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Hawaii Alliance for Arts in Education (Hawai'i Arts Alliance)

Honolulu , Hawaii




Three youth painting a mural on a large wall.

At POW! WOW! Hawaii 2012 this large collaborative mural was painted by visiting artists Mr. Jago (UK), Meggs (Australia), Will Barras (UK) and Peap Tarr (Cambodia). Photo by Pete Ulatan

The NEA grant will support Pow Wow Hawai'i, a mural festival and associated arts education activities throughout Honolulu's industrial Kaka'ako district. The festival will bring more than 40 international and mainland artists to Hawai'i to collaborate with local artists on large-scale murals in vacant and underutilized spaces throughout the district. Local students and indigenous and immigrant youth will be invited to participate in the mural creation process. Related tours and panel discussions will feature the visiting artists and introduce Hawai'i visitors, residents, and students to diverse global artistic processes.

Hawai'i Arts Alliance will continue ongoing partnerships with the University of Hawai'i Department of Art and Art History, Bishop Estate, Kobayashi Group, Na Mea Books, Estria Foundation, and 808 Urban. Youth outreach partners include several local schools, YMCA, Kids Hurt Too, and the Hawai'i Foster Youth Coalition. The festival is expected to strengthen Honolulu's cultural identity, empower youth by exposing them to local and global artists, and beautify a blighted area of the city.