The Hawaii Arts Alliance has been in my life before I knew what the Alliance was! Having grown up in HI and attending school here and going to functions at Marks Garage I never knew that most of the programs available could not have happened with with the help of the Hawaii Arts Alliance. The incubator programs like the ARTS at Marks have truly made a difference in the Chinatown community as well as their support of new art groups like Playbuilders and Youth Speaks Hawaii encourages creativity in the community. More importantly, it's how hard the Alliance works to keep art programs alive in schools. Having been in many an art class I have seen the decline in a lot of funding for classes. One year I remember all of our supplies had to be brought from home. There was no funding available for supplies, so if the student was of low income, that student wasn't going to get to paint without a helping hand form another student. This is a wonderful organization.
The Kauai Performing Arts Center received matching grants from the Hawai"i Arts Alliance for two of the last three years. This center, which creates a for credit theater program for the middle and high school students for the entire island of Kauai, has been in danger of being eliminated for lack of state funding since the beginning of the recession . When the community comes year after year to the shows they present the comments are always that their expectations were exceeded. The students relate that their learning experience was one that carried over into all areas of their lives. Many years later they say how their ability to cooperate in work situations, their language skills, etc. were all hugely enhanced by their experience in this theater program.
We love and strongly support the Performing Arts Learning Centers - all the PALCs do terrific work and are great assets in the community!