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
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 FY13-18
ARTS FIRST Progress Report 2010-2011
ARTS FIRST Progress Report 2011-2012
ARTS FIRST Progress Report 2012-2013
ARTS FIRST Strategic Plan FY13-18: FY14 Report