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Executive Director

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Jonathan Johnson is the executive director of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture & the Arts (SFCA), the seventh person to hold the post in the nearly 50-year history of the state arts agency.

Jonathan Johnson was appointed executive director of the SFCA in 2014. He has been with the SFCA since 1988, holding many positions within the agency including program manager, project manager, conservation coordinator and registrar for the Art in Public Places Program and director of the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM). Johnson grew up in Honolulu, was in public education from K-12, graduated from Kalani High School and attended California Lutheran University where he earned a B.A. degree in design, with an emphasis on business administration. He developed relationships with government, the arts and architecture communities as he oversaw the creation and installation of monumental art projects throughout the islands.

Over the course of his SFCA career, Johnson has managed over one hundred-thirty of the commissioned works of art projects seen in state office buildings, libraries, public schools, university campuses, the convention center, state hospitals and airports. He has worked on conservation projects, curated exhibitions at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, oversaw the Artist-in-Residence Programs at four dozen Hawaiʻi public schools, was the project lead on the HiSAM sculpture garden and initiated the HiSAM ArtBento museum education program. Johnson was also appointed the chairman of the Hawaiʻi Commemorative Quarter Advisory Commission which guided the design process representing Hawaiʻi in the Fifty States Quarter Program.

Johnson has a passion for the concept of a “museum without walls,” and is a strong advocate for arts in public education, ensuring access to arts and encouraging community participation. He draws on his thirty years of arts administration as he helps to guide SFCA in carrying out the goals of the agency outlined in the new Strategic Plan for FY2019-2023. The plan’s priorities focus on “supporting the artistic expressions of Hawaiʻi’s diverse cultures and communities, enhancing public engagement in culture and the arts, strengthening arts education for all learners and enriching the public sphere through the arts.”

Staff

Administration

Executive Director
Jonathan Johnson

Secretary
Rhiannon Keene

 

Art in Public Places (APP)

Director
Karen Ewald, APP Program and Hawaiʻi State Art Museum

Collections Manager
Vacant

Conservation Coordinator
Derek Erwin

Curator
Elizabeth Baxter

Senior Exhibit Specialist
K. Teig Grennan

Exhibit Specialist
Nathan Balcombe

Exhibit Specialist
Katharena Rentumis

Exhibit Specialist
Zhi Situ

Registrar
Ozzie Kotani

Office Assistant
Vacant

APP Project Management

Arts Program Specialist, Project Manager
Kamakani Konia

Arts Program Specialist, Project Manager
Alexandra Skees

Hawaiʻi State Art Museum

Museum Educator
Susan M. Hogan

Visitor Services Manager
Scott M. Young

Community Arts and Grants

Community Arts Coordinator, Biennium Grants
Brittany Rakowitz

Arts Education

Arts Program Specialist
Danica “Nikki” Rosengren

Community Arts and Folk and Traditional Arts Programs

Arts Program Specialist
Denise Miyahana

Support Services

Information Specialist
Mamiko K. Carroll

Administrative Services Assistant 
Sara Beth Newell

Accountant
Susan Naanos

Account Clerk
Lorelin Bartolome-Castillo