Honolulu Biennial Visual Installation by Mohammad Kazem
March - April

Hailing from The United Arab Emirates, pioneering conceptual artist, Mohammed Kazem uses overlooked remnants of the everyday to measure and navigate global transformations. Kazem is one of the participating artists at the Honolulu Biennial with an installation hosted at ARTS at Marks Garage for the next 2 months. Often using or representing his own body in drawings, performances, and photographs, Kazem employs geographical markers as a way to locate his own subjectivity in relation to the rapid modernization and development of his homeland, the United Arab Emirates.


Witness | From Shadows
April 4-15


Artists Nanci Amaka and Lala Openi make work that echoes the human experience and moves beyond object production into the realm of investigative self-awareness. By exploring vulnerability and trauma, they create a space for introspection and healing.
Witness is a reincarnation of the ongoing Scar Stories Series by artist Nanci Amaka. This work is an active collection of varying memories of painful experiences. Mono prints, sculptures, and participants’ hand written memories are juxtaposed with sound pieces, and previous performance documentations. On Friday April 7th, the artist will hold a performance where the audience will be able to include their own stories of acquiring scars to the collection.
From Shadows is a series of paintings and internal dialogue documenting artist Lala Openi’s journey through shadow work over a period of 7 months. Mixed media large scale paintings are accompanied by personal journal entries, notes on dealing with disappointment, affirmations, love letters, and doodles which have all played an integral part in the process of the artist’s healing through shadow work.


Earth Day Tribute Pop Up Exhibit
The 6th Great Extinction

April 18-29

Ava Fedorov, artist in resident at the Honolulu Museum of Art, explores art space as a safe place to encourage dialogue around social, environmental and extinction issues facilitated through performances, film, music and engaging experiences.



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 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 or contact Terri Madden at