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Hawaii State Foundation On Culture and The Arts MAY 2022

May 2022

SFCA Executive Director Announces Retirement
Jonathan “JJ” Johnson, Executive Director of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts announced he will be retiring from state service and stepping down from the position as Executive Director when his contract with the board ends July 1, 2022. Johnson, who began working for the agency in 1988, has served as Executive Director since 2014. Over the past eight years, Johnson has overseen the growth of the State’s art agency through an outward facing strategic plan and an internal leadership style of accountability. “Mahalo to the legislature, the SFCA board, staff and the community for all their support,” said Johnson.

Read more on the SFCA website:

SFCA Board of Commissioners Seeking Interested Applicants
The Board of Commissioners of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is seeking individuals interested in serving as its Executive Director beginning July 2022. A prospective candidate is a person who, by reason of education or extensive experience, is generally recognized as being professionally qualified in the administration of programs in the fields of culture, the arts, history, and the humanities, and is familiar with the people and cultures of Hawaiʻi.

Interested applicants may submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments by email to Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 20, 2022, 4:30 p.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time (HST).

Call for Artists
The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) Art in Public Places Program is requesting qualifications from individual artists for artwork to be commissioned for various locations statewide. Through this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) the SFCA intends to establish a qualified pool of professional artists for consideration. Sites for art may include opportunities for three-dimensional freestanding sculpture, two-dimensional images translated into durable materials, and large painted murals. Deadline: May 16, 2022. Learn more about the call and how to apply on the SFCA website:
Call for Artists

New Process for Requesting AASC Visits
The process for requesting an Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) has been updated. The request application process is now through where organizations apply online (please note that you must be logged in to see the AASC request form). This new online process is intended to streamline the process for applicants and the SFCA.
Acquisition Award Selection Committees visit art exhibitions in across the state to recommend artworks for the Art in Public Places Collection of the SFCA. For more information, please visit the SFCA website:

2022 Hawaiʻi State Legislature and the SFCA
Measures introduced in this session include requests for funding requirements for operations and capital improvement projects, funding for the SFCA Artist Fellowship Program, and funds for Iolani Palace and the Bishop Museum. SFCA leadership has met regularly with state legislators throughout the session regarding culture and arts legislation.
In April, highlights of the session included:
HR119 SFCA Report on Native Hawaiian Art: resolution adopted in final form.
SR105 SD1 Creative Resurgence Task Force: report and resolution adopted, as amended.
HB1600 HD1 SD1, Relating to the State Budget, has the greatest impact on SFCA over any specific bills. SFCA leadership expects the outcome within the next few days (session ends on May 5).
Bills and hearings can be tracked online on the State Capitol website: Learn more about how to find, track, and receive email updates on bills and hearings on the Public Access Room website:

2022 Poetry Out Loud

2022 Poetry Out Loud State Champion Tasha Kanoa
Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and state coordinator, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, are pleased to announce that Tasha Kanoa is the 2022 Hawaiʻi Poetry Out Loud Champion. Tasha, 12th grade, represented Mid-Pacific School of the Arts in Honolulu and won over a competitive field of 11 students representing high schools on Kauaʻi, Maui, Oʻahu, and Hawaiʻi Island. Due to the on-going pandemic, the Hawaiʻi finals were held as a video submission contest in early March. The first runner-up was Alana Clayson, 10th grade from Punahou School. The third place winner was Tessa Chin, 11th grade from Maui Preparatory Academy.

“I was very surprised to find out that I’d won the State competition. I felt honored for the opportunity to represent my state in the National competition, but also intimidated at the same time” shared Tasha after winning. “Poetry Out Loud has been a topic in my family for years. After my older sister participated a few years ago, I felt driven to as well. Due to COVID, the competitive process was much different than previous years, but ultimately a very organized, eventful, and fun experience.”

Read more on the SFCA website:

Photo: Tasha Kanoa, courtesy Tasha Kanoa
2022 Hawaiʻi Poetry Out Loud Champion

SFCA Grantee Spotlight

Get a preview of the production in this short video!

Honolulu Theatre for Youth “ʻImi Ā Loaʻa: Search and Find”
Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY)’s newest production uses computer tablets and augmented reality (AR) to create a new kind of theatrical experience. Live actors join the digital experience and guides lead the audience in small groups on a short walking tour to nearby destinations including the State Art Museum. Show dates May 7, May 15, and May 21. For more information and tickets, please visit the HTY website:

Photo: HTY performers in the Sculpture Garden at the State Art Museum.

SFCA in the Media
KHON2’s “Living 808” television program will feature the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum in a segment scheduled to air Wednesday, May 4 between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.

KHON2 is also hosting a special on the 175th anniversary of Washington Place, honoring the legacy of Queen Liliʻuokalani and her music, her life as a resident of the home, the home’s architecture, and history. SFCA is providing financial support for this special programming, which will air the week of May 22.

Grants and Opportunities

Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)
OHA grants for organizations include the Educational Pathways Grants, supporting initiatives, leveraging partnerships, engaging in strategies to develop educational pathways that strengthen culture-based education, early education, K-12 and post-secondary education will ensure that Native Hawaiians are grounded in their past while participating in a technologically oriented future. Cycle 2 opens September 1, 2022.
Learn more about OHA Grants Program on the OHA website:

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Webinar: An Introduction to the Arts Public Funding Ecosystem, Wednesday, May 4, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time (HST). Are you familiar with the funding opportunities for arts organizations at the federal, regional, state, and local levels of government? Would you like to learn more about which NEA grant program for organizations is the right fit for your project? Please join NEA staff members and representatives from arts agencies across the country for an overview of grantmaking opportunities for arts organizations. Register on

Volunteer to be a National Endowment for the Arts Panelist: Arts Endowment panelists play a central role in reviewing applications for funding. The NEA relies on panels composed of individuals who represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints, as well as wide geographic and ethnic diversity, to provide advice about the artistic excellence and artistic merit of proposals in a variety of funding categories. Panels are composed of both arts professionals and knowledgeable laypersons. Most panelists are arts professionals who are qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/or experience in one or more art forms. Every panel also includes a layperson – someone knowledgeable about the arts but not engaged in the arts as a profession either full- or part-time. Learn more on the NEA website:

Research and Resources

Go Hawaiʻi Event Calendars features event calendars for each island, listing events representing Hawaiʻi’s culture, art and music, cuisine, sports, and festivals. Find events or register to post event information for free. GoHawaii is operated by the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau, with a mission to create sustainable, diversified, travel destination demand for the Hawaiian Islands.

Acquisition Award Selection Committees (AASCs) Upcoming Exhibit Visits

Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) visits continue to provide important support for artists and arts organization venues statewide. The SFCA has conducted over 20 AASC visits during the pandemic so far.
Exhibit holders invite the SFCA to send an AASC (
application information on the SFCA website), and the qualifying invitations are presented to the SFCA Board of Commissioners for approval.

The SFCA Board of Commissioners recently approved Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) visits to these exhibits:
Oʻahu - “Hawaiʻi Watercolor Society 2022 Open Exhibition”. Downtown Art Center (Honolulu). Watercolor, juried. August 2 - 22, 2022.
Hawaiʻi Island - “Huakaʻi/Journey”, Firehouse Gallery (Waimea). Mixed media, juried. July 1 - August 31, 2022.

Approved AASC visits are also posted on the SFCA's website: Selling Your Art.

Learn more about selling your art

Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM)

Head to HiSAM
Two large ceramic sculptures by Jun Kaneko now greet visitors to the No. 1 Capitol District building (home to the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum along with several other state offices). Previously on display in the “EMPHASIZED: eye on scale” exhibit in the State Art Museum (2017-2020), these sculptures are now permanently installed at the Richards Street entrance to the building.

Each sculpture weighs 1,800 pounds and are on custom built steel stands. June Kaneko has been an active artist for over five decades. Known foremost for his ceramic art, he also works in glass, painting, set designs for operas, and large-scale public commissions. Kaneko’s work resides in hundreds of prestigious museums and private collections worldwide. These sculptures are two of the eight pieces by Kaneko in the SFCA’s Art in Public Places Collection, which includes the three “Tropical Sounds” sculptures at the Waikīkī Aquarium. “Untitled Head I”, with clearly defined facial features, represents the reality of humankind and “Untitled Head II”, with subtle facial features, reflects the spirit of humankind.

SFCA Executive Director Jonathan Johnson enjoys having sculptures of this scale and prominence available to the general public and has been planning to have the sculptures installed on the lawn since the acquisition of the sculptures in 2017.

Photo: Museum visitors pose for a photo with “Untitled Head I” and “Untitled Head II”, black and white ceramic glazed sculptures by Jun Kaneko, 1995.

Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

2022 Young Artists of Hawaiʻi
Exhibit opens Saturday May 14! Award-winning artworks by Hawaiʻi students grades K - 6 on the theme “What Makes a Great Leader.” The 2022 Young Artists of Hawaiʻi Art Exhibition will be on display at the State Art Museum in downtown Honolulu from Saturday May 14 – Saturday June 25, 2022. A replica of the exhibition will be on display at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center’s Pa Kamaliʻi Courtyard June 2022 – March 2023.
Image: visitors at a previous Young Artists of Hawaiʻi exhibit.

Events at the State Art Museum

First Friday, Friday May 6, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., all ages evening of live entertainment. Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022 closing celebration.
Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi Season 3, film screening and question and answer session, 6:00 p.m.
The Vibe Jazz Night, Friday May 13, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Super Saturday, all ages family-friendly art making and live entertainment, Saturday May 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hawaiʻi Triennial exhibit tour with Drew Broderick, Fridays 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (
Check the HiSAM website calendar for additional information:

HiSAM Calendar

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Arts and Culture Calendar

This arts and culture calendar features SFCA grantees, partners, and Hawaiʻi state government programs and events. A longer version calendar is also available on the SFCA website:

Chamber Music Hawaii Tresemble, 5/21 University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Orvis Auditorium and 5/23 Palikū Theatre at Windward Community College (Kāneʻohe). World premiere by Leilehua Lanzilotti 5/28 at Lahaina Noon, “Sky Gate” sculpture at Honolulu Hale. For more information and tickets, please visit the Chamber Music Hawaii website:
Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) “O Kalani” exhibition at the Schaefer International Gallery, through June 18. Featuring artworks by Sean Kekamakupaʻaikapono Kaʻonohiokalani Lee Loy Browne and Imaikalani Kalahele. Observe and Play Family Day May 7; view and explore activities and art making for all ages (free). For more information, please visit the MACC website:
2022 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, through May 8. For more information:
SFCA Arts and Culture Calendar (May 2022)

SFCA Office

The SFCA office is open by appointment. SFCA is operating in a hybrid model of teleworking where all staff are available by email or telephone. If you aren’t sure who to contact, email or call (808) 586-0300 and leave a voice message, including your name and telephone number.

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The mission of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is to promote, perpetuate, preserve and encourage culture and the arts, history and the humanities as central to the quality of life of the people of Hawai‘i. HSFCA funding is provided by the State of Hawai‘i and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Hawai'i State Art Museum is dedicated to presenting the largest and finest collection of works by Hawai'i artists that celebrate the diverse artistic and cultural legacy of Hawai'i.

To promote, perpetuate, preserve and encourage culture and the arts, history and the humanities as central to the quality of life of the people of Hawai`i. HSFCA funding is provided by the State of Hawai`i and the National Endowment for the Arts. The HSFCA is administratively attached to the Department of Accounting and General Services.

The musuem is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed State and Federal Holdays. Always free admission. For pre-recorded information call 586-0900.

The Hawai'i State Art Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For pre-recorded summary information on the museum, call (808) 586-0900. For current museum program information, call the HSFCA Art in Public Places Program at (808) 586-0305. To arrange an educational tour of the museum, call (808) 586-9958.

For information on the HSFCA; the Hawai'i State Art Museum; HSFCA grants, programs, and services; Hawai'i arts and culture events; and USA and worldwide arts opportunities, visit the HSFCA website,

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