The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is celebrating a major milestone and invites everyone to take part in the festivities. 50 years ago next month, on July 12, 1965, the State Foundation was established by the Hawai‘i State Legislature.
To commemorate, we are planning a 50th anniversary year filled with events. The festivities will include a family day on Saturday, August 8 featuring music, arts and cultural demonstrations, and food booths on the Hawai‘i State Art Museum grounds. A new art exhibition curated by artist, educator and author Tom Klobe will open in the Ewa Gallery on Friday, September 4th.
Details on all the events will be available on the website, be published in eNews, and posted on our Facebook page. Our regular schedule of Art Lunch talks, Second Saturday activities, and First Friday concerts will also be incorporated into or as part of the year-long celebration.
Scheduled August 7 & August 8th:
First Friday: Fourth Annual Evening of Jazz and Contemporary Music
Second Saturday: Celebrating 50 Years of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
The foundation was created in large part through the vision and effort of Hawai‘i leaders such as architect and State Planning Coordinator Alfred Preis, Masaru “Pundy” Yokouchi, State Senator Nadao Yoshinaga, and Governor John Burns.
The creation of a state arts agency made Hawai‘i eligible to receive federal grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, newly established as part of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities on September 29, 1965.
The first HSFCA Chairman was Pundy Yokouchi, appointed by Gov. Burns on January 14, 1966. The first HSFCA Executive Director was Alfred Preis, who served as Acting Executive Director until he was formally appointed to the position on July 1, 1966.
A new video telling the story of the foundation is currently in production and a special logo has been created to commemorate the milestone. But we are not just looking to the past, we are looking to our future. The mission of the HSFCA is to promote, perpetuate, preserve, and encourage culture and the arts, history and the humanities as central to the quality of life of the people of Hawai‘i. With budget cuts for arts education in public schools and limited funds for cultural organizations, the role of the State Foundation is more important than ever.