Legislator’s Art Class and Art at the Capitol 2018

Posted on Apr 3, 2018 in Art at the Capitol, Art in Public Places Collection, Arts Education, Blog Post, Community Engagement, Email Newsletter, Outreach
Representative Matthew LoPresti holding up a colorful paper portrait

Rep. Matthew LoPresti with his paper portrait

Hawaiʻi state legislators participated in an art class recently, making paper portraits with Teaching Artist Quala-Lynn Young. Q works with the Art Bento program, the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum’s education program serving Hawaii’s public and charter school students and teachers grades 2 – 6. Legislators explored color, shape, and expression to create their own portraits. The finished portraits will be judged by a panel of art experts and will also be up for the “People’s Choice” vote during Art at the Capitol 2018 this Friday, April 6, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol building. Walk across the street to the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum afterwards for our free and family-friendly First Friday!

This year the Art at the Capitol theme is “Share Your Voice” and artist Candy Chang’s Before I Die participatory art project will be up on the fourth floor of the Capitol from Tuesday, April 3, through the evening of Friday, April 6, 2018.

Group of legislators around a table

Sen. Will Espero, Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, Rep. Mark Nakashima, and Rep. Richard Creagan

Ten legislators participated in the art class this year: Rep. Richard Creagan (House District 5), Rep. Matthew LoPresti (House District 41), Rep. Dee Morikawa (House District 16), Rep. Mark Nakashima (House District 1), Rep. Joy San Buenaventura (House District 4), Sen. Will Espero (Senate District 19), Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran (Senate District 5), Sen. Michelle Kidani (Senate District 18), Sen. Brian Taniguchi (Senate District 11), and Sen. Laura Thielen (Senate District 25).

Art at the Capitol began in 2008 as Senator Brian Taniguchi’s initiative (developed during a conversation with a Hawai‘i State Art Museum docent) to welcome the public to view the artworks displayed in the legislative offices as well as in the open areas of the State Capitol. More than 700 pieces of artwork in the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ Art in Public Places Collection are currently on display in the State Capitol offices and open areas.



Black wall stenciled with the words "before I die..."

“Before I Die” wall at the Hawaii State Capitol. #beforeidieHNL

Black wall stenciled with the words "before I die..."

“Before I Die” entries on April 3, 2018 #beforeidieHNL