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HAWAI‘I ARTS ALLIANCE (Hawai‘i Alliance for Arts in Education)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Education

Mission: For 30 years, the Hawaii Alliance has been promoting ALL the arts as essential to the complete education of all children, and an effective vehicle for community engagement.

Our mission compels us to provide children with direct experience with the arts and the creative artists. The Alliance serves as a vital communication link between the arts and education communities and the community as a whole.

Programs: 1. COMMUNITY: "Ohana Arts" programs serve families and communities throughout the state, providing intergenerational culture and arts education, bringing together all ages in creative sharing. Over 20,000 in economically disadvantaged areas in the state have been reached.

2. EDUCATION: We provide professional development for 100 artists and teachers focusing on revised Fine Arts Standards. We work in close partnership with the state Dept. of Education, the University of Hawaii College of Education, the University of Hawaii College of Arts & Humanities, the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and the state arts agency, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

3. RECOGNITION: Annually we honor 3 public and 3 independent schools for arts excellence plus an individual for lifetime devotion to arts education.

4. ARTISTS in HAWAII GUIDE: We publish to only comprehensive guide for all artists in the state, in print and online at


Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Roberta W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Comments ( 1 )


arts2 05/30/2012

We love and strongly support the Performing Arts Learning Centers - all the PALCs do terrific work and are great assets in the community!