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Hawaii State Foundation On Culture and The Arts APRIL
April 2022

Hiring Now: Arts Program Specialist
The State of Hawaiʻi Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) has posted the APS III (Folk and Traditional Arts) position to the DHRD website. The application process can take several hours, and a limited number of applications will be accepted by DHRD. If you know someone who may be interested in applying, the recommendation is to create an account and begin the application process as soon as possible.
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“Art in the Capitol” for State Legislators
As a part of the State Legislature’s Art at the Capitol event, SFCA hosted a hands-on art making “Art in the Capitol” workshop with legislators and legislative staff. SFCA has hosted these workshops for the past few years as an opportunity for legislators to experience the high-quality arts education programs SFCA provides to Hawaiʻi public and charter school students and teachers.
This year’s workshop was “Poetic Self Portrait as Fresh Water” with SFCA Artistic Teaching Partner Laurel Nakanishi, combining image making with poetry writing.
Participants included Rep. Cedric Gates, Sen. Decoite, Sen Fevella, Sen. Keith Gil-Agaran, Sen. Sharon Moriwaki, Rep. Stacelynn Eli, Hawaii Council for the Humanities Executive Director Aiko Yamashiro and staff member Lyz Soto.
Art at the Capitol Event is scheduled for April 1, 4:00-7:00pm. The State Art Museum’s First Friday is on the same evening, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and the SFCA recommends visitors attend both events.
Laurel has a series of video lessons for the SFCA Artists in the Schools program, available online: (scroll to bottom of the page).

2022 Hawaiʻi State Legislature and the SFCA
Measures introduced in this session include requests for funding requirements for operations and capital improvement projects, funding for the SFCA Artist Fellowship Program, and funds for Iolani Palace and the Bishop Museum. SFCA leadership is meeting regularly with state legislators regarding culture and arts legislation. Read the full list of current legislative measures relating to the SFCA on the SFCA website:
Bills and hearings can be tracked online on the State Capitol website: Learn more about how to find, track, and receive email updates on bills and hearings on the Public Access Room website:

2022 State Legislature and SFCA

Artists in the Schools

“Amidst the ever-changing learning environments, we have been privileged to participate in the Artist in the Schools Program for the past seven years. Our teaching artists provided a two- week-long art residency for students in 2nd and 3rd grade. Students experienced a connected series of drama experiences that helped deepen comprehension when reading and/or listening to texts read aloud. Our mentor texts were Akua Manō o Mauna Lahilahi, Pōkaʻi and Kāneʻīlio, The Magic Whistle, and Puhinalo and the Great Fire. These mentor texts gave voice, body, and life to the stories of our Waiʻanae moku. All lessons were connected to common core standards and provided engaging activities where students worked in groups to discuss solutions to posed questions or challenges. The residency allowed for 100% participation from students versus more traditional strategies where only those eager to raise their hands participate in coming up with the answers. We look forward to continued participation in the Artist in the Schools Program in hopes of building upon the previous years’ teaching and learning.” - Kanoe Cadina, Curriculum Specialist at Kamaile Academy Public Charter School

Get the arts in your classroom! Deadline extended
The SFCA is accepting Artists in the Schools (AITS) grant applications for the 2022-2023 school year. All public and public charter schools in the State of Hawaiʻi are eligible to apply for one AITS grant per school for artist residencies to be conducted during the 2022-2023 school year. AITS grants are meant to enhance a school’s fine arts curriculum, not supplant it. Application must be completed through the GO Smart online application system at The “Intent to Apply” is due via the GO Smart online application system no later than Monday April 18, 2022 at 11:59 pm HST.

2022 Scholastic Student Art Awards

Hawaiʻi Students Receive National Medals
Thirteen artworks by Hawaiʻi students received national awards in the 2022 Scholastic Student Art Awards competition. Photos of the award-winning artworks can be viewed on the SFCA website:
View the Artworks

Honorable Mentions Exhibit at Gallery ʻIolani
An exhibit of Honorable Mention artworks from the 2022 Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Student Art Awards competition will open at Windward Community College’s Gallery ʻIolani in Kāneʻohe on April 1 and will run through May 1. Opening reception April 1, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and Sunday (closed Saturday). For more information please contact Gallery ʻIolani at telephone number (808) 236-9155.
The SFCA is the regional coordinator for the national Scholastic Art Awards competition.

2022 Poetry Out Loud

Congratulations to Tasha Kanoa, the 2022 Poetry Out Loud Hawaiʻi State Champion! Tasha is a senior at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu and will continue on to the national level championship. This year the national semifinals and finals will be held virtually.
High school students from across the state compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The SFCA and Honolulu Theatre for Youth implement this program statewide.
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Contact: Tamara Smith, telephone number 808-839-9985 x704, email address

SFCA Grantee Spotlight

American Rescue Plan Grants: Hawaiʻi Arts and Culture
An update on projects funded by the SFCA American Rescue Plan Grant for Organizations is now available in PDF on the SFCA website:

American Rescue Plan Grants Update (PDF)

SFCA in the Media
Town and Country Magazine

March 17, 2022
“The Hawaii Triennial Offers a New Way to Experience Paradise”
“Issues of Hawaii specifically are addressed throughout the triennial. At the Hawaii State Art Museum, the documentary work of video production team Joan Lander and
Puhipau (known collectively as Maka o ka ʻĀina), which addresses topics including land rights and the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, is screening alongside unreleased archival footage. Nearby, the work of Hawaiian publishing outfit ʻElepaio Press, co-founded in 1976 by brothers Richard and Mark Hamasaki, is presented in an exhibition that celebrates the beauty of printed products and calls to mind earlier eras of struggles still being waged today.” Read the full article online:
Grants and Opportunities

Native Launchpad 2022
Native Launchpad is the cornerstone program of Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP), WAA’s national initiative to create new touring and presentation opportunities for US-based Indigenous performing artists.
Four awardees will each receive direct financial and travel support, mentoring/coaching, career development and promotional benefits over three years — a package valued at $40,000.
Applications, which are open to Native performing artists residing in the US and territories, are being accepted through 5pm PT on Wednesday, April 27.
For more information and to apply, please visit the Western Arts Alliance website:

Hawaiʻi International Film Festival (HIFF) Submissions Open
Submissions are open for all Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Episodic (Series), Pacific Islander Showcase Features, Pacific Islander Showcase Shorts, Made in Hawai‘i Features, Made in Hawai‘i Shorts, XR Showcase, and Hawai‘i University Student. Deadline: May 20, 2022. For more information, please visit the HIFF website:
A longer list of Grants and Opportunities is available on the SFCA website:

Research and Resources

National Endowment for the Arts: State Level Estimates of the Arts’ Economic Value and Employment (2001-2020)
This profile features state-level estimates of arts and cultural value added, employment, and compensation derived from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), which is produced jointly by the NEA’s Office of Research & Analysis and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Commerce Department. State-level arts and cultural estimates are available for total arts and cultural production, and for the 34 ACPSA industries. On the NEA website, for each U.S. state, view an interactive map that illustrates: the amount and percentage of arts’ value- added as a share of the state’s economy; the number of workers employed by arts and cultural industries; and compensation (earnings and benefits) paid to these workers.

Go Hawaiʻi Event Calendars features event calendars for each island, listing events representing Hawaiʻi’s culture, art and music, cuisine, sports, and festivals. Find events or register to post event information for free. GoHawaii is operated by the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau, with a mission to create sustainable, diversified, travel destination demand for the Hawaiian Islands.
A longer Research and Resources list is also on the SFCA website:
Arts and Culture Research and Resources April 2022
Acquisition Award Selection Committees (AASCs) Upcoming Exhibit Visits

Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) visits continue to provide important support for artists and arts organization venues statewide. The SFCA has conducted over 20 AASC visits during the pandemic so far.
Exhibit holders invite the SFCA to send an AASC (
application form on the SFCA website), and the qualifying invitations are presented to the SFCA Board of Commissioners for approval.

The SFCA Board of Commissioners recently approved Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) visits to these exhibits:
Oʻahu - “Honolulu Printmakers 2022 Annual Juried Exhibition”, 1142 Bethel St., Honolulu. Printmaking, juried. January 14 - February 18, 2022.
Hawaiʻi Island - “Huakaʻi/Journey”, Firehouse Gallery (Waimea). Mixed media, juried. July 1 - August 31, 2022.

Approved AASC visits are also posted on the SFCA's website: Selling Your Art.
Learn more about selling your art

Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM)

April Events at the State Art Museum

First Friday, Friday April 1, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., all ages evening of live entertainment. The Hawaiʻi State Legislature’s “Art at the Capitol” event will also be happening that evening, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the State Capitol Building (directly across from the State Art Museum).
Artist Talk and Dance Performance, Wednesday April 6, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Turnaround Gallery
The Vibe Jazz Night, Friday April 8, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
HiSAM Creates: Creative Aging workshops, Saturday April 2 and 9, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; registration required:
Super Saturday, all ages family-friendly art making and live entertainment, Saturday April 16 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Aupuni Space at HiSAM, Saturday April 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Talk, publication release, and artists reception.
Paʻina Pōʻalima Hawaiian Music, all ages evening of live entertainment, Friday April 22, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Hawaiʻi Triennial exhibit tour with Drew Broderick, Fridays 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (
Hawaiʻi Triennial exhibit “Art in Conversation” interactive presentation with Lawrence Seward and guest artists, April 16, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (
Check the HiSAM website calendar for additional information:
HiSAM Calendar

Arts and Culture Calendar
This arts and culture calendar features SFCA grantees, partners, and Hawaiʻi state government programs and events. A longer version calendar is also available on the SFCA website:
Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) 2022 Hawaiʻi Steel Guitar Showcase has been planned for in-person festivals. Kauaʻi Steel Guitar Festival: March 31-April 2, 2022, Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort (Kapaʻa, Kauaʻi). Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival: July 11-16, 2022, Royal Hawaiian Center (Waikīkī, Oʻahu). For more information, please visit the HIMELE website:
Hawaiʻi State Archives, in partnership with Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation, will give a free online presentation on “The Preservation of the Nancy Bannick Collection at the Hawaiʻi State Archives on Thursday, April 7th, on Zoom. For more information, please visit the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation website:
Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu, presents free, live performances of “Peter and the Wolf” in the Mission Memorial Auditorium April 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 9th. Performances will be available in English and in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. For free tickets and more information, please visit the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra website:
University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu Kani Kūola: UH System Music Festival, Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. A combination of in-person and online events. For more information, please visit the University of Hawaiʻi News website:

SFCA Arts and Culture Calendar (April 2022)

SFCA Office
The SFCA office is open by appointment. SFCA is operating in a hybrid model of teleworking where all staff are available 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.
In accordance with Governors
Executive Order 21-07, Access to State Property, visitors to State facilities (including the No. 1 Capitol District building, which houses the SFCA offices and the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum), visitors must provide verification of being fully vaccinated, or of a COVID-19 negative test result, and must wear a mask and practice physical distancing. For details and updates on this Executive Order, please refer to the Hawaiʻi Governor website, Governor.Hawaii.Gov.

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The mission of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is 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.

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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.

The musuem is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed State and Federal Holdays. Always free admission. For pre-recorded information call 586-0900.

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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