In 1999, the Hawai‘i State Legislature enacted ACT 80, which called for Hawai‘i’s major stakeholders in arts education to revise the state’s Fine Arts Standards and develop a statewide strategic plan for arts education. In 2001, ACT 306 named the ARTS FIRST Partners and mandated implementation of the Strategic Plan. For a one-page summary of the Partnership’s history, click here: Partnership History.

Hawai‘i Arts Alliance
Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools
Hawai‘i State Department of Education
Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, College of Arts & Humanities
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, College of Education

Affiliate Partners:

Honolulu Theatre for Youth
Maui Arts & Cultural Center

ARTS FIRST Partners invites entities interested in participating as affiliate partners to contact Vivien Lee, HSFCA Arts Program Specialist at 586-0768.  We seek partners who will contribute resources and expertise toward reaching the AFP strategic plan goals.

As the convening agency of the ARTS FIRST Partners, the HSFCA:

  • Compiles and files annual AFP progress reports to the Legislature
  • Convenes quarterly meetings of Partner representatives
  • Facilitates communication among the Partners

Strategic Plan and Progress Reports:

ARTS FIRST Strategic Plan FY13-2018
ARTS FIRST Progress Report 2010-2011
ARTS FIRST Progress Report 2011-2012
ARTS FIRST Progress Report 2012-2013
ARTS FIRST Progress Report 2013-2014
ARTS FIRST Progress Report 2014-2015
ARTS FIRST Progress Report 2015-2016