We're a collaborative gallery, performance and office space for businesses and nonprofit organizations, working to transform downtown Honolulu with the power of the arts.

Photography courtesy of Eric Baranda.



Learn about The ARTS at Marks Garage, a fourteen-year old community center attracting over 45,000 people annually to 12 major exhibits, and over 150 performances, screenings, and workshops.


Meet the Partners of The ARTS at Marks Garage, an assortment of visual arts and creative groups who host events, local programming, and projects in Chinatown and beyond.



Hear what people are saying about The ARTS at Marks Garage and go behind-the-scenes with a timeline of Marks projects, accomplishments, awards, and recognitions. 

Announcing Our New Web store!

Interested in purchasing works from our current and past exhibits? Head over to our web store and you can make purchases from the retail section for the Phone Camera Photos exhibit as well as select pieces in the Bloomingdales' Gallery.



Thresholds 2016

February 2 - February 13, 2016



UHM Outreach College/Pacific New Media is proud to present works by emerging photographers in solo shows at The ARTS at Marks Garage. The first annual Thresholds 2016: Solo Shows by Emerging Photographers, February 2 - 13, will feature  exhibitions by local photographers Jon Shimizu and Leslie Gleim. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 5:00pm. 

An Artists Reception at the gallery takes place on February 5, 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
A free slide show/discussion by the artists will be held on February 4 at 7:00pm in UH Manoa Krauss Hall 012. For more information, visit outreach.hawaii.edu/pnm or call 956-8244.

Jon Shimazu was born and raised in Honolulu and spent most of his life here in the islands.  He attended the University of Southern California, graduated from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa in Architecture, and, over the course of his career, worked in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and various locations in Hawai`i.  Photography first interested Jon in childhood and a deeper interest was rekindled recently through classes at Pacific New Media.  Jon's primary interests are in the social documentary, street, architecture and landscape genres of photography.

Artists's Statement: To honor a last request, Jon's mother agreed to care for her two older sisters in their home. After hearing her stories of home care – at times humorous, at others tragic – Jon started to document the family's experiences with the intent of conveying the broad spectrum of emotions felt, resonating with American psychologist Carl R. Rogers' statement, what is most personal is most general, a theme recurring in PNM coursework.

Leslie Gleim is originally from Southern Ohio before coming to Honolulu in 2007. She holds a masters degree in Education from the University of Dayton. She has worked for 37 years in early childhood education and currently works in the role of pedagogista in the Mid-Pacific Reggio-inspired preschool. Through her work she spends a considerable amount of time photographing to document the children's stories and learning processes. After coming to Hawai’i, her passion for photography shifted from in the classroom to outside the classroom where she became interested in a documentary/street and macro photography. Through Pacific New Media’s photography classes she has deepened her understanding or vision of photography as craft in developing her individual style as an artist.

Artist's Statement: Leslie’s vision for her body of work was to capture the metaphors that are held within the complex simplicity of her subjects. Each image has been stripped to the raw element of black and white, causing the mind’s eye to read the unique nuances of each subject. The dance between light, shape, and form is used to capture an intrinsic understanding of the subject as well as the photographer’s intentional metaphoric vision for her images which dances along the edge of simplicity.



A year-round research-based after school arts mentoring program where teenagers learn about arts industries, deepen intellectual and social skills associated with arts-based learning, and have opportunities for college and careers in and through the arts.

Teens rebrand notorious "Paradise Lost" former drug den on Hotel Street with D.I.Y. barrel of monkeys.



Teens in our Generation of Smiles after school program create BIG backdrops for Hawaii Theatre concerts and miniature street-art throughout Chinatown.

Arts Educator, Christie Knoll will guide teens in the creation of monumental-sized murals as well as small-scale installations making a big impact on both youth and the neighborhood.

Teens will have the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills and research methods while gaining skills in drawing, painting, photography, installation art, sculpture, mixed-media, topography and graphic design and new media.  

All teens are welcome for This FREE program but space is limited. Please contract Christie Knoll at youth@artsatmarks.com for more information.

2016 Afterschool program: January 12 -March 10, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

2016 Spring Break Camp March 16-18, March 21st-25th.  consecutive days from 10:00AM-3:00PM.  


"Fostering Ohana" with PlayBuilders of Hawaii

Currently there is a shortage of 70 foster homes on Oahu. National Statistics on Foster Children aging out of the System share dismal outcomes; only 58% graduate high school by the age of 19; less than 10% go on to college; 1 in 5 will become homeless; 1 in 4 will be incarcerated within two years of exiting the system. For most former foster children, problems exist in forming stable cohabiting situations, parenting and social relationships.

In an effort to help find more high quality foster homes and as a way to reach out to former foster youth, PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company, in collaboration with Partners in Development, Queen Lili’ouklani Children’s Center, Catholic Charities, Hawai’i and other foster care helping organizations, is developing a play with the assistance of former foster youth, ages 18 to 26, while teaching them the art of acting and dance for one year, on Sunday nights at the ARTS at Marks Garage. In the spring of 2017, the finished play will be rehearsed and taken on a state-wide tour as a way to educate the public about this very  important issue and hopefully recruit more foster homes. For more information on this project please go to www.playbuilders.org or contact Terri Madden at terri.madden@playbuilders.org.


the calendar at marks


What's new with Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu's largest monthly outdoor self-guided arts tour every First Friday.

CALL TO ARTISTS / auditions

View available open calls for original artwork as part of an upcoming exhibition, or audition information on new performances.

Concierge Desk for Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu


First known as the Hawaiian village of Kou and later Honolulu, the best deep sea port in Hawai'i facilitated the growth of Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu. The area became the island's business and cultural hub, a bar, red light district, and gateway for Hawai'i's immigrants, especially the Chinese and the Japanese. For over 200 years, this is where locals have come to shop, dine, and play.

The Chinatown and Downtown area has undergone a renaissance in recent years and has become the trendiest destination for local restaurants, clothing boutiques, novelty shops, and live entertainment. The ARTS at Marks recently received a Flipkey Trip Advisor award for best museum worth traveling for!

The ARTS at Marks Garage serves as Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu's visitor and information center, with information and guides on what to do, eat, and see. Come by and say hello next time you're in the area!



Our Sponsors


The ARTS at Marks is sponsored by Kumu Kahua Theatre, presenting world-class theatre by and about Hawaii's people in the heart of downtown Honolulu.

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