In 2012-2013 HAPA & The ARTS at Marks Garage won:
2013 U.S. Small Business Administration Minority Small Business Champion
of The City and County of Honolulu for “dedicated efforts to establish a vibrant sector of entrepreneurial artists who thrive in our community.”
2013 Award of Merit in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Community
from Kirk Caldwell, Mayor of Honolulu
2013 Council of the City and County of Honolulu Certificate
for “Preserving, Protecting and Promoting Culture, The Arts and Economic Viability on Oahu”
2012 Business Leadership Hawaii Award
for Non-Profit Businesses Leadership from Pacific Business News,
Cades Schutte - Cades Foundation
2012 Hall of Fame Proclamation
for "Excellence in the Perpetuation of the Arts & Culture"
from Honolulu Mayor, Peter Carlisle
The ARTS at Marks Garage is a ten-year old community arts center attracting over 30,000 people annually to 12 major exhibits and over 150 performances, lectures, screenings, workshops. It is an incubator for over a dozen performance and visual arts groups, and offers creative classes for neighborhood youth. Marks sponsors the creative revitalization of the downtown-Chinatown area through neighborhood relations, street festivals, the Gallery Walk Map, First Friday Honolulu and other community celebrations.
To transform our community with the power of the arts, and establish Chinatown, Honolulu as the creative capital of the pacific.
· Cultivate Creativity and Provide Arts Education by managing Chinatown Artist Lofts and presenting over 150 theater performances and 12 gallery exhibits annually.
· Develop Youth Potential through poetry workshops, arts instruction, and creative job training for low-income immigrants.
· Provide Community Leadership for artists, organizations, neighbors and partners, while continuing to host street festivals, First Friday Honolulu and community celebrations.
· Provide Space and Time for the Arts by managing places and schedules for gallery, performance, office and live/work.
Success Stories: First Friday Honolulu, Chinatown Artists Lofts, Hallowballoo Music + Arts festival, Roberta Oaks Design, Cherry Blossom Cabaret, Chinatown Art Corps, Slow Art Friday, Improvaganza: Hawaii Festival of Improv, Healthy-Bound Chinatown, Bright Ideas Awards, Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, MAMo: Maoli Arts Month annual exhibit and more.
Support: Marks programming and improvements through
the 501(c)(3) nonprofit HAPA: Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts, now solely
responsible for Marks and Chinatown
Artists Lofts. If you are interested in helping Marks, but aren't sure how you can help, please consider becoming one of our 1001 Friends.
Key Accomplishments: 30,000 visitors attend Marks exhibits and performances annually. Marks started First Fridays to rejuvenate the area and strengthen the arts community. Over 100,000 now attend community events annually. Marks emerged as an anchor of downtown-Chinatown and its existence helped spearhead the revitalization of the neighborhood. It is the only collaborative, nonprofit, artist-run, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary community arts center in Honolulu. Marks has been funded by major grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation, and Ford Foundation for art production, presentation, and promotion of the conscientious revitalization of Chinatown.
by the New York Times, Dwell Magazine, and Lonely Planet
travel guides. Honolulu Advertiser said, “The ARTS at Marks Garage gives residents
a reason to frequent Chinatown.” Elle Decor said Marks is “One of Honolulu’s first
multipurpose performance spaces and still host to Oahu’s most cutting-edge
visual-arts exhibitions and live presentations.” Honolulu Weekly said, HAPA “artist
lofts on Hotel Street represents a significant step toward anchoring Honolulu’s
creative leaders in a district that has, in many ways, always been the city’s
Hawaii Public Radio - Audio Clip
Alterna-APEC or How Art Helps Communities Envision the Future, Now at Marks Garage.mp3
The ARTS at Marks Garage at a glance:
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