Student exhibition opportunities
Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards
Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards is the longest-running, largest and most prestigious student recognition program in the United States. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. The
Hawaii Regional event determines which works will be considered at the national level for exhibits and scholarships, and are exhibited at the Hawaii State Art Museum.
- Congratulations to our public school nominees for the 56th Annual Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards. An exhibit of nominated works will be at the Hawaii State Art Museum Feb. 16-Apr. 18, 2019.
- Gold Key winners will be considered for national exhibits and scholarships to be announced Mar. 13, 2019.
Young Artists of Hawaii
Students in grades K-6 are invited to illustrate their vision of “My Culture, My Family, and Me.” Students who have their artwork selected for the exhibit will be honored at a reception at the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM), where the works will be exhibited May 3 to June 28, 2019. The window for submission to this year's program has closed.
The creativity sparked by arts education develops skills of communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Through the arts, students also gain life skills such as the ability to collaborate with others, the value of practice, and the need for perseverance and hard work to achieve quality. All students should have the opportunity to learn in and through the arts.
Elementary School: Many elementary schools provide art programs within the school day as part of an exploratory wheel, or have their teachers integrate art through core subject area instruction. Many schools also offer art focused extended learning opportunities through after school and summer/winter break programs.
Secondary School: Middle and high schools offer art programs in the Visual Arts, Drama, Dance and/or Music. These programs help to provide students with a well-rounded education and a way to grow as an individual. The Department's graduation requirements allow students to explore this coursework by requiring two credits in either World Language, Fine Arts and Career and Technical Education, and six credits in any subject area. High schools also offer arts programs through their Learning Centers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), Performing Arts and Music.
Arts and the Common Core
Art is a powerful pathway into the
Hawaii Common Core standards, offering students lessons in how to observe, describe, interpret and pursue further inquiry.
Our poster project with the Honolulu Museum and Hanahau‘oli School,
"Read a Work of Art as You Would Read a Book," offers engaging lessons that align deeper learning of Common Core standards with the arts. The project was featured in
this Honolulu Star-Advertiser story on the comeback of performing and visual arts to classrooms.
professional development at the Honolulu Museum of Art that provide intersections of art and Common Core instructional practice.
Students at Lahainaluna High are driving the effort to boost literacy with an assist from the
CTE Arts & Communications Pathway. Check out this
public service announcement, which references the multi-disciplinary span of literacy. "Reading, and understanding what you read, will be your ticket to a very bright future."
The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
The HSFCA sponsors several
arts education programs. They also provide the
Art Bento Program that brings artists into the schools and allows students to visit the Hawaii State Art Museum as part of an excursion. The HSFCA also generously supports the Scholastic Art Awards for secondary students, the Hawaii Convention Center Student Art Exhibition for elementary students, and the Poetry Out Loud competition.
The Hawaii Arts Alliance for Arts Education
The Alliance annually sponsors an Art Institute for elementary school teachers to learn more about how to integrate art into their classroom, as well as art contests for students and the Arts Excellence Awards, which honors and gives cash awards to schools with exemplary arts disciplines. HIDOE and Hawaii Arts Alliance have teamed with Turnaround Arts, a successful national initiative of the President's Committee on Arts and the Humanities, to bring arts integration to three schools: Kalihi Kai Elementary, Waianae Elementary and Kamaile Academy.
View press release.
The Honolulu Museum of Art and Art School
The Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and teaching of the visual arts. The
Art School offers classes for adults and children, and the museum offers
school tours and
outreach programs, as well as
Honolulu Theatre for Youth
Performing arts resources for
students available. Video below shows the how performing arts can be used to help students learn about risk.
Maui Arts and Cultural Center
MACC has teamed with Pomaikai Elementary School to create a fully arts-integrated school. The Center provides a Summer Institute for Educators and PD courses in arts integration during the school year. Their CanDo! Days give students in grades 1-5 the opportunity to participate in a full day of arts learning.
The Hanahau‘oli School Professional Development Center
Professional Development Center at Hanahauʻoli School offers workshops and coursework for educators with a particular emphasis upon early childhood and the elementary years. Programs include teachers from both public and independent schools, joining together to create learning communities that foster 21st century skills. Opportunities range from one-time workshops to multi-week courses and institutes with follow-up support, application sessions, and thematic unit development.
Hawaii Opera Theatre
HOT reaches thousands of students each year via student dress rehearsals, tours to schools, school residencies and more.
EWC Arts Program offers exhibitions, performances, and artists' lecture-demonstrations to the public, and invites Oahu teachers to bring school groups to its educational outreach programs especially designed for students.
The Mele Murals program creates art in public spaces locally and globally with artists, youth, educators, and activists in order to raise awareness and inspire action in the movement to resolve human and environmental issues. See this mural completed at
Kaimukī High that is connected with Mālama Honua.
Surf Art Kids: Hilton Alves
Surf Art Kids, created by Hilton Alves, is a social project designed to expose children and youth to environmental awareness and foster in them a respect and love for the ocean through art. The initiative aims to bring marine art into the lives of the youth through social activities. See the mural component of the
Legacy Project at Kanoelani Elementary.
art studio for children, located in Kaimuki, provides a fun, safe place where children of all ages have the opportunity to create freely. Offering
workshops, after school programs, in-studio
field trips, and
Open Studio (drop-in hours). Art Explorium focuses on the creative reuse of items that are normally thrown away such as corks, bottle caps, fabric scraps, cereal boxes and more. Creative reuse
resources for educators include project ideas and art supplies.
Nurturing a lifelong passion for art [VIEW]
Leilehua High students make their mark in national Scholastic Art Awards program [VIEW]
NEA Chair sees action in Hawaii public schools [VIEW]
Arts, Common Core and a first-year DOE teacher meet at Honolulu Museum [VIEW]
Students shine in Scholastic Art Awards regional competition [VIEW]
Celebrating Hawaii comes easy for Student Art Exhibition participants [VIEW]
Maui Arts & Cultural Center connects students to a legend [VIEW]
Arts in the news
Arts program strengthens students' critical thinking | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"It's not just adding an art project to the established curriculum, but really using the strategies," said Kalihi Kai Elementary Principal Laura Vines. One is called "visual thinking strategy" and involves observing, describing and interpreting, then making corrections and asking questions. It's very different from rote memorization and calls upon the students to use a higher level of thinking." [VIEW]