About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

We are beneficiaries of the ingenuity of our ancestors. My aesthetic is modern and diverse with a strong connection to culture and place. Like my kupuna, profound thought and creativity executed in a functional way teaches innovation that I would like to incorporate in my teaching. Creating a space for my students to delve deeper into cultural and visual arts that encourages the idea of possibility so my students learn to envision the bigger picture, to see their pieces live in spaces, on products, digitally, etc. I aspire to help and nurture the next generation of big thinkers, artpreneurs, and visionaries.

Artist Biography

‘Ōiwi Creator. Graphic Designer. Thinker. Maker. Dreamer. Doer. Wailani Artates is an award-winning graphic designer born and raised on the island of Maui. Her work has been awarded most prestigious 2023 Pele Award – Best of Show, 2023 Maui Time Best of Maui – Graphic Designer, 4-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner – Album Design, and multiple Pele Gold, Pele Silver and Pele Bronze awards for projects ranging in packaging, logo, and publication design over the last 10 years.

Wailani Artates is first and foremost a wife and mother of four to her most beautiful creations: Lux Hinamaikalaniamahi, Nox Kamakaoaokaiao, Stone Kaʻaikamahaʻooka‘āina, Tide Kekainakuluikapaepōhaku and attributes much of her ambition, inspiration, and creativity to the life she has created, the aloha that surrounds her, and the legacy she instills within them.  


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.