Big Island town to participate in nationwide ‘Arts for EveryBody’ project where local artists will celebrate culture and community
Hilo is one of 18 cities and towns across America that will simultaneously premiere an array of large-scale, site-specific participatory art projects on July 27, 2024.
Inspired by the 1936 Federal Theatre Project where 18 cities and towns presented their own interpretations of the anti-fascist play “It Can’t Happen Here,” a new campaign from One Nation/One Project titled Arts For EveryBody will bring local artists together to show how the arts can lead to healthier people and healthier communities.
Local nonprofit Vibrant Hawai’i will support a year-long fellowship for up to 12 artists to create art that enhances collective well-being, celebrates diverse stories of culture in Hawaiʻi, and builds community resilience and social cohesion. Together, these artists will amplify the unique voices and stories of the Hawaiian people through various art expressions.ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW ADARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD
Artists will gain access to industry experts in business, planning, marketing and other areas that support their growth as artistic entrepreneurs and working artists.
“Arts for EveryBody is an opportunity to demonstrate to the community how arts can help achieve community healing and well-being,” said Janice Ikeda, executive director of Vibrant Hawaiʻi. “Our hope is that the artists will take what they learn through the one year Fellowship to help create social connectedness beyond July 2024.
“To ensure representation and inclusion, we are seeking artists of all backgrounds and artistic disciplines, including but not limited to storytelling, visual art, music, theater, and traditional arts. We aim to select one artist from each of our nine county districts.”ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD
Arts for EveryBody is co-directed by national arts leaders Lear deBessonet, Nataki Garrett and Clyde Valentin and seeks to bring about a new awareness around the value arts can have on the health of people and their community.
“Arts for Everybody aims to create an electric new awareness around the value arts can bring to the actual health of people and their community. Our hope is that the Arts for EveryBody experience will spark emotions that connect participants to their communities and each other,” said the co-artistic directors of Arts for EveryBody.
Arts for EveryBody has commissioned a series of new research studies to further examine the connection between arts participation and the health of a community.ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD
To learn more about Hilo’s project and the entire Arts For EveryBody initiative, visit www.artsforeverybody.org.