Legislator’s Art Class and Art at the Capitol 2019

Posted on Apr 1, 2019 in Art at the Capitol, Art in Public Places, Blog Post, Email Newsletter, Outreach

Legislator’s Art Class

Hands arranging pieces of paper.
Hawaiʻi state legislators participated in an art class recently, making paper photo collages with Teaching Artist Emily McIlroy. Emily works with the Art Bento program, the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum’s education program serving Hawaii’s public and charter school students and teachers grades 2 – 6. This year, the activity was a collage in which the legislators used photos of the State Capitol building (either ones they had taken themselves, or ones provided by the SFCA) and re-imagined the building by cutting and collaging. Legislators explored color, shape, and texture to create their own collages. The finished portraits will be up for the “People’s Choice” vote during Art at the Capitol 2019 on Friday, April 5, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol building. This year the Art at the Capitol theme is “The Capitol is Art.” Walk across the street to the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum afterwards for our free and family-friendly First Friday!

Participating Legislators

Two people holding up a paper collage.

SFCA Executive Director and Senator Brian Taniguchi with the senator’s paper collage.

Legislators participating in the art class this year included Senator Gil Keith-Agaran, Senator Clarence K. Nishihara, Senator Brian Taniguchi, Representative Lisa Kitagawa, Representative Scot Z. Matayoshi, Representative Mark M. Nakashima, Representative Val Okimoto, Representative Amy A. Perruso, Representative David A. Tarnas, Representative Joy A. San Buenaventura, Representative Calvin K.Y. Say, and Representative Tina Wildberger.

About Art at the Capitol

Art at the Capitol began in 2008 as Senator Brian Taniguchi’s initiative (developed during a conversation with a Hawai‘i State Art Museum docent) to welcome the public to view the artworks displayed in the legislative offices as well as in the open areas of the State Capitol. More than 700 pieces of artwork in the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ Art in Public Places Collection are currently on display in the State Capitol offices and open areas.