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Summmer 2006                                                                                                               Volume XII, No. 2

Chinatown Summit                               oped the Downtown-Chinatown Gallery             ages and supports community efforts to
                                               Walk Map for FIRST FRIDAYS. The first           preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural
The Mayor’s Chinatown Summit was               edition, 3 years ago, had about 8 sites. The    heritage. Chinatown Honolulu is the
held on June 22, at the Hawai‘i Theatre        current map has 34 arts sites along with 41     seventh urban neighborhood in the na-
Center. It showcased an array of speakers      restaurants plus 34 other food venues.          tion to receive this designation which
on the state of Chinatown and thoughts                                                         requires a track record of working with
                                               • Neighborhood Identity
about how to develop this culturally rich                                                      municipal government to promote the
                                               Neighborhood identity is a fluid concept
and historic district.                                                                         area’s cultural and natural heritage. Ob-
                                               dependent on several factors including
Representing the Alliance and our com-         historic architecture limited by a 40-foot      tained by Honolulu Culture & Arts Dis-
munity project, The ARTS at Marks Garage,      height and common walls between build-          trict, support came from the neighbor-
Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau shared community            ings, the resident population and its charac-   hood board, Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
opinion on a variety of citizen concerns       ter, dependence on continual immigration,       City Council Member Rod Tam, the Of-
gathered at Talk Any Kine Festival and other   unique area businesses with their customer      fice of Economic Development, the His-
outreach events. Alliance CEO, Marilyn         base, and community self-perception.            toric Hawaii Foundation and the State
Cristofori presented “Arts in Chinatown”                                                       Historic Preservation divisions.
                                               • Community Voice
to give an overview of how arts & culture                                                      The benefit of this desgination is access
                                               An important part of the neighborhood
has made an impact on the area.The Al-                                                         to federal funding for promotion. A des-
                                               identity is to hear the community voice.
liance focuses on three key areas relevant                                                     ignated site can be on the agenda of any
                                               The Alliance’s Talk Any Kine Festival was
to cultural preservation and arts promo-                                                       Presidential visit. It is part of the nation-
                                               a vital and popular event for residents
tion in Chinatown: the Creative Economy,                                                       al trend to combine historic neighbor-
                                               and business owners. In addition to com-
Neighborhood Identity and Community                                                            hoods with arts and culture to strength-
                                               munity gatherings, the Alliance develops
Voice. The Alliance supports the recent                                                        en neighborhood identity. The Alliance
                                               arts programs to connect with families
Preserve America Neighborhood Designa-                                                         helps its community partners maintain
                                               in the neighborhood, to help enrich the
tion obtained through the work of the Ho-                                                      authentic experiences that represent the
                                               social fabric of the area and to provide
nolulu Culture and Arts District (HCAD).                                                       cultural richness of our island home.
                                               a platform for community interaction.
• Creative Economy                             Alliance programs include Families in the
Arts and culture are major assets to the       Park scheduled every FIRST FRIDAY, 4 to
economic and human livability of any city.     5:30 p.m. where special arts-making activi-
In Honolulu, nonprofit arts are a $180.7       ties are offered for children and their care-
million industry attracting audiences, in-     takers. The Alliance sponsors ongoing vi-
spiring business development, supporting       sual and performing arts classes that serve
jobs and generating government revenue.        nearby housing sites–Kukui Tower, Hale
                                               Pauahi, Kekaulike Courtyards, and Har-
Research shows us that arts-rich schools
                                               bor Village. Organized cultural trips help
provide education that far outstrips those
                                               introduce residents to the assets of their
without arts on every level of measure-
                                               own area. These programs engage residents,
ment. The arts build social capital, leading
                                               change how the neighborhood is perceived
to aesthetic, pleasant and livable neighbor-
                                               thereby influencing how it will develop in
hoods and create bridges between often
                                               the future.
very diverse cultures.
                                               • Preserve America Neighborhood
Through our project The ARTS at Marks
Garage the Alliance contributes to promot-      Preserve America Neighborhood Designa-
ing the downtown community. We devel-          tion is a White House initiative that encour-
                           Teaching the arts
ARTS FIRST: An Essential
Arts Toolkit, 2nd Edition                                                                   Summit Education Day Recap
The Hawai‘i Essential Arts Toolkit is                                                  Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture
                                             Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World’s Most
a grade level guide designed for use         Creative People, by Robert and Michele    and the Arts’ 2006 International Cul-
by elementary classroom teachers.            Root-Bernstein. The Root-Bernsteins       tural Summit’s Arts Education day took
Scarcity of instructional time and           identified thirteen thinking tools.       place on May 13, 2006 at the Hawai‘i
the pressures of an already crowded                                                    Convention Center. Keynote speaker
                                             In our professional development work
curriculum necessitate an approach           with teachers in Oahu’s Windward Dis- Eric Booth focused on the unique and
to the arts as an integral part of el-                                                 catalytic piece the arts provide to acti-
                                             trict, we selected three combinations of
ementary classroom learning. This            the Root-Bernsteins’ tools: 1) observing, vate learning in the classroom. He re-
guide focuses on the most essential
                                             2) recognizing and forming patterns, kindled the commitment and passion
arts content for every child in Hawai‘i                                                that many in the audience have for arts
                                             3) representing – a combination of body
elementary schools.                          thinking, modeling and transforming. education. He applauded Hawai‘i’s
To effectively link essential arts learn-    We discovered that non-arts teachers teaching artists as being among the best
                                                                                       in the nation.
ing to other classroom instruction, the      quickly understood the power of using
Toolkit consolidates the Hawai‘i Stan-       these tools in their classrooms.
                                                                                       A plenary session with Deb Brzoska
dards for dance, drama/theatre, music,       Through observing, students examine and Dan Kelin introduced the newly
and visual arts under three overlapping
                                             details closely, yielding deeper under- revised ARTS FIRST Essential Arts
“big ideas”:
                                             standing of the subject. Patterning is Toolkit. Participants were introduced
1. How the Arts are Organized (Ele-          involved with the discovery of nature’s to the “thinking in threes” concept of
ments/Principles of the Arts)                laws and the structure of mathematics, the Toolkit and experienced an arts in-
2. How the Arts Communicate                  but also the rhymes and rhythms of tegrated lesson in drama and language
                                             language, dance, music and the formal arts. After lunch, breakout sessions in
By studying the process of the arts,
                                             intentions of the artist. Representing dance, music, visual arts, and writing
students build literacy and develop
                                             involves creating metaphors and analo- were offered.
critical thinking, analysis, and interpre-
                                             gies, expressing ideas bodily, playing
tive skills.
                                             characters, and dimensional thinking Coming together on a day such as this
3. How the Arts Shape and Reflect Cul-       – the imaginative ability to take a thing revitalizes and invigorates educators,
ture. Through the study of the arts, stu-    mentally from a flat plane into three artists, and supporters of arts educa-
dents gain a greater understanding of        dimensions.                               tion alike.
their own culture as well as prepare for
                                             The 2nd Edition of the Toolkit                          Dance lesson for teaching artists and
global citizenship.
                                             combines these ideas in easy–to–use                       educators on Education Day at the
In designing the Toolkit, Hawai‘i artists    classroom lessons,                           International Cultural Summit, May 13, 2006.
and educators spent many years think-        templates,
ing deeply about arts education. We          and other
       The new Toolkit will be               resources.
     available online August 1 at, and
     can be downloaded as a pdf.
asked, “What do the arts do for chil-
dren that nothing else does so well?”
One of the texts that moved our think-
ing forward was Sparks of Genius: The

Hawaiʻi’s Teaching Artists                 A group of advanced level teaching art-             Lee, Arts in Education Coordinator
are the Best in the Nation                 ists gathered at Shangri-La on May 12,              at (808) 586-0768. The Guidelines &
                                           2006 for a one-day retreat to report and            Application Forms for Artistic Teach-
Hawai‘i’s teaching artists have been       reflect on their work in arts education.            ing Partners are also available online at
trained to develop arts integrated stan-   National arts education consultants Deb   
dards-based instruction and to men-        Brzoska and Eric Booth facilitated the              grams/arteducation.asp.
tor classroom teachers. Our teaching       day’s discussion.
artists fill the void at the
elementary school level                                                                         Upcoming Professional
where there is a lack of                                                                        Development for Teachers
arts specialists.
                                                                                                Reserve these dates!
The interaction between
classroom teachers and art-                                                                     Visual Literacy in the Gallery with
ists gives teachers opportu-                                                                    Neida Bangerter and Paul Wood. Using
nities to fully comprehend                                                                      the HiSAM art collection as inspiration,
the elements and princi-                                                                        explore the use of visual arts and writing
ples of the arts and to learn                                                                   as vehicles to enhance your student’s
effective arts instructional                                                                    ability to think visually and communi-
practice. A model that has                                                                      cate ideas!
proven effective in Hawai‘i                                                                     Neida Bangerter is a teaching artist on
is to have both artists and                Bottom row (l to r): Lisa Louise Adams, Deb
                                           Brzoska, Susana Browne, Eric Booth, Dan Kelin,       Maui providing programs and services
classroom teachers attend weeklong         Neida Bangerter, Kathy Chock, Vivien Lee 2nd         in professional development for teach-
summer Institutes to gain a working        row (l to r): Vicky Robbins, Maggie Costigan,        ers, artists, schools and organizations.
knowledge of the Essential Arts Tool-      Carolyn Wright, Noni FloydStanding (l to r): Mau-
kit. At each Institute, teachers attend    liola Cook, Mardi Swatek, Norma Chun, Denise         Paul Wood is a Maui-based writer who
hands-on sessions led by teaching
                                           Miyahana, Marcia Pasqua, Paul Wood, James Mc-        uses creative-writing techniques to boost
                                           Carthy, Liz Train, Cheryl Treiber-Kawaoka, Jamie     student performance in basic literacy
artists that are focused on integrating    Simpson, Lei Ahsing                                  skills. His original teaching system,
arts content with benchmarks in other                                                           called “imagination coaching,” works
core subjects.                            If you are a professional artist or an arts           for all students and is particularly effec-
                                          organization that exemplifies artistic ex-            tive with lower elementary grades. Both
Teachers also receive an artist mentor cellence and enjoys engaging students                    presenters are on the Artistic Teaching
to assist them in the development of in- in the creative process, you may qualify               Partner roster with the Hawai‘i State
tegrated arts lessons that will be taught as an Artistic Teaching Partner (ATP)                 Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
in their classrooms. Following lesson with the Hawai‘i State Foundation on
planning, the mentor first demonstrates Culture and the Arts (HSFCA) Arts in                    Place: Hawai‘i State Art Museum
arts instruction in the classroom, then Education Program. Artistic Teaching                    Dates: Saturday, October 28 &
co-teaches an integrated lesson with the Partners are eligible to present stan-                        November 5, 2006
teacher, and finally observes the teach- dards-based fine arts residencies of                   Times: 9:45 am – 4:00 pm
er, providing helpful feedback along 10 sessions or more in public schools
the way.                                  (such as the Artists in
                                          the Schools Program) or
At the recent Hawai‘i State Founda- in private schools, pres-
tion on Culture and the Arts’ 2006 ent professional devel-
International Cultural Summit, Arts opment workshops for
Education Day, keynote speaker Eric teachers and teaching
Booth touted Hawai‘i’s teaching artists artists, and mentor teach-
as being some of the best in the field. ers and emerging teach-
This speaks highly of the excellence of ing artists. For eligibility
artist educators who are committed to requirements, selection
providing quality arts education experi- process and application
ences to Hawai‘i’s children.              forms, contact Vivien
Building community through the arts
                                THE ARTS AT MARKS GARAGE

                                             public restrooms will help address the is-
                                             sue. Imagine walking to your favorite Viet-
Community Speaks Out                         namese restaurant and having to walk past
                                             a urine-soaked entryway ... it’s not a pretty
With the help of many active community       picture! This is an issue that the commu-
members in Chinatown, Marks organized a      nity faces daily. Besides public restrooms,
community-gathering event on a Saturday      many also feel that this neighborhood
afternoon, a time when many residents        could use more trash bins.
were able to participate.
                                             • On the topic of traffic safety for pedes-
“Talk Any Kine Festival” enabled China-      trians—particularly students and seniors,
town residents to come together at the       they would like to see crosswalks and side-
Smith/Beretania park on March 18 and         walks improved. Several intersections are
share their vision about the issues that     reported to be especially dangerous be-
impact their neighborhood and quality        cause drivers don’t always stop at the red
of life.                                     light for pedestrians. Many mentioned the
                                             need to improve traffic signals for both pe-
About 300 people attended and 70 people      destrians and cars.
volunteered with facilitating and record-    • Regarding safety, almost everyone feels
ing. We found that 75% of those who at-      safe walking around the neighborhood
                                                                                             • Lastly, the community would like to see
tended live and work in Chinatown—they       during the day, but more than half of
                                                                                             more beautification projects taking place,
include immigrant residents (children,       them said that they still feel unsafe during
                                                                                             such as fixing and painting the buildings,
adults, seniors) and business owners, as     the night. Many think that there are still
                                                                                             planting more trees, and even creating
well as the homeless. These are the people   too many drug activities.
                                                                                             more public spaces.
                                                         • Another finding shows that
                                                                                             If there is one thing that we would like you
                                                         the majority of the residents
                                                                                             to remember, it is the faces of the China-
                                                         choose to live in Chinatown,
                                                                                             town community; from the children who
                                                         not only because of its afford-
                                                                                             walk to school everyday ... to their popo
                                                         ability, but also because of the
                                                                                             who buys their vegetables in the open
                                                         proximity to the workplace,
                                                                                             market every morning; it is their vision to
                                                         school, market, social services
                                                                                             have a livable pedestrian friendly neighbor-
                                                         and public transportation.
                                                                                             hood—safe and clean, as well as affordable.
                                                         Speaking of affordability, 80%
                                                                                             --- Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau
                                                         think that unused 2nd floor
                                                         areas should be turned into af-
                                                                                             Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau is the Community
                                                         fordable rental units. Most of
                                                                                             Facilitator for The ARTS at Marks Garage, a
                                                         them would like to see property
                                                                                             community project of Hawai‘i Arts Alliance.
                                             owners given financial incentives to reno-
who walk to their workplace, to school, to                                                   Her work is to carry Marks’ vision to bring
                                             vate their buildings.
the market in Chinatown everyday. Note                                                       many voices to the table to discuss the needs
that this group represents nearly 10% of     • When asked about the neighborhood             and goals of the residents of Chinatown, and
the resident population of Chinatown.        identity, most already perceive the Chi-        to cultivate this social network. She was a
                                             natown area as a “New Urban Neighbor-           presenter at the Mayor’s Chinatown Summit
The question was asked: What is the com-     hood,” which means a mix of different           and was able to share community feedback
munity’s vision of Chinatown? It’s really    themes, businesses and activities. With         gathered at Talk Any Kine Festival – an all day
about creating a LIVABLE NEIGHBOR-           this perception in mind, the community          event on March 18, that brought the residents
HOOD. What does it look like? One of         welcomes and supports special events such       of this diverse neighborhood together for fun
the biggest concerns is the cleanliness of   as the Chinese New Year, First Friday,          and dialog, facilitated through creativity and
sidewalks. More than 30% feel that having    Night in Chinatown, and many others.            arts activities.
                               Promoting the arts
Hawai`i Creative Industries                     are likely a very conservative estimate.
- An Economic Picture                           There are many more creative individu-
                                                als, groups, and businesses that form the
This Creative Industries report offers a        breadth and width of our creative commu-
research-based approach to understand-          nity. We encourage anyone in this arena
ing the scope and economic importance           to sign up with Dun & Bradstreet through
of the arts in Hawai‘i. The Alliance serves     the Americans for the Arts website as part of
as Hawai‘i’s “state captain” to the national    their “Sign up and Be Counted” campaign.
arts advocacy group, Americans for the          You can find a link to Americans for the Arts
Arts, and received this latest data about our   on our website at www.hawaiiartsalliance.
creative industries.                            org. If you need more information about
                                                signing up for a D&B number, please call
The creative industries are composed            us at 533-2787.
of arts-centric businesses that range
from nonprofit museums, symphonies,
and theaters to for-profit film, architec-
ture, and advertising companies. The
creative industries are the high-octane
fuel that drives the “information econo-
my”— the fastest growing segment of the
nation’s economy.

Nationally, there are 548,000 businesses
in the U.S. involved in the creation or dis-
tribution of the arts that employ 2.9 mil-
lion people—4.3 percent of all businesses
and 2.2 percent of all employees. The
creative industries have remained strong
in comparison to business trends nation-
ally. Between 2004 and 2006, a time when
total number of U.S. businesses dropped
0.2 percent, arts businesses decreased just
0.12 percent. Similarly, while employment
nationally fell 5.6 percent during the same
time period, arts employment dipped just
3.7 percent. The source for these data is
Dun & Bradstreet, the most comprehen-
sive and trusted source for business infor-
mation in the U.S.

As of January 2006, Hawai‘i is home to
2,809 arts-related businesses that employ
12,397 people. These arts-centric busi-
nesses play an important role in building
and sustaining economic vibrancy. They
employ people, spend money locally,
generate government revenue, and are a
cornerstone of tourism and economic de-
velopment. The statistics here provide a
look at Hawai‘i’s creative industries, and
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                                                Network                                   Gail Mukaihata Hannemann, Chair
                                                                                          Joseph Kim, Chair-Elect
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                                                                                          Marilyn Cristofori, Chief Executive Officer
                                                                                          Lei Ahsing, Director, Programs
                                                                                          Janice Brown, Executive Assistant,
                                                                                          The ARTS at Marks Garage
                                                                                          Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau, Community
                                                                                          Facilitator, The ARTS at Marks Garage
                                                                                          Susan Castillejos, Executive Assistant
                                                                                          Esther Izuo, Fiscal Operations
                                                                                          Marla Musick, Director, Communications
                                                                                          Marcia Pasqua, Associate Director, Programs
                                                                                          Rich Richardson, Creative Director,
                                                                                          The ARTS at Marks Garage

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