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Hawaii State Foundation On Culture and The Arts SEPTEMBER 2022

SFCA Arts Education Programs

2023 Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Student Art Awards
Call for student artists: the 2023 Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition opens September 1, 2022 on the website. All Hawaiʻi students grades 7-12 (ages 13+) are eligible, and entry fees are covered by the SFCA. Please help us get the word out about this competition, especially to Neighbor Island public and charter schools! Winning entries will be displayed in the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (dates to be announced), with top entries continuing on to the national level Scholastic Art Awards competition. Additional information, virtual tour, and photos from the 2022 exhibit at the State Art Museum are on the SFCA website:

Call for Student Artists K-12 Closes November 4
Call for student artists! Hawaiʻi students K-12 are invited to enter the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation "Inspired in Hawaiʻi: Acts of Kindness" 2022 essay, poster, digital media poster and video contest. Entries must be received by Friday, November 4, 2022, 11:00 a.m. For contest information and to enter, please visit

SFCA is partnering with the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation by providing judges for the competition.

Poetry Out Loud 2023
Get ready for Poetry Out Loud 2023! The 2022-2023 teachers guides are now available at Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry ­ recitation and performance. The program is open to all high school students and builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English classroom. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self­-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

The National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation partner with state arts agencies to bring the Poetry Out Loud program and dynamic recitation contest to all 50 states and the US territories.
Each participating teacher/school/organization receives access to free multimedia curriculum materials – a poetry anthology, teachers’ guide, lesson plan ideas, and comprehensive website all aligned to national standards – augmenting their regular curriculum with poetry recitation and a local-level competition. Local-level recitation champions compete to advance to the state and then national levels.

Stay tuned for more details on this year’s program or email Tamara Smith with Honolulu Theatre for Youth for more information (

Art Bento on Hiatus
After many years of successfully administering the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum's Art Bento museum education program, we will be evaluating and restructuring the program during the 2023 Fiscal Year. During this time we will be interviewing all of those involved, including teachers, teaching artists, administrators and students. Our goal is to offer a museum education program that is more inclusive, expanding beyond Oʻahu to better engage students statewide. For those schools who are interested in coming to the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum this year, we will be offering school visits for the School Year 22/23. Please contact for more details.

SFCA Grants Spotlight
“Ke Kauā O Ka Lāhui: The Life of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole
A new play by Hawaiian author and playwright Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, “Ke Kauā O Ka Lāhui: The Life of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole” will premiere this month at Iolani Palace. Kneubuhl received a $7,225 SFCA American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant for this play. Outdoor performances 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., September 4, 5, 10, and 11. Reservations are required: Additional Hawaiian History Month celebrations include a digital media event series, supported in part by the SFCA. For more information, visit

“Passing Notes: The Kohala Ephemera Project”
Mark “Boots” Lupenui, “PASSING NOTES: The Kohala Ephemera Project.” Kahilu Theatre Gallery July 21 to August 28, 2022. For the project, Mark identified instrumental members of the Kohala community and created portraits of each person on paper which was given by the individuals themselves. Everyone was asked to provide a piece of original paper that represented their contribution to the community. For example, Hawaiian sailing canoe master navigator Chadd ʻŌnohi Paishon gave Mark some vintage maps he used in his training. Paishon has been a crew member on the Hōkuleʻa and is currently co-leader and Senior Captain of Nā Kālai Waʻa, facilitating educational programs about voyaging history and culture and mentoring students.

Grants and Opportunities

A longer list of federal government, state government, and other arts and culture grants/opportunities (including calls for artists) is on the SFCA website: Grants and Opportunities (September 2022). Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization listed with the opportunity. Inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement.

September 2022 Grants and Opportunities Highlights
Chinatown Arts District “Heart of Honolulu” Family-Friendly Art Festival
October 8, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. If you are an artist or crafter interested in renting a booth space, please email
City and County of Honolulu Office of Economic Revitalization: Hawaiʻi Small Business Fair at Leeward Community College, September 17Saturday, September 17, 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Free day of workshops and classes to help local business adapt to the emerging post-COVID economy. There will be workshops on online selling and social media marketing, finding access to working capital, trademark, and intellectual property protections, how to manage a staff, and more. Register for a free ticket on Eventbrite: Hawaii Small Business Fair 2022.
Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities Call for New Board Members Open Through October 15Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities is currently accepting applications for community leaders interested in joining our Board of Directors—an energetic and creative governing body committed to the humanities in Hawaiʻi. We are particularly interested in strengthening leadership in the following areas to help us grow as an organization: Maui, Hawaiʻi Island, and Molokaʻi humanities and community work, media and storytelling, K-12 humanities education, legal expertise, government/civic leadership, local business leaders. Ages 21 and up are welcome. For more information, please read the HI Humanities August newsletter:
NEA Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects FY2024
Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English.
Application closes January 12, 2023.
NEA Webinar on GSA’s Art in Architecture Program and Upcoming Artist Commissions Series
The National Endowment for the Arts is hosting an informational webinar about the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Art in Architecture program and upcoming opportunities in New York and New England on Tuesday, September 13, at 1 pm ET. The Art in Architecture Program oversees the commissioning of artworks for federal buildings nationwide. Additional webinars are scheduled for the Upper Midwest, Southwest, and Pacific Northwest. For more information and to register, please visit the NEA website:
NEH Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations
This program supports collaborative teams who are editing, annotating, and translating foundational humanities texts that are vital to scholarship but are currently inaccessible or only available in inadequate editions or translations. Typically, the texts are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but works in other humanities fields may also be the subject of an edition.
Applications close November 30, 2022. For more information, please visit the NEH website:

Calls for Artists in Hawaiʻi
Art Kauaʻi 2022: Entry day Saturday September 10, 2022. For more information, please visit the Kauaʻi Society of Artists (KSA) website:
Plein Air Perspectives 2022: The 3rd Annual Hawaiʻi Statewide Jury Exhibition, sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Island Art Alliance and open to all Hawaiʻi based artists. Entry deadline 9/16/2022. Additional information posted at
Hawaii Nei Art Exhibition 2022: All media juried exhibition celebrating the native flora and fauna of Hawaiʻi Island. Open only to Hawaiʻi Island artists. Entry deadline 10/14/22. Additional information posted at

The Call for Entry (CAFE) website can be searched by state (choose the “sort by” menu on the left side of the screen). Search the Café website:
Grants and Opportunities (September 2022)

Get Ready for the 2023 Hawaiʻi State Legislature Grant-In-Aid
Get ready for the Hawaiʻi State Legislature 2023 Chapter 42F (Grant-in-Aid)! The Grant-in-Aid application period typically opens in early January and closes shortly after the legislative session begins in late January. Review the 2022 GIA information at to prepare (please note that instructions may change). For example, organizations will need a Certificate of Good Standing from the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), which may take a few weeks to receive (learn more about how to request a Certificate of Good Standing on the DCCA website: Grant awards and applications are also posted with the 2022 GIA information.

There are two types of grants: Operating and Capital Improvement Project (CIP) grants. Generally, Operating grants are for an organization’s program expenses and CIP grants are for construction projects. The Legislature decides who is awarded a grant, the type of grant, the award amount, what the funds can be used for, and which state department will administer said award. Please contact the House Committee on Finance staff (808/586-6200) or Senate Committee on Ways and Means staff (808/586-6800) if you have questions.

SFCA Biennium Grants applications close October 30
SFCA Biennium Grants: application for 2024 and 2025 cycles open September 1 – October 30, 2022. Applications open to eligible Hawaiʻi arts and culture nonprofit organizations that have filed the Intent to Apply. Visit the SFCA grant portal,, or contact Brittany Rakowitz, Community Arts Coordinator, at or (808) 586-0309. ⁠

Biennium Grants support projects designed to promote, perpetuate, and preserve culture and the arts in Hawaiʻi.⁠ Grant categories are Heritage/Preservation; Community Arts, Community Development, Arts and Healing; Arts Education; and Presentation/Performing Arts. Grants amounts are $5,000, $10,000, and $15,000.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) - Artists in the Workforce: National and State Estimates for 2015-2019. This Arts Data Profile gives national and state-level estimates of artists in the workforce. The figures derive from American Community Survey (ACS) data covering 2015-2019. The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. State-level estimates are available for the total number of artists and for each individual type of artist (workers in any of 13 specific artist occupations). Explore the U.S. data on the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) website:
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – Research Briefs. This trio of reports is meant partly to support a broader movement among arts and cultural funders and organizations to examine issues of access and equity within the larger sector. To this end, the trio stands on a key plank of the NEA’s five‐year agenda: to monitor the state of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the arts.
Research Brief #1, Artists in the Workforce: Selected Demographic Characteristics Prior to COVID-19 (PDF)
Research Brief #2, State Locations of Artists, by Race and Ethnicity: 2015-2019 (PDF)
Research Brief #3, Arts Managers by Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: 2015-2019 (PDF)
He Ukana Aloha Kā Kīlauea webinar series that acknowledges and celebrates the leadership accomplishments of regional aliʻi through historical accounts, stories, and song from the ten UH campuses. The He Ukana Aloha Kā Kīlauea series is presented by the Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao Committee at the University of Hawaiʻi.

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.

Go Hawaiʻi Event Calendars

SFCA Art in Public Places Program

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 Board of Commissioners recently approved Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) visits to these exhibits:
Oʻahu - “Hawaiʻi Watercolor Society 2022 Open Exhibition”. Downtown Art Center (Honolulu). Watercolor, juried. August 2 - 22, 2022.
Maui - “Malama Wao Akua”, Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center (Makawao). Mixed media, juried. September 9 - November , 2022.
Kauaʻi - “Art Kauai 2022”. KSA Gallery (Līhuʻe). Mixed media, juried. September 17 - October 28, 2022.
Oʻahu - “Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition 2022”. Downtown Art Center (Honolulu), and Maui Arts and Cultural Center (Kahului). Mixed media, juried. September 17 - October 16, 2022 (Honolulu) and
Oʻahu - “Flashpoint”. Downtown Art Center (Honolulu). Mixed media, juried. October 29 - November 11, 2022.
Oʻahu - “Lure of the Local(e)”, Aupuni Space (Honolulu). Photography and sculpture, curated. October 22 – December 3, 2022.
Hawaiʻi Island - “Pacific States Biennial North American”, University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo Campus Center Gallery (Hilo). Print media, juried. October 28 – December 31, 2022.
Hawaiʻi Island - “Hawaiʻi Nei Art Exhibition 2022”, Wailoa Center (Hilo). Mixed media, juried. November 4 – December 15, 2022.

Approved AASC visits are also posted on the SFCA's website: Selling Your Art.

Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM)

School Visits (School Year 2022-2023)
Schools are invited to bring students on visits to the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum for School Year 22/23. Please email for more details.

Rent the Museum
Hold a special event at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum! Indoor and outdoor spaces are available for events, parties, and film sets. Learn more about the facilities rental program on the State Art Museum website:, or contact Scott Young, Visitor Services Manager, at or (808) 586-9959.

2022 Hawaiʻi Triennial - Pacific Century Exhibit Expanded
Recently installed in the Turnaround Gallery are photos by Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022 artist Ed Greevy, previously on display at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Greevy collaborated for decades with Hawaiian activist Haunani-Kay Trask, and Greevy’s photographs document environmental and social justice movements in Hawaiʻi. The photos in the exhibit are also published in the book “Kūʻē: Thirty Years of Land Struggles in Hawaiʻi”. The exhibit will be on view through December 3, 2022. Get a 30 second video peek at the exhibit on the SFCA website: HT22 Exhibit Expanded at HiSAM.

“Somehow, I Don’t Feel Comfortable (Hawaiʻi Version)” by Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022 artist
Momoyo Torimitsu is currently on display in the ground floor POD (Passion On Display) space through December 3, 2022. This piece was previously displayed at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.

HT22 Art in Conversation: Pacific Sisters
The Hawaiʻi Triennial “Art in Conversation” talk in August (moderated by Josh Tengan, Hawai‘i Contemporary associate director), included members of the Aotearoa-based collective “Pacific Sisters”: Rosanna Raymond, Feeonaa Clifton and Suzanne Tamaki. They discussed their art collective, use of augmented reality, and their work, “Te Pu o Te Wheke”, which features striking portraits of powerful avatars that they created. Watch a recording on the Hawai‘i Contemporary Facebook page.

The 2022 Hawaiʻi Triennial - Pacific Century - E Hoʻomau no Moananuiākea exhibit is on view through December 3, 2022, at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum in downtown Honolulu. Admission is free.

Performing, Teaching, and Presenting at the State Art Museum
If you are interested in doing contract work performing, teaching, or presenting in the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, please go to one of the forms linked below:
Performing at HiSAM: HiSAM Performance Request Form
Teaching a Workshop at HiSAM: Workshop Teacher Application Form
Installation in the Mirror Room:
Mirror Room Installation Proposal Form
Please note that this is our installation space and only full proposals will be considered. If you are interested in using our POD studio space, please complete that form instead.
Utilizing the Passion on Display (POD) Space: POD at HiSAM Proposal Form
Please note that this is considered free studio space and is not a paid opportunity. If you would prefer to have an installation at HiSAM, please complete the form for the Mirror Room.

Events at the State Art Museum

With the exception of Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022 events, September events at the State Art Museum have been cancelled. Following a fun-filled summer of events, the team is taking a pause to refresh.
Hawaiʻi Triennial exhibit tour with Drew Broderick, Fridays 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (
Check the HiSAM website calendar for additional information:
HiSAM Calendar
Subscribe to the HiSAM Newsletter

Arts and Culture Calendar
This arts and culture calendar features SFCA grantees, partners, and Hawaiʻi state and local government programs and events. A longer list of events is on the SFCA website news page:
Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization listed with the opportunity. Inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement.

September 2022 Arts and Culture Highlights

Hawaiian History Month: the Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Coalition is proud to present the third Hawaiian History Month in 2022! In celebration of Queen Liliʻuokalani's 184th birthday,Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī is holding five weeks of in-person and virtual events throughout the month of September. Kicking off the month is Queen Liliʻuokalani's Birthday program on Thursday, September 2, 2022 at 9am with a virtual celebration and later at 4pm with an in-person walking tour and concert. See the full list of events and additional details at
Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities and the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System present “Try Think”, a thought provoking film and conversation series with films from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Registration for these virtual events is required and each session is limited to 100 participants. Upcoming online sessions include September 15, “Molokaʻi Bound” (a wayward young man, recently released from prison, struggles to reconnect with his son and Hawaiian heritage), October 20 “Anointed” (Impacts of nuclear weapons tests on the Republic of the Marshall Islands), and November 17, “Hae Hawaiʻi” (a historical drama about the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy). For a full schedule please visit the State Library website at
Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition 2022 will be at the Downtown Art Center in Honolulu September 17-October 15 and at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center November 8-December 23. For more information, please visit the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen website,
Hawaiʻi United Okinawa Association 40th Okinawan Festival September 3 – 4, 2022 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center in Honolulu. For more information, please visit the festival website at
Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MoCA) “Recollecting Poi, Pikake and Paniolos” exhibit by Amber Khan, presented by Aupuni Space. Through September 30. For more information, please visit the MoCA website:
The Royal Hawaiian Band presents free concerts on the Iolani Palace grounds most Fridays from noon-1:00 p.m. Learn more about the Royal Hawaiian Band and their performance schedule on their website:

SFCA in the Media

Honolulu Star Advertiser

August 22, 2022 - State’s Poet Laureate Receives $50,000 Grant

“The recently passed
Senate Concurrent Resolution 83 appointed the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the Hawaii State Public Library system to collaborate to periodically establish Hawaii’s future poet laureates. It was founded on the basis that poetry encourages storytelling, deep thinking, empathy and connections among cultures while encouraging the preservation of culture, the arts, history, humanities, music and literature, according to the resolution.

The incoming poet laureate will receive annual funding of $20,000 per year to promote and encourage the appreciation of poetry and literary life in Hawaii while inspiring emerging generations of new writers, according to the Hawaii State Poet Laureate Program overview.”

Read the full article on the Star Advertiser website:

Honolulu Magazine

Talk Story with Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022 Artists at HiSAM, August 23, 2022

“The citywide contemporary art celebration Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 may be over but you can still catch extended exhibits on display at HiSAM and attend free public programs until Dec. 3. HiSAM and Hawai‘i Contemporary are giving a rare opportunity to learn more about HT22 straight from the artists themselves with their Art in Conversation series.

The Art in Conversation series is presented in partnership with ‘Ōlelo Community Media. If you’re not able to make it in person you can watch upcoming talks streamed live on”

Read the full article on the Honolulu Magazine website:

SFCA Board of Commissioners 2022 Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 10:00 – 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Meeting schedule is also posted to the SFCA website calendar:

Decisions about grants, artwork purchases, and more are made by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) Board of Commissioners. Meetings are currently being held virtually on Zoom, and the public is invited to attend. Appointed by the state governor, the Board of Commissioners oversees the Executive Director, provides input, and approves spending. Commissioners are volunteers and do not receive compensation for their duties.
Individuals may submit written testimony on posted agenda items in advance of the meeting via email to or by mail addressed to the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813. Individuals interested in signing up to provide oral testimony on posted agenda items at the meeting may submit their name, email, and phone number to Individuals may provide oral testimony at the meeting via the above-listed video conferencing link or by calling the above listed telephone number. Testimony presented during the meeting will be limited to three minutes each.

Agenda items for General Meetings may include approval of artwork acquisition recommendations and Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) art exhibit visit recommendations.

Agendas and minutes are also posted on the
SFCA Board of Commissioners page.

2022 State Holiday Schedule
The Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts office is closed on Hawaiʻi state government holidays. The Hawaiʻi State Art Museum is open on some holidays - please check the museum calendar to confirm:

2022 Hawaiʻi State Holidays
September 5, Monday, Labor Day
November 8, Tuesday, General Election Day
November 11, Friday, Veterans’ Day
November 24, Thursday, Thanksgiving
December 26, Monday, Christmas

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.

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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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