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The Conversation: Community Resources for Artists

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Noe Tanigawa
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Outrigger made of invasive species, Honolulu Biennial 2019

Samples from local sound artist Kit Ebersbach; Jane Goodsill discusses new book, Voices of Hawai'i; Corporate support for hula and arts; Island Insurance Foundation on supporting arts and education; Kauai muralist on his work and travels; New Blue Clay Studio opens at fishcake gallery

Status of the arts in 2021

Teri Skillman is the CEO of the Hawai’i Arts Alliance. Since the pandemic began, a Creative Resurgence Hui has been strategizing how the arts can strengthen Hawai’i’s recovery. As part of that hui, Skillman says, there are concrete ways to move forward this year.

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Teri Skillman, CEO of the Hawai’i Arts Alliance

 

Hawai'i Contemporary to hold 2021 Art Summit virtually

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Bernice Akamine's Kalo, in the lobby of Hawai'i's Supreme Court. Honolulu Biennial 2019.

Hawai’i Contemporary is planning a virtual Art Summit to connect people from all walks of life. It will run February 10-13 with talks, performances, film screenings and workshops open to all. Click here to register for free at Hawai’i Contemporary's website.

 

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Katherine Don, Executive Director of Hawaii Contemporary

 

 

 

 

Samples from local sound artist Kit Ebersbach

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Cover art for Kit Ebersbach's new album, "Itchi Lee Presents the Dalai Lawnmower"

Kit Ebersbach is an experimentalist music artist in Honolulu. He's been performing online over the course of the pandemic, and he just dropped a new album on bandcamp this December.
 

 

 

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Kit Ebersbach, sound artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Goodsill discusses new book, Voices of Hawai'i

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Author Jane Marshall Goodsill compiles seventy-five oral histories in her new book, including that of her father, who moved to Hawai'i from New York in 1941. Goodsill will host a talk and book signing Saturday, January 23rd at 11 am. in Native Books in Arts & Letters Building on Nu?uanu Ave. Click here to register for the event.

 

 

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Jane Marshall Goodsill, author and oral historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate support for hula and the arts

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Jan Harada is the Executive Director of the HT Hayashi Foundation, which distributed close to $670 thousand last year. Their contributions included $50 thousand fund and a multi-year commitment to preserve original hula resources. Trisha Kehaulani Watson is the President of the Kalihi Palama Culture and Arts Society. They are partnering with the State Archives to digitize over one hundred years of first-person hula knowledge and make it accessible worldwide through the web.

 

 

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Jan Harada, Executive Director of the HT Hayashi Foundation; Trisha Kehaulani Watson, President of the Kalihi Palama Culture and Arts Society

 

Island Insurance Foundation on supporting arts and education

Dana Tokioka is President and Executive Director of Island Insurance Foundation, which gave away close to $900 thousand in 2020, including seed funding for the new Downtown Art Center. Under Dana's leadership, the foundation also bought the house for Lee Cataluna's play at Kumu Kahua last December and made the digital production free for all viewers. Tokioka joins us to discuss her foundation's longstanding support for arts and education.

 

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Dana Tokioka, President and Executive Director of Island Insurance Foundation

Kaua'i muralist on his work and travels

On Kaua'i, local non-profits, county commitment and Covid funding have sparked changes in Lihu'e. Last October, forty-five mural artists set to work in the world debut of Nirmana Fest, a Garden Island mural painting festival. Today, colorful murals brighten five different walls along ‘Ewalu and Rice streets. Seth Womble, an international mural artist who's lived on Kaua'i for ten years, spearheaded the collaborative project.

 

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Seth Womble, muralist

 

New Blue Clay Studio opens at fishcake gallery

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Blue Clay Studio

Fishcake gallery has expanded to include the new Blue Clay ceramic studio, coordinated by ceramist Jun Funahashi. You can reserve the studio, become a member, or sign up for workshop online at fishcake's website.

 

 

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Jun Funahashi, Coordinator at Blue Clay Studio

 

 

 

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