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ARTS OF KONA
January 28, 2011

The first Youth Artist Showcase sponsored by Arts of Kona generated a response from students and parents alike that had them talking about the experience for weeks after the event. Students already involved in the Arts generated a lot of interest to a number of students and the parents of students that were not involved in the arts and inspired them to become involved. During the second Youth Artist Showcase, it was truly heart warming to see the look and awe on the faces of students who came to share their art with the various artistic expressions of their peers; each participant, learning and growing in the process. Arts of Kona made this tremendous transformation possible by providing the vehicle for students to share their art with their peers, friends and ohana in a nurturing neutral place.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I witnessed the increase in student participation from 2009 to 2010. Also more parents attended the second event and were favorably impressed by the organization and execution of the event.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can think of no changes. Arts of Kona, like many other charitable organizations have their expansion and outreach constrained by the crippled economy. While Arts of Kona continues to try to recruit more volunteers, the pool of volunteers is somewhat limited because of the sheer number of volunteer organizations in the area. The organization is limited by the difficulty of attracting and keeping committed volunteers.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I coordinated the student audio/visual presentations and helped with setup and planning for the event.