Art Bento Program @ HiSAM

Children experiencing Art Bento program

Art Bento


Listen to a story about Art Bento by Hawai‘i Public Radio Arts
and Culture Reporter Noe Tanigawa: Art Bento: Mixed Plate to Go!

The Art Bento Program @ HiSAM, a museum education program, is a four-part standards-based program. The program is multi-disciplinary and serves O‘ahu Department of Education elementary students and their teachers. This unique educational opportunity emphasizes arts and verbal literacy. All four segments of the program actively engage learners and connect to current arts standards and ELA Common Core Standards. There is no cost to schools to participate in the program and funds for bus transportation are also provided.

The Hawai’i State Museum (HiSAM) is used as a learning laboratory for students in grades 2-6 in public and charter schools.

The program theme is “Responding to Art.” Works of art on display in the museum galleries are used as a catalyst for inquiry-based student learning in literacy, visual and performing arts. These artworks are part of the HSFCA’s Art in Public Places Collection.

Program activities begin in the classroom with a professional development session for teachers. A teaching artist from the HSFCA’s Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster leads the session. Using reproductions, the ATP models techniques and strategies to elicit student responses to artworks currently on view in the museum. The learning experience continues with a pre-visit to the classroom with the ATP again facilitating a question and response conversation with students and beginning a standards-based lesson.

Next is the museum visit, during which students participate in an inquiry-based guided tour in the HiSAM galleries and experience viewing original artworks. They also engage in an arts lesson with their Teaching Artist, and explore art concepts through hands-on activities in the “I Love Art Gallery.”

Art Bento culminates in a post-visit lesson in the classroom. Students reflect on the museum experience, review concepts and vocabulary, exhibit or perform products created, and reflect on the artwork they have made.

Art Bento is a compact and cohesive educational experience linking classroom learning with the museum and the wider world. Each segment reinforces the last, and together they help students and teachers to realize a sense of connection and essential understandings through the arts.

The deadline for applications has passed. If you have questions about the program, please call HiSAM Educator Susan Hogan at 586-9958, or email

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