The CHANGE Framework

Community & Economy

Arts & Culture

Engagement in arts and culture is deeply tied to our identities as individuals, families, and communities. People who participate in arts and culture—those who attend the largest number of arts and cultural events—are more likely to be civically active: volunteering, donating to charity, and voting.

Hawaii is strengthened by its vibrant multiculturalism and the contributions of Native Hawaiian culture and history to the arts. By fostering more opportunities for residents to participate in arts and cultural experiences, Hawaii’s communities and economy benefit.

Indicator: Diverse art and cultural opportunities
Individuals and families in Hawaii need affordable and equitable access to diverse opportunities to experience and participate in arts and culture both at home and in the community. Although a greater share of people in Hawaii read (compared to the U.S. average), attendance at performing and visual arts events or experience performing or creating art is below the U.S. average.

Data point

  • Socializing with friends and family members is the most common motivation for arts attendance. But common barriers to attendance include lack of time, high cost, and difficulty getting to the location. Other significant barriers to attendance including finding the exhibit or performance venue too difficult to get to and not having anyone to go with.

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Source: https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/when-going-gets-tough-revised2.pdf

The National Endowment for Arts’ (NEA) Survey of Public Participation in the Arts has found decreasing attendance at arts and cultural events over time. Even though arts attendance has been declining over the last two decades, there was a recent small uptick in some arts attendance in the 2017 survey from 2012.

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Indicator: Arts Education
The arts help youth learn important skills of creativity, creative thinking, and visual interpretation and expression. Since 2008, the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Hawaii Community Foundation have supported Artists in the Schools, a program that builds ties between art and students’ learning by working with resident artists.

Data point

  • Each year, more than 100 schools and thousands of students across Hawaii benefit from collaboration with Artists in the Schools.

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Indicator: Artists and arts institutions
In Hawaii, spending by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences totaled $205.6 million. This spending--$125.9 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $79.7 million in event-related spending by their audiences—supports 5,968 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $154.1 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $23.2 million in local and state government revenue.

Data point

  • Hawaii’s creative industry is made up of 48,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses accounting for 6% of jobs and 4.5% of Hawaii’s GDP.

When we support the arts, we not only enhance the quality of life for residents, but also invest in the State of Hawaii’s economic well-being.

Efforts underway

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