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Allison Wong joins Hawaiʻi’s state arts agency

Allison Wong has joined the team at the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts as Executive Director, effective August 1, 2022.

Allison Wong has joined the team at the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) as Executive Director, effective August 1, 2022. A leader in Hawaiʻi’s arts community for over a decade, Ms. Wong has a passion for championing the power of culture and art to promote connection, enrich the human experience, and transform lives and communities.

“Passing the torch to Allison Wong is exciting for myself, the agency and the community. We are fortunate to have a capable individual in Allison and a strong foundation with Art in Public Places Program/Hawaiʻi State Art Museum Director Karen Ewald and SFCA staff. I look forward to watching an exciting new chapter of the agency unfold.” - Jonathan Johnson, outgoing SFCA Executive Director

Her exceptional leadership and achievements as Executive Director at The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and as Deputy Director of Administration and Operations at the Honolulu Museum of Art are among the many reasons why the SFCA Board of Commissioners selected Ms. Wong from a pool of many highly qualified candidates.

“I am so pleased for the State Foundation of the Arts, as well as the larger cultural community, that Allison Wong has agreed to take on the role of Executive Director of the agency. We had many qualified candidates, but Allison Wong’s credentials, passion and abilities were unmatched. I would like to also thank Jonathan Johnson for his tireless work these past many years, I know that he agrees that the SFCA is in great hands and that the future looks incredibly bright for Arts and Culture in Hawaiʻi as Allison Wong comes to the helm.” – Karen Tiller Polivka, board member and Chair of administrative committee

Most recently, Ms. Wong has served Hawaiʻi’s arts and culture community as an SFCA board commissioner (a governor appointed volunteer position) and as Director of Partnerships for Hawaiʻi Contemporary (formerly the Honolulu Biennial Foundation). She looks forward to leading the SFCA to have an even greater impact for our community.

“I would like to thank Mr. Jonathan Johnson for his years of service with SFCA and his most successful leadership as the Executive Director these past final eight years ending June 30, 2022. As we will transition to Ms. Allison Wong effective August 1, we will have an interim Executive Director, Ms. Karen Ewald. The continued success of SFCA’s program has been well executed by the SFCA Commission Members for the transition of Leadership.” - Lloyd Unebasami, Board Chair

About the SFCA
The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) was established by the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 1965 as the official arts agency of the State of Hawai‘i. State arts agencies increase public access to the arts and work to ensure that every community in the United States enjoys the cultural, civic, economic, and educational benefits of a thriving arts sector.

The mission on the SFCA is to Promote, perpetuate and preserve culture and arts in Hawaiʻi. The Strategic Priorities of the agency focus on supporting the artistic expressions of Hawaiʻi’s diverse cultures and communities, enhancing public engagement in culture and the arts, strengthening arts education for all learners, and enriching the public sphere through the arts.

SFCA funding is provided by the State of Hawaiʻi and the National Endowment for the Arts. SFCA administratively attached to the
Department of Accounting and General Services (Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 9).

About the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum
The Hawai‘i State Art Museum is a free public art museum in downtown Honolulu featuring exhibitions curated from the Art in Public Places Collection and student exhibitions. Located adjacent to the State Capitol, Iolani Palace, and the State Library, the State Art Museum is an educational teaching tool for students, teachers, visitors and the public. The museum is open Monday–Saturday and offers free entertainment and activities.

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