SFCA Artists in the Schools Spotlight: Manoa Elementary

June 14, 2023

Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and Arts (MOCA): “This series of concrete and lyric poetry by Mānoa Elementary School is now on view at Kapolei Hale part of the exhibit “Aloha ‘Āina Art by Hawai‘i’s Keiki and ‘Ōpio.”

Students from Mānoa Elementary School worked with professional writer Laurel Nakanishi to create concrete and lyric poems as a part of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) Artists-in-the-Schools program. After studying the history, geography, and moʻolelo of Mānoa, including visits from three kūpuna who grew up in the valley, students wrote lyric poems that expressed their relationship with Mānoa. Nakanishi then led the students in the creation of concrete poetry inspired by the work of Native Hawaiian photographer Kapulani Landgraf.”

The exhibit is open through June 23, 2023 at Kapolei Hale (Kapolei Satellite City Hall).

The SFCA Artists in the Schools program provides art residencies to Hawaiʻi public and charter schools.

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