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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.



Hawaii Watercolor Society Member's Show
April 3 - 28

FREE & Open to ALL Ages

This April, Hawai'i Watercolor Society will be sponsoring internationally acclaimed artist Tom Hoffman in a four day en plein air workshop. Although the workshop is full, HWS is excited to announce that Tom will be doing a live demo on Sunday April 8th at the Arts at Mark Garage starting at 1 p.m. The public is welcome to come and witness this master at work. In addition, Hawai'i Watercolor Society's Members' Show 2018 awards/opening will be held on First Friday, April 6th at The Arts at Marks Garage beginning at 6 p.m. The exhibiting artists will be present and look forward to welcoming you to this annual event. The Members' Show will remain open from April 3rd to April 28th.

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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.

Ngahiraka Mason

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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"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.



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!



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