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Hawaii FEAST - Support Conversations on Race & Equity in Honolulu - Donate to the Little Free Diverse Libraries & Murals Project
Hawai‘i FEAST and Greener Reader are partnering with local businesses and artists to install five little free libraries as part of the Urban Honolulu: Little Free Diverse Libraries & Murals Project. We are calling out to our community for donations to support this effort.
Little free libraries are public bookcases that allow people to rent and return books as they please. Community members can also contribute books to the library. As part of this project, we will install five little free libraries in urban Honolulu. Local artists will be provided with stipends so they can paint the libraries with murals that embody the themes of race and equity.
The libraries will be initially and periodically stocked with books and stories that provoke conversations on race and equity, primarily from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) authors. The books will be primarily purchased from local book stores Nā Mea Hawaiʻi and da Shop. Our book list has been made publicly available online here. Please contact us if you have ideas for additional books to include.
WHERE: The little free diverse libraries are being hosted by organizations and business in Honolulu. While the libraries will still be outside and available to the public, partnering businesses will help keep watch over the library structures. We have four confirmed participating businesses, including: Aloha Beer Co., ARS Cafe, Mud Hen Water, and da Shop.
WHEN: We recently installed little free libraries at da Shop and ARS Cafe. We plan to build and install the remaining little free diverse libraries in November 2020.
WHY: We consider books, reading, and storytelling to be effective catalysts to critical thinking, empathy, and conversations on race and equity, and we'd like to do our part in facilitating their circulation and implementation in Honolulu. We also hope this project contributes to a sense of place and an improved built environment in Honolulu neighborhoods.
Learn More & Donate
Mahalo to our 30+ donors who've helped us raise $2,357 of our project goal of $6,125. This project funding will go towards building and installing the libraries, artist stipends, and purchasing books. We will be accepting donations until November 30th. Help support this project by donating, any amount, small or large.
All donations are tax deductible, as we are fiscally sponsored by IOBY, a non-profit crowd funding platform that supports grassroots organizations in making their neighborhoods more sustainable, healthier, greener, and more livable.
Hawaiʻi FEAST is a 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. Learn more about FEAST at our website.
The Greener Reader is a consciousness raising book club focused on reading and discussing texts that intersect with the topics of sustainability, place, democracy, civic engagement, environmental ethics, "Cli-Fi", contested narratives, history from underrepresented perspectives, and other topics. Contact Justine Espiritu if you are interested in being involved in the Greener Reader.
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