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Downtown Art Center Celebrates Its First Anniversary At Chinatown Gateway Plaza's Second Floor Exhibition Space This October
DOWNTOWN ART CENTER CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY AT CHINATOWN GATEWAY PLAZA’S SECOND FLOOR EXHIBITION SPACE THIS OCTOBER
The Downtown Art Center at 1041 Nuʻuanu Ave., Second Floor, in Honolulu's historic Chinatown Gateway Plaza, celebrates the opening of its beautiful, spacious second floor exhibition space this October. The first show in the space opened with a Hawaiʻi Craftsmen exhibition in October 2020. Founded in 2002 as the nonprofit Honolulu Culture and the Arts District (HCAD), Downtown Art Center changed its name in October 2020, upon opening its doors at the second floor Chinatown Gateway space, former City & County offices that were sitting vacant. There are six founding nonprofit charter member organizations at DAC:
- Hawaiʻi Craftsmen
- Hawaiʻi Watercolor Society
- Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui
- Hawaiʻi Potters Guild
- Pastel Artists of Hawaiʻi
- Glass Fusion Collective
In addition, Creative Arts Experience and Hawaiʻi Arts Alliance are founding nonprofit partners. Two of these charter organizations, Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui and Hawaiʻi Arts Alliance, are in physical residence at DAC. Under the direction of Executive Director Sandra Pohl, DAC also manages the collection of renowned local artist Louis Pohl. DAC is also the fiscal sponsor and physical headquarters for Oʻahu Fringe Festival, part of a worldwide network of Fringe Festivals showcasing performing arts in all its forms. In addition to providing local arts organizations a beautiful, spacious venue to show their artwork to the public, DAC hosts art and community-related classes and workshops for adults, children and seniors, from fun art classes for kupuna to women’s self-defense classes. DAC is unique in the amount of space, diversity of programming and community partnerships it offers. DAC began as a creative seed of an idea, and has been nurtured and supported by the community, nonprofit partners and individuals who are passionate about the arts. In its second year, DAC is asking for donations, which will be put to active use funding adult, kupuna and keiki programs, gallery expenses, paying its hardworking staff, and making other creative initiatives possible. Donations will be accepted at donorbox.org/downtownartcenter. For more information, and to keep up-to-date, visit facebook.com/DowntownArtCenter or follow DAC on Instagram at @downtownartcenter. For more details about current and upcoming shows, classes and events, visit downtownarthi.org.
About the Downtown Art Center (DAC):
Located in the Chinatown Gateway Plaza building at 1041 Nuʻuanu Ave., Second Floor, the nonprofit Downtown Art Center is an evolving gallery and workshop space for Oʻahu's arts scene. DAC strives to become a thriving center for the arts by providing display space for local artists and art organizations, workshop classrooms, performances, and more. Support DAC and help it grow at donorbox.org/downtownartcenter!
Parking for DAC is located at nearby municipal parking lots (onsite at Chinatown Gateway Plaza, parking entrance off Bethel Street) or at Mark's Garage (entrance at 22 S. Pauahi St.). DAC is easily accessible by public transit as well; get directions, routes and timetables at www.thebus.org.
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Downtown Art Center (DAC) is an evolving gallery and workshop space for Oahu's arts scene. DAC strives to become a thriving center for the arts by providing display space for local artists and art organizations, workshop classrooms, performances, and more.
1041 B Nuuanu, Honolulu, HI (View Map)
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