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Hawaii State Foundation On Culture and The Arts FEBRUARY 2021 Newsletter

SFCA Telework Update
The SFCA office remains 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 HawaiiSFCA@Hawaii.Gov, or call (808) 586-0300 and leave a voice message, including your name and telephone number. 

SFCA Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2020

The FY2020 Annual Report has been released and can be read or downloaded online. This report will be available in both PDF and print.

Read more about the FY2020 Annual Report:

2021 State Legislature
Several bills were introduced this session relating to the Works of Art Special Fund, which would impact and reduce funding for SFCA programs. The current proposals would cut funding by 50% and/or by 58%. SFCA leadership and board of commissioners are working with the committee chairs and drafting positions and relevant testimony. 
To learn more about how to view hearings and participate, please visit the Hawaiʻi State Legislature website ( and read the Hawaiʻi State Legislature’s information on remote testimony: During this session, the State Capitol building will remain closed and all committee hearings will be conducted virtually.
For a list of the current bills related to the SFCA, please visit the SFCA website:

2021 Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Student Art Awards 

The Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) has announced the regional award recipients of the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Presented by the nonprofit organization the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the 98th Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. American Visions Nominees, Gold Key, and Silver Key awards will be displayed in the 2021 Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM) March 12 - April 16, 2021.
167 Hawaiʻi students from 32 schools received regional honors, including Gold Keys, Silver Keys, or American Visions & Voices nominations. View the full lists of awards on the SFCA website:
Artists in the Schools Applications

Photo: Waiahole Elementary School students in a taiko drumming residency with Chizuko Endo (2019). Photo credit: State of Hawaiʻi Department of Education.
The Artist In The Schools Applications will open February 8, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year.  
School educators and administrators from all state of Hawaiʻi public and charter schools are eligible to apply in partnership with a Teaching Artist from the SFCA Artistic Teaching Partners Roster.
There are two types of grants to apply for: the AITS General Grant and the AITS Arts in Public Places Grant. The Arts in Public Places Grant must be a residency focused on interpreting a piece of art from the SFCA Art in Public Places Collection.
This year, the maximum AITS General Grant is $7,000, with a 10% match from the school, and the maximum AITS Arts in Public Places Grant is $8,000, with no match required from the school. The application is the same for both grants.
Application deadline: April 30, 2021.
Contact: Arts Education Specialist Danica Rosengren,
For more information:  

Art Bento Applications Open

Photo: Art Bento students use the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum as a learning laboratory to learn to observe, describe, interpret and site evidence backing up the interpretation. Artworks shown are from the Art in Public Places Collection, and on display in the “In Hawaiʻi” exhibition. Kalihi Kai Elementary students with Teaching Artist Marcia Pasqua, February 2020.

Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM) is a museum education program serving Oʻahu public and charter schools grades 2-6. The program actively engages students and teachers through activities connected to current arts standards and ELA Common Core standards. There is no cost to schools to participate in the program, and funds for bus transportation are provided.
Applications are currently open.
Deadline for applications: Friday March 12, 2021.
Learn more about the program on the SFCA website:
Contact: Susan Hogan, Museum Educator. Email: Telephone: (808) 596-9958. 

Community Projects: Biennium Grants Categories Expanded

Biennium Grants 2022/2023 Grants Workshop presentation
The Biennium Grants program is open to eligible nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Hawaiʻi and supports projects that align with SFCA’s Strategic Priorities: Culture, Engagement, Education, the Arts. 
The categories have been expanded to include Community Development and Community Art and Healing. Read more about the purpose and requirements in the updated Biennium Grant 2022-2023 Grant Categories PDF.
Biennium Grant Fiscal Year 2022 “Intent to Apply” is open through Monday, March 1, 2021. Organizations planning to apply must file the Intent to Apply first. 
Biennium Grant Fiscal Year 2022 applications are open through March 31, 2021. 
Biennium Grant Fiscal Year 2023 applications will be open September 1 – October 31, 2021. 
To submit an Intent to Apply or start an application, login or create a profile in Hawaiʻi GO Smart:
Learn about Biennium Grants on the SFCA website:   
Contact: Brittany Rakowitz, Community Arts Coordinator. Email:, telephone (808) 586-0309. 
The Biennium Grants workshop in January was recorded and can be viewed online:  

National Endowment for the Arts

Guidelines and application materials for Grants for Arts Projects funding are now available on the National Endowment for the Arts' new website (

Application deadlines are
February 11 and July 8, 2021 for projects taking place beginning in 2022.

Federal Resources for Creative Community Development webinar

Tuesday, February 9, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Hawaiʻi). This free seminar will offer a curated list of federal grant programs relevant to equitable community development and the arts, along with application tips and dialogue with placemaking practitioners who have successfully tapped into public funds. Get complete session details and registration information online:  

Creative Economies and Economic Recovery
In light of the current challenges facing the U.S. economy—unprecedented in many ways—the need to better understand the role of the arts sector has never been more acute. To do so, the National Association of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) spearheaded a research effort in collaboration with Prof. Douglas S. Noonan of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Western States Arts Federation.
Read key findings, technical report, and case studies of arts-led recovery and resilience on the NASAA website:  

Impact of COVID-19 State by State

“Creativity, arts and culture are big business in Hawaii, but the unique nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing economic crisis has made the nonprofit creative sector the hardest hit sector in the country.” 
Learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on the creative economy and creative workers of each of the 50 states.

A custom Fact Sheet is available for each state on the Americans for the Arts website:
Save Our Stages

The latest update from the 
Small Business Administration (SBA) on the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program, aka Save Our Stages, is a “Frequently Asked Questions” document. It does not indicate when grant applications will start being accepted. It does contain useful guidance about information applicants should gather/prepare in advance, how an applicant can determine its “size” category, allowable expenditures and more. State Arts Agencies involvement in the “Save Our Stages” funding is limited to distribution of information. For more information: 

SFCA Grantee Spotlight
SFCA supports community projects across the state through grants to nonprofit organizations in Hawaiʻi. 

T-Shirt Theatre 
The T-Shirt Theatre documentary “Kīpuka: An Anti-Bullying Project” is currently available to view on Amazon Prime. This documentary, which addresses bullying, cyberbullying, and teen suicide prevention, was written and performed by the students (aged 13-18) at T-Shirt Theatre. Their stories, performed live in front of over 1,200 of their peers in a packed Farrington High School auditorium, are drawn from personal life experiences and are 100% original. Founded by George Kon and the late Walt Dulaney in 1985 at Farrington High School, T-Shirt Theatre has long been a kīpuka itself for many generations of students, deep in the heart of Kalihi, Oʻahu. In the story, rehearsal, and performance process, the students are taught to rehearse for life – acquiring important life skills that they will be able to apply to life beyond the stage.

Learn more about the project on the Rehearse for Life website: 

SFCA in the Community
University of Hawaiʻi-JABSOM
University of Hawaiʻi - John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has an update to their 2018 story “Artist Reunited with Painting at JABSOM She Hasn’t Seen in Ages, Just Shy of Her 101st Birthday”. Then-student Michael Fujita is now Doctor Michael Fujita, completing his residency at the University of Hawaiʻi. Minnie Fujita passed shortly after visiting her artwork at JABSOM. The painting, in the Art in Public Places Collection, is still on display at JABSOM.
“When Aunt Minnie created her art piece, she had no idea that it would one day adorn a wall of where her grand-nephew would be attending medical school. She needed to see it for herself.” Read the full story on the JABSOM website:  
Hawaiʻi State Legislature Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts (LCA)
Informational Briefing. Thursday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. Hosted by Senator Brian Taniguchi, Chair of the Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts (LCA). The purpose of the informational briefing was to receive a presentation from creative sector leaders in Hawai‘i about the importance of the creative economy to the welfare of the State of Hawai‘i. House Committee on Culture, Arts and International Affairs Rep. Cedric Gates was also in attendance as well as LCA members Sen. Stanley Chang, Sen. Kurt Fevella, Sen. Les Ihara, and SFCA Executive Director Jonathan Johnson. A recording of this hearing is available online and can be viewed on YouTube:  

Recent and Upcoming Exhibit Visits
SFCA artwork purchases are recommended by an Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) that have been invited to view a juried or curated art exhibit in the state of Hawaiʻi. The AASC is generally composed of SFCA commissioners, staff members, and visual arts consultants.

For more information on AASCs, including how to invite a committee to an exhibit, or to volunteer as a Visual Art Consultant, please visit our website. For more information about specific exhibits, please contact the exhibit host organizations.
Approved Exhibit Visits

The SFCA Board of Commissioners has approved Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) visits to these exhibits:
Hawai‘i Island - "2020 Pacific States Biennial North American Juried Print Exhibition", University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo, Hilo. Print media, juried. Originally scheduled for November 6 - December 31, 2020, this exhibit has been postponed to 2022.
Maui – “Abstractionx3”, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Schaefer International Gallery. Kahului. Paintings, curated. January 30 – April 25, 2021.
Maui - “O Kalani”, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Schaefer International Gallery. Kahului. Paintings and sculptures, curated. May 15 – August 29, 2021.
O‘ahu - "Resilience", the Honolulu Museum of Art School, Linekona Gallery, Honolulu. Ceramic, curated. Originally scheduled for September 18 - October 16, 2020, this exhibit has been postponed.
Approved AASC visits are also posted on the SFCA's website:
AASCs visited the following exhibits in January 2021
Maui - "Hui Noʻeau Annual Juried Exhibition 2021" at the Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao. Mixed media, juried. January 15 – February 19, 2021. 
O‘ahu - "Transparency in Translation", the Honolulu Museum of Art School,  Linekona Gallery, Honolulu. Watercolor and glass. Originally scheduled for October 31 - November 27, 2020, this exhibit is now virtual:  
Fiscal Year 2020 Art Acquisitions

Fiscal Year 2020 (July 2019 - June 2020) purchases, gifts, and transfers of artwork to the Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts have been posted to the SFCA website. Read more:

Arts and Culture Calendar
Creative Lab Hawaiʻi celebrates Women’s History Month with a free public panel, “Wāhine Make Movies”. March 6, 1:00 p.m. HST. Register online:
Diamond Head Theatre: February 5 – 21, “Love, Loss and What I Wore”. For more information, visit the Diamond Head Theatre website: 
Friends of the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM): The HiSAM Gift Shop, operated by the Friends of HiSAM volunteer group, is displaying new work by Herman Piʻikea Clark, Kānaka Maoli artist, educator, and business owner. Friends of HiSAM are also displaying artworks in the museum café, by emerging Kānaka Maoli artists Cory Kamehanaokalā Holt Taum, Nanea Lum, and Nālamakūkapō Ahsing. Artworks are available for sale. For more information, or to purchase artworks, please contact the Friends of HiSAM at FriendsOfHiSAM@Gmail.Com
Hawaiʻi Contemporary Art Summit: February 10-13, 2021. A multi-day event that brings together renowned keynote speakers, artists, curators, and thinkers from Hawai‘i and around the world for educational programming focused on art and ideas. A thematic precursor to the Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 (HT22), Art Summit 2021 is a series of insightful and compelling talks, performances, film screenings, and workshops that situates Hawai‘i at the center of high-caliber, global discourse around contemporary art and ideas to local and international audiences. This summit is sponsored in part by funding from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM) is serving as one of the virtual event sites. This program is free to the public. Learn more and register on the Hawaiʻi Contemporary website:  
Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities Public Humanities and Preservation & Access grants are currently open. HCF is also hosting free grants program workshops for those interested in applying for a grant. Deadline: March 5, 2021. For more information, read their December newsletter:    
Hawaiʻi Craftsmen has rescheduled their Raku Hoʻolauleʻa at Camp Mokuleʻia ceramics event to March 25 – 27, 2022. For more information, please visit the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen website:  
The Hawaiʻi State Public Library offers free access to Gale Courses, a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. Current course offerings include “Introduction to Guitar”, “Drawing for the Absolute Beginner”, and “Music Made Easy” (fundamentals of music theory). For more information, visit their website (go to the Learn tab and look under Online Classes):  
Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) presents episode 9 of Hi Way Season 2, “Energy.” Keoki and the team explore ways that we can create a sustainable future in Hawaiʻi. The team partnered with Hawaiian Electric, Ulupono Initiative, Hawaiʻi Energy, and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health for this special episode dedicated to how we can all positively impact our community. Broadcast times February 2, 4, and 6 on television posted on the HTY website:  
Kahilu Theatre live broadcast of a performance by singer Amy Hanaialiʻi on February 6, via the Kahilu.TV app. Learn more on the Kahilu TV website:  
King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center has been uploading recordings of past public programs, including “Kānāwai & Huliāmahi: Remembering Law, Community, and Land in Music”. For more information, visit their website:  
Manoa Valley Theatre “Waiting for the Host”, written to be performed remotely, will be live-streamed February 5, 6, 7, and available later as an on-demand recording. For more information, visit the MVT website:   
Maui Arts & Cultural Center recordings of 2020 performance livestreams now available on the MACC website:  
Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has announced a solicitation for the ʻAhahui grants program, which provides financial assistance to support nonprofit organizations hosting community events that align with OHA’s 2020-2035 Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan and provide significant benefits to the Hawaiian community. An orientation session is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb 10 at 8:30 a.m., with registration required 24 hours in advance. Learn more on the OHA website:  
Statewide Cultural Extension Program (SCEP) online performances and presentations by local artists, supported by funding from the SFCA. February performers include guitarist Jeff Peterson, jazz musician Lou Marini, storyteller Niall de Búrca, pianist Alpin Hong, and storyteller Jeff Gere. 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.
Check the HiSAM calendar for details and more upcoming events:
HiSAM YouTube
A new YouTube channel has been created to share museum events online. The museum will be adding HiSAM From Home videos to the new YouTube channel as well. Watch online:
HiSAM YouTube. Some HiSAM From Home videos with closed captions can also be viewed on the SFCA Vimeo channel

Choreographed by Camille Monson, excerpts from "Debris" explores the attraction and the trauma that plastic products bring to the earth, animals, and our bodies. "Debris" is one of five performances in "Transference" – a contemporary modern dance performance that explores the need to shift, transfer and respond in an ever-changing world. These dance performances were filmed in the museum grounds and galleries, with dancers responding to artwork from the Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. A collaboration between Convergence Dance Theatre, Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, and State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Upcoming Exhibits 
2021 Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Student Art Awards Exhibit: March 12 – April 16, 2021 
2021 Young Artists of Hawaiʻi Exhibit: May 14 – June 25, 2021

SFCA in the News
Honolulu Magazine
January 2021

“Teaser clips of the artists are now playing on Uniqlo’s in-store monitors at the Ala Moana Center location, giving shoppers a peek into the artists’ creative processes, latest projects and their love for HiSAM. In the videos, the performers all wear ensembles from Uniqlo, including the brand’s new collection of Jakuchu Ito shirts highlighting the Japanese artist’s lively roosters and vibrant flowers from the mid-Edo period.”
UNIQLO is a Japanese clothing retailer. 

SFCA Board of Commissioners Meetings
2021 SFCA Board of Commissioners Meetings
Wednesday March 17, 2021
Wednesday May 19, 2021

Committee meetings usually begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the general meeting at 11:00 a.m.

Unless otherwise specified, the public is invited to attend SFCA Standing Committee and Commission Meetings. Meetings and agendas are posted just prior to the meetings on the
State of Hawai‘i Calendar of Events. Select “State Foundation on Culture and the Arts” from the search menu.

In order to comply with the Sunshine Law and social distancing requirements, notice of meetings will be posted on the State of Hawaiʻi Calendar of Events seven days prior to the meeting, submission of written testimony on agendized items will be accepted and minutes of meetings will be available within 40 days after the meeting.

Learn more about the Board of Commissioners on the SFCA website: 

Job Opportunities
Job Listings
There are no SFCA job listings at this time.
Job listings are posted in our website news blog and in the monthly email newsletter (subscribe here), as well as on our social media (@hawaiisfca on Facebook, @hawaii_sfca on Instagram, and @hawaii_sfca on Twitter).
SFCA and HiSAM do not have an active internship program at this time.
Art Acquisitions and Commissions
Artwork acquisitions and commissions are done through the Art in Public Places Program. For more information: Learn About Selling Your Art.
For doing business with the state as a contractor, the State of Hawaii eProcurement (HiePro) is a system for issuing solicitations, receiving responses, and issuing notices of award. Solicitations and awards are posted and searchable. State Foundation on Culture and the Arts solicitations have included graphic design services, printing services, custom framing, artwork conservation and restoration.To find SFCA solicitations, search under Department: Accounting and General Services (the SFCA is administratively attached to the Department of Accounting and General Services).

Get Involved: Volunteer Opportunities
Help the SFCA Select Artwork
The Art in Public Places Program of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) seeks volunteers, particularly on the Neighbor Islands, with expertise and knowledge in the visual arts field to serve as Visual Arts Consultants on Art Advisory Committees and Acquisition Award Selection Committees. The role of the Art Advisory Committee is to make recommendations to the SFCA regarding the development and design of a given commissioned art project, including location, medium, distinguishing features of the artwork, and selection of the artist. The role of the Acquisition Award Selection Committees is to review and make recommendations regarding the purchase of works of art. The SFCA appoints the committee members for each exhibit visit — generally composed of SFCA commissioners, staff members, and Visual Arts Consultants. The application form is available here: Become a Visual Art Consultant.
Help Review Applications for Grant Funding
The SFCA’s grant programs are seeking Grant Review Panelists to review applications for grant funding. Do you know arts/culture professionals who may be interested in volunteering their time and expertise?
At the SFCA, we view art and cultural engagement as critical to the educational, economic, and social well-being of individuals, communities, and the state of Hawaiʻi. Panels are selected per Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules, Chapter 92, and composed of arts professionals who represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints to review applications for grant funding. An arts professional is qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/ or experience in one or more forms. All panel members serve without compensation. For more information and the application form: 

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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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.

Hawaii State Art Museum

The 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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