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Hawaii State Foundation On Culture and The Arts AUGUST 2023 Newsletter
State Foundation on Culture and the Arts AUGUST 2023 Newsletter
Governor Green appoints Sean Connelly and Konrad Ng to SFCA Board of Commissioners
Governor Josh Green has appointed Sean Connelly and Konrad Ng to the SFCA Commission effective immediately. Connelly is to serve as At-Large and Ng as chairperson. “Both Sean and Konrad come to the SFCA with great qualifications and understanding of the SFCA and community needs. We are excited to have these two talented individuals on our team” said Karen Ewald, Interim Executive Director.
SFCA Art in Public Places
SFCA permanent works of art by Mark Chai installed in the new Mauka Terminal at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
“‘Iwa Soaring” and “Kawaihapai”, two suspended polycarbonate resin sculptures by Mark Chai, were recently installed in the new Mauka terminal. Coming soon are works by Sean K.L. Browne and Doug Young. Photos courtesy Aaron Ackerman (@ackitecture on Instagram). Aaron has also posted video clips of these artworks on Instagram.
New Exhibit “Creatures and Characters” now open at State Art Museum
Through a diverse mix of media and artistic approaches, the depictions of creatures and characters suggest stories and ideas that unfold in surprising, unusual, and amusing ways. This exhibit is intended for all ages, with a special focus on students in the museum’s Art Bento program for Hawaiʻi public and charter schools. The Hawaiʻi State Art Museum is a learning laboratory for thousands of elementary school students every year in the Art Bento program, using artworks to practice observation, critical thinking, and communication skills along with exploring their creativity. The exhibit is scheduled to run through summer 2024.
A selection of artworks and full list of artists has been posted to the SFCA website: sfca.hawaii.gov/exhibit-creatures-and-characters-at-the-state-art-museum.
Read more about “Creatures and Characters”
“Creatures and Characters” entry wall painted by artist Solomon Enos
HiSAM’s current artist in residence, Solomon Enos, painted the entry wall for the exhibit using a stream-of-consciousness approach and bold graphic style as a personal challenge. It is a striking contrast to the three artworks by Enos currently on display in the ʻEwa gallery (“Future Kiʻi”, “Living Landscape 2”, and “Living Landscape 3”), which have deep Pacific Island Futurism narratives and fine details.
SFCA Call for Artists: Public Art Request for Qualifications
The Art in Public Places Program of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) has posted a Request for Qualifications on CallFor Entry (CaFE) for the SFCA Art in Public Places Program. The program is seeking qualifications from individual artists for artwork to be commissioned for various locations statewide. Sites for art may include opportunities for three-dimensional freestanding sculpture, two-dimensional images translated into durable materials, and large painted murals.
Through this call the SFCA intends to establish a qualified pool ofprofessional artists for consideration. Applications will only be accepted online through CallForEntry.org (2023 APP Hawaiʻi Request for Qualifications). You must be registered on CaFE before you can log in and apply for a call for entry.
Applications close September 1, 2023.
SFCA Public Art RFQ
SFCA Arts Education
Art Bento program welcomes 2,000 students to State Art Museum
SFCA Museum Education Coordinator Shirley Lam reports that for Art Bento School Year 2023-24, SFCA will welcome 10 schools with 92 classes (about 2,000 students) to the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum. Art Bento students use the museum as a learning laboratory: works of art on display in the museum galleries are used as a catalyst for inquiry-based student learning in literacy, visual and performing arts. We are excited to have Art Bento back in person again! Learn more about the program on the SFCA website: sfca.hawaii.gov/artbento.
SFCA Artists in the Schools Spotlight: 145 Konawaena High School students practice personal expression, acceptance, and respect through artist residency program
Closeup of a section of the mural.
Photo of ink mural done by students during the AITS residency.
Excerpt from a letter included in the end of year report: “. . . Given our location and access, many South Kona students do not have many extended learning and experiential opportunities, whether attending camps and classes of having consistent, meaningful interactions with our incredible community artists. This grant continues to afford our students those extended opportunities. In addition to proving instruction on fine arts standards, it provides/provided classroom teachers with a hands-on mentor to better teach the arts in their curriculum and supports students’ emotional well-being . . . I would like to add that our “artist in the school,” Ellen Crocker, has been an excellent teacher and mentor . . . [she] ensures a focus on social-emotional learning (a primary focus for Konawaena High) by giving students opportunities to practice personal expression, acceptance, and respect. Thank you again to the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the State of Hawaiʻi Legislature, funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the private matching funds from the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation. Konawaena High thanks all of you for selecting us as a recipient. We are hopeful that this incredible partnership will continue into the next school year and into the future! Naʻu no me ka haʻahaʻa, Momi Kaehuaea (Vice Principal, Konawaena High School).”
Learn more about the Artists in the Schools program on the SFCA website: sfca.hawaii.gov/aits.
SFCA Artists in the Schools
Grants and Opportunities
SFCA Biennium Grants FY2025 Intent to Apply Now Open
Please help us get the word out to nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Hawaiʻi! The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) provides public funds through Biennium Grants to support projects designed to promote, perpetuate, and preserve culture and the arts in Hawaiʻi. Important dates for Fiscal Year 2025 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025): Intent to Apply August 1 – September 15, 2023; Project Application September 1 – October 30, 2023. For more information, please visit the SFCA website: sfca.hawaii.gov/programs-for-organizations/biennium-grants.
August 2023 Grants and Opportunities
These currently open federal, state, and other arts and culture grants/opportunities are also posted on the SFCA website: sfca.hawaii.gov/grants-and-opportunities-august-2023.
Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization listed with the opportunity. Inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement.
•SFCA Seeks Grant Review Panelist Volunteers with a professional background in culture and the humanities to join our grant review panelist roster. Panelists must be Hawaiʻi residents with experience in Heritage & Preservation, Community Arts, Arts Education, and Presentation & Performing Arts. We encourage those with a background in Arts and Healing, Community Development related to arts and culture, cultural practitioners of all disciplines, and new and emerging members of the arts and culture community to apply. Contact the SFCA grants program at SFCAGrants@Hawaii.gov.
•2023 SFCA Art in Public Places Request for Qualifications due by September 1, 2023. The SFCA Art in Public Places Program is seeking qualifications from individual artists for artwork to be commissioned for various locations statewide. Sites for art may include opportunities for three-dimensional freestanding sculpture, two-dimensional images translated into durable materials, and large painted murals. Through this call the SFCA intends to establish a qualified pool of professional artists for consideration. For more information, please visit the SFCA website: sfca.hawaii.gov/call-for-artists-public-art-rfq-july-2023.
•SFCA Biennium Grants FY2025 Intent to Apply Now Open. Please help us get the word out to nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Hawaiʻi! The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) provides public funds through Biennium Grants to support projects designed to promote, perpetuate, and preserve culture and the arts in Hawaiʻi. Important dates for Fiscal Year 2025 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025): Intent to Apply August 1 – September 15, 2023; Project Application September 1 – October 30, 2023. For more information, please visit the SFCA website: sfca.hawaii.gov/programs-for-organizations/biennium-grants.
•Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA) Call for 2024 Exhibition Proposals MOCA manages civic spaces inside Honolulu Hale such as the courtyard and Lane Gallery. These spaces are used to showcase the talents of visual artists and showcase the work of non-profit organizations and schools from our diverse community. Partnerships with community organizations have enabled MOCA to grace the halls of City buildings with a wide range of artwork displayed monthly. All exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information and to apply, please visit the MOCA website: HonoluluMOCA.org/call-for-exhibitions.
•Hui Noʻeau Gallery Shop accepting Vendor Applications for Hui Holidays The Hui Noʻeau Gallery Shop (Makawao, Maui) accepts vendor applications throughout the year and brings in new sellers for Hui Holidays. Learn more about Hui Noʻeau on their website: HuiNoeau.com. Vendor application online: form.jotform.com/221327202750040.
•Kahilu Exhibits (Kahilu Theatre, Waimea, Hawaiʻi Island) seeking exhibit proposals for 2024 calendar year. As many as six proposals will be accepted to fill open exhibition slots from June through October 2024. Proposals from solo artists, artist groups and collectives, and curators will be considered through this Call for Exhibitions. Entries due by October 1, 2023. For more information, please go to CallForEntry.org: artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=12103.
•Kumu Kahua Theatre "Go Try Playwrite" monthly play-writing contest in collaboration with Bamboo Ridge Press. Submission due dates are the last day of the month. Learn more on the Kumu Kahua website: KumuKahua.org/gotryplaywrite.
Calls for Artists
•Downtown Art Center, “Artists of Hawaiʻi” call for artists opens on CAFE August 14, 2023. For more information, please visit the DAC website: DowntownArtHI.org/artistsofhawaii.
•Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition 2023 prospectus now available. Important dates: online registration August 1 – 31, exhibit open September 30 – October 28 at the Downtown Art Center (Honolulu), opening reception Saturday September 30, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. For more information, please visit the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen website: HawaiiCraftsmen.org.
•2023 Hawaiʻi Nei Art Exhibition. Open only to Hawaiʻi Island (Big Island) artists. Entries due by October 6, 2023. For more information, please go to CallForEntry.org: artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=11167.
•Kauaʻi Society of Artists (Kukui Grove Center, Lihue)
◦Art Kauaʻi 2023 entry day Saturday, September 9, 2023. Exhibit September 16 – October 27, 2023.
◦Small Works Show entry day Saturday, November 11, 2023. Exhibit November 18-January 5, 2024.
◦For more information, please visit the Kauaʻi Society of Artists website: KauaiSocietyOfArtists.org.
•Mālama Wao Akua 2023, Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center and East Maui Watershed Partnership. Online registration August 15-29, 2023. For more information, please visit the Mālama Wao Akua website: MalamaWaoAkua.org.
•SFCA Art in Public Places RFQ Applications close September 1, 2023. The Art in Public Places Program of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) has posted a Request for Qualifications on Call For Entry (CaFE) for the SFCA Art in Public Places Program. The program is seeking qualifications from individual artists for artwork to be commissioned for various locations statewide. Sites for art may include opportunities for three-dimensional freestanding sculpture, two-dimensional images translated into durable materials, and large painted murals. Specific locations have not been announced. Through this call the SFCA intends to establish a qualified pool of professional artists for consideration. Applications will only be accepted online through CallForEntry.org (2023 APP Hawaiʻi Request for Qualifications). You must be registered on CaFE before you can log in and apply for a call for entry. (2023 APP Hawaiʻi Request forQualifications). You must be registered on CaFE before you can log in and apply for a call for entry.
August 2023 Grants and Opportunities
Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM)
Events at the State Art Museum
The Vibe featuring Mindy Smokestack
Friday August, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Free, all ages welcome evening of art and music! Food vendors will be on site.
Art in Public Places Artwork Spotlight: “Noho (stay, ʻIʻiwi)” and “Noho (stay, Palila)” by Melissa Chimera
Museum visitors at July’s First Friday event explored the new “Fear of the Unknown” exhibit. In this photo, visitors are viewing “Noho (stay, ʻI‘iwi)” and “Noho (stay, Palila)”, oil paintings by Melissa Chimera. The paintings include photo transfers on silk, stitched to the surface of the paintings and are from the SFCA Art in Public Places Collection. The paintings were purchased from the Kahilu Theatre 5th Annual Juried Exhibition (Kamuela, Hawaiʻi Island).
Influenced by her background in nature conservation, much of Melissa Chimera’s artwork investigates species extinction, globalization, and human migration. For “Noho (stay, ʻI‘iwi)” and “Noho (stay, Palila)” she juxtaposes the lush, layered painted surfaces, reminiscent of decorative textile patterns, with the images of endemic Hawaiian honeycreepers, ʻI‘iwi and Palila. In addition to these birds are photos of ghost-like children transferred onto silk and stitched onto the canvas, as well as a lion with a branch in his mouth. The viewer is left with the delight of visual pleasure contrasted with a sense of uncertainty and trepidation. Chimera states, “This series is a call out to us, to humanity and to our birds – to stay with us a bit longer.”
After the exhibit, these prints will be eligible for placement in hundreds of state government sites across Hawaiʻi.
Creatures and Characters
Fear of the Unknown
Accession: New Additions
Check the HiSAM website calendar for additional information: hisam.hawaii.gov/calendar.
The museum is open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 250 South Hotel Street (entrance on Richards Street), downtown Honolulu.
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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.
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: HiSAM.Hawaii.gov/rentals.
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: sfca.hawaii.gov/arts-and-culture-calendar-august-2023.
Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization listed with the opportunity. Inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement.
August 2023 Arts and Culture Highlights
•Bishop Museum “Ola Ka No’eau: Excellence in Hawaiian Artistry” exhibit features artwork from 13 notable Hawaiian artists. Public programming includes a series of Living Culture workshops by some of the featured artists. August 12 and 13, Lei Hulu Kāmoe with Kawika Lum-Nelmeida. August 13, Kōkō Pūʻalu with ʻUmi Kai. Learn more about the exhibit and workshops on the Bishop Museum website: BishopMuseum.org/okn.
•Donkey Mill Art Center (Hawaiʻi Island) "Forces of Nature: Young Artist Exhibition" July 14 - August 12, 2023. Free admission. Exhibit features artworks by over 30 young artists creating meaningful connections with the natural world during this year's Donkey Mill Art Center Summer Art Experience programs. For more information, please visit the Donkey Mill Art Center website: DonkeyMillArtCenter.org/event/?event=4932. East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center (EHCC) "Every Body is All We Have" exhibit through August 25, 2023. Featuring artists Reem Bassous, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Katarzyna Kozyra, Sue Schroeder, Jennifer Scully-Thurston, and Maga Ćwieluch. For more information, please visit the EHCC website: ehcc.org/content/every-body-all-we-have.
Arts and Culture Calendar August 2023
SFCA in the Media
University of Hawaiʻi News
Creatures and Characters Feature UH Artists
“Surprising, unusual and amusing are elements woven into art pieces on display in the newly unveiled “Creatures and Characters” exhibit at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum. Works created by University of Hawaiʻi artists are among the pieces featured which include five UH Mānoa and UH Hilo alumni and seven faculty from UH Mānoa and Windward Community College.”
Read the full article on the University of Hawaiʻi website: hawaii.edu/news/2023/08/04/creatures-and-characters-feature-uh-artists.
SFCA Board of Commissioners
Eight artworks approved for purchase for SFCA Art in Public Places Collection
The SFCA Board of Commissioners approved eight artwork purchases at the general board meeting in July. Full list on the SFCA website: sfca.hawaii.gov/art-in-public-places-collection-recent-acquisitions-july-2023.
The board also approved visits to three upcoming exhibits on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island, and Maui:
•Hawaiʻi Nei Art Exhibition 2023 (Hilo)
•Artists of Hawaiʻi 2023 (Honolulu)
•Marcia Morse and George Woollard (Kahului)
Recent acquisitions and upcoming exhibit visits are posted on the SFCA website.
•Recent additions: https://sfca.hawaii.gov/art-in-public-places-program/#recent-adds
•Approved exhibit visits: https://sfca.hawaii.gov/art-in-public-places-program/#aasc-visits
Upcoming 2023 Meeting Schedule
•September 20, 2023
Meeting schedule is also posted to the SFCA website calendar: sfca.hawaii.gov/events.
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 HawaiiSFCA@hawaii.gov 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 HawaiiSFCA@hawaii.gov. 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.
2023 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: hisam.hawaii.gov/calendar.
2023 Hawaiʻi State Holidays
•August 18, Statehood Day
•September 4, Labor Day
•November 10, Veterans’ Day
•November 23, Thanksgiving
•December 25, Christmas
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 HawaiiSFCA@hawaii.gov or call (808) 586-0300 and leave a voice message, including your name and telephone number.
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The mission of the Hawaii 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 Hawaii. HSFCA funding is provided by the State of Hawaii 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, www.hawaii.gov/sfca.
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