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Hawaii Tourism Authority Brings Mo'o Maoli Series to The ARTS at Marks

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Mo'o Maoli programming will allow more exhibitions like "Kuu Home o Moku" with Meala Bishop and Nanea Lum, which focused on ‘aina-based creativity.


Downtown Chinatown --


The ARTS at Marks Garage, also known as the Hawai'i Academy of Performing Arts (HAPA), is pleased to announce that it was selected to receive a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority's Kukulu Ola program.

In 2006 The ARTS was the first gallery to commit to hosting a Native Hawaiian exhibition as part of the newly inaugurated Maoli Arts Month. To this day, The ARTS at Marks Garage continues to be the sole gallery which has continuously featured an annual MAMo exhibition every May. The HTA grant will fund a Mo'o Maoli series, which continues The ARTS at Marks Garage's commitment to Hawaiian storytelling by supporting four Native Hawaiian/Indigenous Pacific exhibitions and the introduction of a new monthly storytelling program, Monthly Mo'olelo (MoMo'o). The goal of the exhibitions and monthly series is to share with visitors and local residents the visual and oral storytelling abilities of the Hawaiian community, yielding a new level of understanding of and appreciation for the host culture of Hawai'i -- not just in terms of the past, but the ongoing issues and challenges faced today.


The project will run throughout 2018. Two exhibitions are secured for Spring (Maoli Arts show) and Summer (Contact(ed)) with two others scheduled in February and November. MoMo'o will be held once a month, beginning February, and concludingin December. All exhibitions and programs will be produced collaboratively between The ARTS and native artists and partners from The ARTS at Marks Garage, the Chinatown Artists Lofts, Pu'uhonua Society, PA'I Foundation, and other Native Hawaiian arts organizations.


The ARTS at Marks Garage has been an anchor community arts non-profit creative collective, dedicated to transforming community through the arts and to establish Chinatown, Honolulu as the creative capital of the Pacific. The ARTS serves more than 45,000 people annually through an array of 150 exhibitions, performances, programs, and workshops.

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    The ARTS at Marks Garage is a community arts center with a 1,000 sq. ft. gallery, a 1,000 sq. ft. theater, and a 1,000 sq. ft. office space founded in 2001. Marks is home to 13 performing and visual arts businesses including Youth Speaks Hawaii and Hawaii Shakespeare Festival. 45,000 visitors attend 13 exhibits and 150 performances each year.
    1159 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI (View Map)

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