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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. 

event calendar at marks

For information on the current gallery, visit the Current Exhibition Page.


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.


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Dot I Line I Color - 12th Annual MAMo Awardees Art Exhibition
May 1 - 27

FREE & Open to ALL Ages

Dot | Line | Color features MAMo 2018 Awardees Charlie Dickson and Verna Apio-Takashima. Curated by Ngahiraka Mason, the exhibition celebrates contemporary art through Hawaiian kapa and European painting. The art making process is central to the artists who exemplify the use of dot, line and color, the building blocks of all art.

Takashimaʻs decorated bark cloth made of wauke (paper mulberry; broussonetia papyrifera) comprises layers of beaten watermarked cloth. The upper layer is stamped with ‘ohe kapala (bamboo stamps) and is hand painted with color derived from traditional earth and plant dyes. Takashimaʻs contemporary patterns are a celebration of line, geometry, and circles balanced with natural dye colors.

Dickson has a 25 year plus exhibition history in Hawaii. Working in acrylic paint, he has developed a Pacific ʻoutsiderʻ painting style that is optimistic in form and intention. His painting is part of an art historical genre of Indigenous Modernism that on one-hand responds to Modern European art movements such as Abstract Expressionism, yet is its own story located here in Hawaiʻi.

More than the sum of Primitivism, Dicksonʻs painting style navigates abstraction, the figurative, texture, line, and color that examine internal and external worlds.

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The Arts at Marks Garage is proud and honored to have PAʻI Foundation as a partner and host for this annual exhibition in continuing to proliferate native Hawaiian culture and art in our community.

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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!



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