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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. 

Raise The Roof

November 19th, 6-10PM

In celebration of fifteen incredible years of supporting and presenting local arts exhibits, performances, lectures, films and workshops the iconic non-profit community arts center The ARTS at Marks Garage presents RAISE THE ROOF fundraiser on Saturday, November 19th.

A magical evening, overlooking Honolulu’s Chinatown from The ARTS at Marks Garage rooftop, guests will be provided with a variety of joyful and thought provoking entertainment including:

  • “State of the Arts” exploration with local artists Carl F.K. Pao & Solomon Enos
  • Live performances Taimane and Good Foot
  • Delicious beverages from Kona Brewing Company and Andis Wine
  • Top Chinatown eateries such as Grondin Latin-French Kitchen, JJ Dolans, and the new Bethel Union and Palate
  • Interactive experiences by Pacific Roller Derby
  • Dance by Spatial Sculptors
  • Stage combat by Hawaii Shakespeare Festival
  • Spoken word performances by Pacific Tongues/Youth Speaks Hawai‘i
  • Improv comedy from the On the Spot
  • Live painting by Culture Shaka
  • An art emporium featuring local artwork

As a primary sponsor of the creative revitalization of the downtown-Chinatown area through neighborhood relations, street festivals, neighborhood maps, First Friday Honolulu and other community celebrations, The ARTS at Marks Garage relies upon community support to continue its invaluable work. Therefore, the public is invited to join us in celebrating and raising funds for one of Hawaii’s finest arts incubators, The ARTS at Marks Garage, a venue that hosts more than a dozen performance and visual arts groups and offers over 300 creative workshops, performances, and private  events for the neighborhood youth & community.

Want to be a sponsor to help Raise The Roof?
Download our Sales Kit for more info!

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.



Collage Massage
October 4-29, 2016

Jeff Gere’s inventive photo collages will be displayed during the month of October.  The gallery show will kick-off on First Friday, October 7th, with an opportunity to meet Mr. Gere, who will also perform shadow puppet shows at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM.
Jeff was the Drama Specialist for the City of Honolulu’s Parks Department, and has hosted and performed in the annual Talk Story Festival for 26 years.

"Solo shows are extremely rare at Marks" says Rich Richardson, Executive Director of the ARTS at Marks Garage, "but Mr. Gere has recently retired and if you know him, you also know that he has a lot of tales to tell, and has always been willing to share with our community. We thought it might be a nice tribute to see what he has to say!"

“I’m known in town for performing and producing storytelling. I also tell tales with shadow puppets. The root of both: I love to play with images.” Says Gere.  “For decades, a few times a year, I occupy a bedroom, lay out magazine images, and compose ‘freestyle’, letting random pictures coalesce in curious ways. I spent 4 months in that bedroom JUST playing with black & white images! It’s been tremendously productive having time to let images unfold. Fascinating! Troubling! It is my aerobics for the imagination, a dialogue with the Deep Ocean of Mind. They’re snapshots from Wonderland, Vogue Surrealism, psychic landscapes, pattern poem puzzles… what does it mean?”
You can find more information about Jeff Gere at www.jeffgere.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.
Jen May: @jenmay • www.jenmayphotography.com • jenmay@jenmayphotography.com
Kat Araujo: @kataraujostudio •www.kataraujo.com • aloha@katararaujo.com



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 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.


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"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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