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Join us for the next FEAST on Wednesday, September 19th from 6:00to 8:00pm, at the ARTS at Marks Garage (1159 Nuuanu Ave) in Chinatown.

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FEAST refers to a community dinner, at which attendees pay to join a catered reception, and a portion of that payment is set aside as a prize. While attendees eat, mingle, and imbibe, different artists showcase their work and explain their proposed public art project. After the presenters are finished, attendees vote on which project they wish to award the prize to.It's win-win-win: Attendees enjoy a meal with friends, one artist (or group of artists) is awarded funding to put towards a public art project, and all presenters gain exposure and a rare networking opportunity.

The September 19th FEAST is being held in partnership withMental Health America of Hawaii(MHAH) to support community well-being and mental health.The topic of mental health is getting more attention than ever with people coming forward in the media to talk about their mental health and with younger generations playing a large role in normalizing the topic. Unfortunately, rates of mental health issues in youth are climbing and 66% of adults in Hawaii who need mental health treatment are not getting it. Stigmaaround mental health plays a big role in keeping people from seeking help.

Public artand creative advocacy efforts can be powerful tools to create a more open dialogue surrounding mental health, and support well-being. Breaking down the myths and stigma surrounding mental health is an ongoing effort MHAH is engaged in, and FEAST is excited to be part of this cause.


We are seeking artists - of all ages and backgrounds, and of any medium - who are interested in using public art and creative advocacy as a tool to discuss mental health and support community well-being. The winning artist(s) will be awarded the event proceeds (approx. $500-$1000) to support their proposed public art / creative advocacy project.

For this FEAST, apublic artorcreative advocacy projectcan be any effort that expresses issues related to one's individual or community mental and emotional health, or celebrates well-being, through a creative lens. This could include street art, live performances, murals, public blogs and videos, and the like. Projects should also be able to portray a message of hope.

At the September 19th FEAST event, different artists will be selected to pitch their proposed public art / creative advocacy project. Presenters will be given five minutes to explain how the proceeds from FEAST will be used to support their proposed project, and bring more awareness to mental healthand support community well-being.

Following the presentations, the audience will vote on their favorite proposed project. The winning presenter will be awarded the proceeds from FEAST (approx. $500-$1000). Moreover, following the September 19th FEAST, event coordinators will work with the winning artist(s), to ensure their artwork is being shared with the community-at-large.

Interested individuals (or groups) should submit their proposals tohawaiifeasting@gmail.combymidnighton Sunday, September 9th.Proposals should consist of:

  • A description of the proposed public art / creative advocacy project.
  • A description of how the proposal will positively impact the community and bring greater awarenessto mental health(100 words or less).
  • Optional: Evidence of past work (website link, or work examples under 4 MB).

Presenters will be informed byTuesday, September 11thif they have been chosen to pitch their ideas at the September 19thFEAST. Submissions will be chosen based on the creativity of the proposal, and impact on the community-at-large. The more details the artist can provide about the idea, the better. Please send any inquiries


Hawaiʻi FEAST is an event platform that supports place-based and public artwork through community financing and social networks. FEAST empowers artists to create a sense of place within their communities through creative expression. FEAST is built solely upon community resources; Local artists produce ideas for public artwork and community members take part in the decision making process of selecting projects and financing these projects. Learn more about FEAST by visiting our new

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