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Hawaii FEAST - Call for Artists - Keaukaha Quick Build Project

The County of Hawai'i Planning Department is seeking an artist to create street art near Keaukaha Elementary School to improve roadway safety for people walking and biking. The selected artist will engage with local students and residents to design and implement street art as part of the Keaukaha Elementary “Quick Build” Project

The selected artist will be responsible for:
January 2021: Developing a street art design based on ideas from students at Keaukaha Elementary School and nearby charter schools who are currently coming up with sketches of plants that are important to them and their community. The selected artist will need to translate the students' sketches into a street art design. The street art design will cover three bulbout areas along Todd, Pua, Desha, and Baker Avenues (4,525 sq. ft. in total). 
February 2021: Creating a list of required materials and assisting with the selection and purchase of paints, brushes, rollers, etc. 
March 2021: Leading art components of the project installation, which may include cleaning surfaces, marking/stenciling designs, directing volunteers, and performing any touch up work.

Are you interested in participating in this project and working with the community to create street art in Keaukaha? The selected artist will receive $2,500 to compensate for their time, and $2,000 to cover material costs. Interested artists should submit proposals via email to by 4pm on Thursday, December 23rd. Proposals should be less than two pages (not including work samples) and include:
Background: Include name, contact information, why you’re interested in this project, what area of the islands you live and work, and your connection to Keaukaha and/or the Native Hawaiian community. 
Experience: Discuss any relevant educational, professional, or personal experience. 
Approach: Describe how the project will be completed, providing further detail to the tasks listed above.
Artwork Samples: Include samples of your artwork or links to articles or websites.
Artists will be informed by Wednesday, December 29th, if their proposal has been selected. Proposals will be selected by the project team, and will be judged on their quality, creativity, and potential for positive community impact. Note, although artists are not required to be located on Hawai'i Island, preference will be given to artists with connections to Keaukaha and the Native Hawaiian community. 

Please send any inquiries to

Are you interested in learning more about quick build projects? Check out the examples and resources below:
Kahului Quick Build
Kalihi Quick Build
Asphalt Art Guide
"Quick Builds for Better Streets": An Explanation of Quick Build Projects
Right Image: Quick Build installation in Kahului, Maui (credit: Kelsey Herold, Groovy Awapuhi Photography)

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