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Strengthening Hawaii's Communities
Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund

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Laila Twigg-Smith

Laila Twigg-Smith (12-12-44 to 3-24-98) was a well-known art collector, patron of artists and museums, artist and visionary. Her lively spirit and incredible eye were apparent in everything she did--from the exhibitions she curated at The Contemporary Arts Center, to the development of her private art collection, and the founding and vitality of The Contemporary Museum. Laila was admired and esteemed as an ambassador for Hawaii and its art, and she touched many with her generosity. Her ambition was always to inspire creativity, to be a catalyst, to galvanize action, to effect change and make a difference. The Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund (LAF) continues this legacy in her name. It aims to nurture and promote Hawaii as a global center for the exchange of contemporary arts and artists.The LAF is intended to support projects and initiatives that afford artists opportunities to immerse themselves in new environments, to absorb different influences, and to realize fresh visions free of the issues of day-to-day survival.

Artists in Residence

The Artists in Residence grant program seeks to fund innovative programs that provide an opportunity for recognized, outstanding artists (including but not limited to visual artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and other performing artists) to be in Hawai‘i for long-term residencies that actively involve Hawai‘i-based artists and the community. Residencies provide opportunities for Hawai‘i-based artists to learn from the artist(s) in residence through dynamic, engaging, meaningful interactions, which have the potential for long-term impact in the community.

The Artists in Residence grant program is accepting applications.The deadline to apply online through HCF’s Grants Portal is Friday, June 7, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. HST

Associated Files:

Artists in Residence 2024 Funding Opportunity, updated 5/1/2024

Frequently Asked Questions (5/1/2024)

Artists in Residence Schedule of Residency Activities Template

Program Budget Form

Contact Elise von Dohlen at evondohlen@hcf-hawaii.org if you have any questions.