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Strengthening Hawai‘i’s Communities
ARTS and CULTURE

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Arts and culture are essential for vibrant, healthy, and engaged communities.

They provide opportunities for creative expression and innovative problem solving. They bring beauty to our lives and enable us to connect with others, profoundly benefiting our individual and collective well-being. HCF recognizes arts and culture as essential to the fabric of Hawai‘i, and an important area of focus in need of support.

Learn more about HCF’s Arts and Culture grant programs below.

Artists in the Schools

In partnership with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, HCF’s Artists in the Schools program awards funding to support qualified teaching artists to conduct arts residencies within public and charter schools based on the Fine Arts Standards from the Department of Education. The Artists in the Schools program increases access to arts education for keiki.

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Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund

Laila Twigg-Smith (December 12, 1944 – March 24, 1998) was a well-known art collector, patron of artists and museums, artist, and visionary. The Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund continues this legacy in her name to nurture and promote Hawaiʻi as a global center for the exchange of contemporary arts and artists. The fund’s programs include an Artists in Residence grant program and scholarships.

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MUSEUM WITHOUT WALLS

In partnership with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, HCF’s Museum Without Walls Arts Education Initiative increases access to arts education in Hawaiʻi. It supports residencies focused on the fine arts targeted to reach participants and communities that often experience barriers or challenges to accessing arts education.

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