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Photography courtesy of Eric Baranda.

 

HISTORY

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.

PARTNERS

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.

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PRESS

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. 


Shop @ Marks!

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.


Chinatown Artists Lofts Available!
Only a few more artists lofts are available for rent! For more info and to apply, contact Rich Richardson at rich@artsatmarks.com or 808-778-6392.

CURRENT EXHIBITION

CONTACT: Foreign and Familiar
August 2-27, 2016

Each year, the exhibition explores the notion of ʻcontact’ as it relates to the Hawaiian Islands, its people and their experiences. This year’s theme was Foreign and Familiar, exploring themes of cultural exchange and migratory movements, in and out of Hawaiʻi, not attached to any particular time period in Hawaiʻiʻs history. Much of the work reflects on personal narratives of heritage and connection.

In this year’s call for artists, exhibition curators Herman Piʻikea Clark and Isabella Ellaheh Hughes implored artists to think about the intersection between the foreign and the familiar and the relationship between intimacy and interdependence that has come to define Hawai‘i as a place, a people, and a 21st century society. Hughes said, “It is an honor to be serving with Pi‘ikea as one of this year's jurors for CONTACT. The thematic approach results in an exhibition format that offers a great sense of curatorial cohesion and breadth—particularly distinctive for a juried show. This year, CONTACT is thematically linked through a focus on the concepts of 'Foreign and Familiar'; and in turn, how these concepts have impacted artists' own relationships with Hawai‘i and the socio-cultural, political, ecological and economic landscape of the Islands.”

The exhibition will feature work by artists including Bernice Akamine, ʻImaikalani Kalāhele, Sonny Ganaden and Joshua Lake, PARADISE COVE, Michelle Schwengel-Regala and Deanna Gabiga, Chelsea Kahea Field, Nanea Lum, Jan Becket, Momi Greene, Kamran Samimi, Lauren Trangmar, Jane Chang Mi, AJ Feducia, Monica Woolsey, Shelly Amine and Sheanae Tam.

CONTACT 2016 is made possible by generous funding from the Atherton Family Foundation, Cooke Foundation, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs, as well as through the kind support from its partners: Honolulu Museum of Art School, Nā Mea Hawai‘i, and DAWSON Art Project. The CONTACT exhibition is organized by Maoli Arts Alliance (MAʻA) an initiative of Pu‘uhonua Society. For more information, please visit www.contacthawaii.com.


ROOTED at The Bloomingdale's Gallery

ROOTED is a constant push and pull of the ocean, a noticeable shift in the sand that sinks down with each arriving wave. It’s the salt that heals, the formidable fire that creates and destroys, and the wind that whispers through our skin. What does it mean to take roots as a resident? To call a place home if you’ve left or just arrived? ROOTED is our exploration with finding a place to call home in Hawaii.

Five original handpainted photographic prints $250 ea.
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Jen May: @jenmay • www.jenmayphotography.com • jenmay@jenmayphotography.com
Kat Araujo: @kataraujostudio •www.kataraujo.com • aloha@katararaujo.com


TEEN ARTS AT MARKS

 

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.

NEXT SESSIONS

AFTERSCHOOLARTS@MARKS

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 contact us at youth@artsatmarks.com for more information.

 

 

"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

FIRST FRIDAY

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

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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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