Meleanna Meyer.

Learn More about Artists in the Schools

SFCA Grantee Spotlight

University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Music Department
Giving back to the community is at the core of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) band program and its generosity was on full display in March 2021. With many school band programs unable to meet in person for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Hawaiʻi Bands organized the first-ever Hawaiʻi high school virtual honor band, which released two video performances. Approximately 50 students representing 24 different high schools on four islands were selected to participate in the online event. This effort is an example of UHM’s goals of Enhancing Student Success (PDF) and Excellence in Research: Advancing the Research and Creative Work Enterprise (PDF), two of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020. This event was supported in part by funding from the SFCA, through an SFCA Biennium Grant Fiscal Year 2021 awarded to the UHM Music Department. Read more in the University of Hawaiʻi News:
Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center Art Kits Program
The Hui Noʻeau art kits program has expanded beyond the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers on Maui, now sending about 50 kits to the Lānaʻi Public Library every few months. “Misty Bannister, the children’s services coordinator for Ka Hale A Ke Ola, has seen how the pandemic has affected kids—some of whom are staying in the shelter for the first time—as schools close and parents lose jobs and homes. When Bannister works on the art kits with the children, she says, they start talking about the project, then their families and eventually their feelings. “People don’t realize how big of an impact these art projects have on the kids. They’re going to remember the special time they spent making the art, even during such a traumatic time…” Read the full article, “Nurturing Keiki in Shelters Through Art: Monthly Art Kits Support the Mental Health of Children” on the Hawaiʻi Business Magazine website:
Grants and Opportunities
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): American Rescue Plan Grants
American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking is directed at experienced grantmaking organizations to administer competitive grantmaking programs to support humanities activities undertaken by organizations or individuals. Deadline to apply: May 13, 2021.
American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations emergency relief grants provide up to $500,000 to cultural organizations and educational institutions to support humanities projects across the fields of education, preservation and access, public programming, digital humanities, and scholarly research. Deadline to apply: May 14, 2021.
Learn more on the NEH website:
Volunteer to be a Peer Reviewer for Native Hawaiian Education Programming
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Native Hawaiian Education (NHE) is seeking peer reviewers to assess applications for upcoming grant competitions.Application deadline: May 22, 2021. For more information, including how to apply, please visit the NHE website:
Native Hawaiian Education Act: Community Consultation
Tell your stories of community strength and emerging opportunity for Hawaiian education in a post-COVID-19 world. The Native Hawaiian Education Act requires yearly consultation with community to gather input regarding current Native Hawaiian Education grantee programs, priorities and needs of Native Hawaiians, and other Native Hawaiian education issues as well as outcomes of the activities supported by grants awarded under the Act. Sessions in May and June are scheduled by island and by peer group. Learn more and register to attend online on the Native Hawaiian Education Council website:
Nominate an Individual or a Group for an NEA National Heritage Fellowship
To honor and preserve our nation's diverse cultural heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts annually awards up to nine National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists, inclusive of one Bess Lomax Hawes Fellowship. These fellowships recognize artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage. Deadline to submit nomination: July 30, 2021. For more information and the nomination form, please visit the NEA website:
Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) Virtual Community Presentation (Oʻahu)
HTA would like to hear input from Oahu residents to help reset, rebuild and redefine tourism through destination management.Session 1 of the Oʻahu Destination Management Action Plan Community Presentation will be held online on May 4, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Participants must reside on Oʻahu.
Register online by May 3:
Calls for Artists in Hawaiʻi
The Call for Entry (CAFE) website can be searched by state (choose the “sort by” menu on the left side of the screen). At the time of publication, five calls with deadlines from May to July 2021 were listed for the state of Hawaiʻi. Search the Café website:
Hui Noʻeau Solo Artist Exhibition Proposals
Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center on Maui is now accepting applications for artists wishing to exhibit a complete body of work in the Hui’s Solo Artist Exhibition, Spring of 2022. Applicants must be 18 years or older and reside in the state of Hawaiʻi. Application deadline: June 11, 2021. For more information, please visit the Hui Noʻeau website:
Honolulu Mayor’s Office on Culture and the Arts (MOCA) Art at Thomas Square Call for Artists
The City and County of Honolulu Commission on Culture and the Arts desires to commission two (2) temporary outdoor sculptures for Thomas Square in Honolulu. This Request for Proposals is open to all artists, or artist teams, who are residents of Hawaiʻi and are qualified to work for the City and County of Honolulu. Entry deadline: May 16, 2021. For details and to apply, please go to the Call For Entry website:
SFCA in the Media
ʻŌlelo Community Media

“Talk Story With House Majority” Season 2, Episode 7 with Representative Cedric Gates and Representative Della Au Belatti included a Community Spotlight segment on the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, including interviews with SFCA Executive Director Jonathan Johnson, SFCA Art in Public Places and HiSAM Director Karen Ewald, SFCA Art in Public Places Project Manager Kamakani Konia. In this clip, starting 6 minutes in, Rep. Gates (District 44, Waiʻanae, Makaha, Makua, Maʻili) and Kamakani discuss an award-winning artwork by Waiʻanae High School student Saianne Williams, featured in the 2021 Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit.
Honolulu Magazine (website)
April 26, 2021
Q&A: Six Questions with Hawaiʻi State Art Museum’s Katharena Rentumis
As an exhibit specialist, I work on a team of four. We are the designated art handlers, aka art preparators, of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum and Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. We steward all the artworks in the Art in Public Places program from acquisition to exhibition, installing artworks in a variety of state sites throughout the Islands and all the exhibitions at the museum. Read the full article online:
Read the full article on the Honolulu Magazine website
Acquisition Award Selection Committees (AASCs)
Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) visits continue to provide important support for artists and arts organization venues statewide. The SFCA has conducted 20 AASC visits during the pandemic so far.

The SFCA Board of Commissioners has approved Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) visits to these exhibits:
Hawaiʻi Island - “Midsummer Art Celebration, 4th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibit 2021”, Wailoa Center, Hilo. Mixed media, juried. June 4 – 30, 2021.
Hawaiʻi Island - “Eruptions and Interruptions, Hawaiʻi Artists Interpret Experiences of Living on the Edge”, Firehouse Gallery, Kamuela. Mixed media, juried. August 4 – September 26, 2021.
Maui - “O Kalani”, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Schaefer International Gallery. Kahului. Paintings and sculptures, curated. May 15 – August 29, 2021.

Approved AASC visits are also posted on the SFCA's website:
Arts and Culture Calendar
This arts and culture calendar features SFCA grantees, partners, and Hawaiʻi state government programs and events.
The State of Hawaiʻi Creative Lab Hawaiʻi is hosting a free session to explore opportunities for local singer/songwriters, composers, and lyricists to generate, collect and access digital audio royalties. Hosted by US Senator Mazie K. Hirono. May 5, 2021 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Register or learn more on the Creative Lab Hawaiʻi website:
The State of Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources documentary, “Saving Kiwikiu - Maui parrotbill on the brink”, debuted on KHON2 on Thursday, April 29th at 9:30 p.m., and will replay on Channel 2 sister station KHII on Sunday, May 2nd at 8:00 p.m. The documentary can also be watched online on the DLNR Vimeo channel:
Diamond Head Theatre offered in-person performances in March, with new safety precautions. Learn more about how Diamond Head Theatre welcomed audiences back on their website:
The Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities “Try Think: Hulihia” deep-dive community conversations for our post-pandemic futures has sessions in May and June. For additional information about conversation topics, schedule, and registration, please visit the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities website:
The Hawaiʻi Craftsmen 2021 Annual Juried Statewide Exhibition registration will open online September 1, 2021. For more information please visit the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen website:
Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) is presenting livestream online performances featuring Hawaiian steel guitar performances by popular Hawaiian steel guitar artists and NextGen keiki performers. HIMELE purpose is to educate, promote, and perpetuate Hawaiian music, Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian musical instruments. Past and upcoming performances can be viewed on the Hawaii Steel Guitar Showcase Facebook page and A Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Kanikapila is tentatively scheduled for May 15, and a Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday is scheduled for May 29, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre (HOT) presents the digital world premiere of Laura Kaminsky and Kimberley Reed’s “Hometown to the World” opera on May 21, 2021. For additional information and tickets, please visit the HOT website:
The Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) “Joyful Return” temporary installations continue in May with Regrow, opening May 15 with an unexpected, hands-on installation incorporating floral and botanical elements. Learn more on the HoMA website:
Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) continues their virtual season with a digital production of “The Tiny Tree”. Educator Members can book Virtual Field Trips and Workshops through May 2021. HTY is also working on Season 3 of “The HI Way”, in partnership with Hawaiʻi writer and playwright Lee Cataluna. For more information please visit the HTY website:
Hui Noʻeau “Heart of the Hui: Student and Faculty Showcase” exhibition is open through May 21, 2021 at the Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center. For more information, visit the Hui Noʻeau website:
King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center in partnership with Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation and Ulu Lehua Scholars Program presents a free webinar, “In Land We Trust: Establishing the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve” May 5, 2021 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Learn more on the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation website:
Kumu Kahua Theatre digitally presents “Untitled TMT Project” by Susan Soon He Stanton, June 10 – 27, 2021. Dramatizing the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope, “Untitled TMT Project” explores the intersections of sacred, science, government, capitalism, and tradition. For tickets, please visit the Kumu Kahua website:
The Living Treasures of Hawaii’s Life and Light – television special Brings together the wise sayings and teachings from five Living Treasures of Hawaiʻi honorees: Robert Cazimero, Puanani Burgess, Lillian Yajima, Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani, and Nainoa Thompson. This inspirational television special highlights what makes the Living Treasures of Hawaiʻi program unique and shares the history of this prestigious honor that is part of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaiʻi. Thursday, May 27th At 7pm on K5 and Livestream, www.HawaiiNewsNow/LivingTreasures, Sunday, May 30th At 8pm on KHNL/KGMB.
Mānoa Valley Theatre has re-opened in person performances with safety protocols. “Tiny Beautiful Things” a dramatic comedy by Cheryl Strayed, May 6 – 23. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” June 17 – 27, 2021. “Daddy Long Legs”, July 1 – 11. For more information, please visit the Mānoa Valley Theatre website:
Maui Arts and Cultural Center presents Anthony Pfluke Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. For more information please visit the Maui Arts and Cultural Center website:
Society for Kona’s Education and Art (SKEA) Kanikapila group has been meeting through Zoom video conferencing, getting together and connecting through music. For more information, please visit the SKEA website:
University of Hawaiʻi Outreach College Statewide Cultural Extension Program (SCEP) online performances and presentations by local artists, supported by funding from the SFCA. May events include storyteller Margaret Read McDonald. For more information, please visit the SCEP website:
Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM)
The Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM) and sculpture garden are open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. The restaurant and gift shop are closed.
2021 Young Artists of Hawaiʻi Exhibit
May 14 - June 25, 2021. Featuring award-winning artworks by Hawaiʻi students, grades K-6, on the them “My Culture, My Family, and Me.”
Check the HiSAM calendar for details and more upcoming events: Subscribe to the HiSAM email newsletter: (be sure to check “Hawaiʻi State Art Museum Newsletter” on the list of emails you wish to receive).
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SFCA Board of Commissioners 2021 Meeting Schedule
Four meetings have been scheduled for May 2021:
Monday 05/10, Grants & Programs Committee meeting at 9:00 a.m.
Monday 05/10, Art in Public Places Committee meeting at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday 05/19, Budget Committee meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday 05/19, General Board meeting at 10:00 a.m.
Thjs meeting schedule is also posted to the SFCA website calendar:

About the SFCA
The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) is a government agency, established by the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 1965, to promote, perpetuate, preserve and encourage culture and the arts, history and the humanities as central to the quality of life of the people of Hawai‘i. SFCA funding is provided by the State of Hawai‘i and the National Endowment for the Arts.The SFCA is administratively attached to the Department of Accounting and General Services (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Chapter 9).

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he Hawai'i State Art Museum is dedicated to presenting the largest and finest collection of works by Hawai'i artists that celebrate the diverse artistic and cultural legacy of Hawai'i.

To promote, perpetuate, preserve and encourage culture and the arts, history and the humanities as central to the quality of life of the people of Hawai`i. HSFCA funding is provided by the State of Hawai`i and the National Endowment for the Arts. The HSFCA is administratively attached to the Department of Accounting and General Services.

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The Hawai'i State Art Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For pre-recorded summary information on the museum, call (808) 586-0900. For current museum program information, call the HSFCA Art in Public Places Program at (808) 586-0305. To arrange an educational tour of the museum, call (808) 586-9958.

For information on the HSFCA; the Hawai'i State Art Museum; HSFCA grants, programs, and services; Hawai'i arts and culture events; and USA and worldwide arts opportunities, visit the HSFCA website,

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