Art Bento Applications for School Year 2018-2019 Now Open

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 in Art Bento, Art in Public Places, Arts Education, Blog Post, Hawaii State Art Museum
A group of grade school students in a museum gallery

Nimitz Elementary grade 6 students exploring an exhibit at the Hawaii State Art Museum

Applications are now open for Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (DOE) elementary schools on Oahu to apply for the free Art Bento museum education program.

The Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) is proud to offer the Art Bento Program @ HiSAM, a museum education program of the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM). Arts education is a top priority in the SFCA Strategic Plan: “To strengthen arts education Pre-K through 12 and plan for lifelong learning.”

Student holding an oil pastel crayon and drawing the outline of a fish on a piece of black paper

Waiahole Elementary students using observation skills to create their own artwork

The Art Bento Program @ HiSAM is a four-part standards-based museum education program developed for DOE Oʻahu second through sixth grade students and their teachers. This unique educational experience emphasizes fine arts literacy and is led by qualified teaching artists from the SFCA’s Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) roster. The theme, “Responding to Art,” is supported by an introductory professional development session for teachers. The program continues in the classroom with the Teaching Artist leading a pre-visit lesson. Next, during the museum visit, students experience an inquiry-based guided tour in the HiSAM galleries, engage in an artmaking lesson with their Teaching Artist, and explore art concepts through hands-on activities in the “I Love Art Gallery.” During the post-visit in the classroom, students review concepts and vocabulary as they reflect on the museum experience. Each segment actively engages students and teachers through inquiry-based activities connected to current arts standards and ELA Common Core Standards.

There is no cost to schools to participate in the program. In addition, the program also provides funds for bus transportation to the museum.

View a slide show and listen to a story about the Art Bento Program by Hawai‘i Public Radio Arts and Culture Reporter Noe Tanigawa: Art Bento: Mixed Plate to Go!

Applications are due Friday, March 9, 2018. For more information, contact Susan Hogan, Museum Educator, at 586-9958 or email