SFCA Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report

February 7, 2020
Cover of the 2019 annual report.

SFCA Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)

The fiscal year 2019 Annual Report for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has been published. The PDF can be downloaded here: 2019 SFCA Annual Report.

Year in Review

This Annual Report of 2018 – 2019 offers an overview of the past year’s efforts by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) to focus on the implementation of the goals of its new 2019-2023 Strategic Plan priorities of Culture, Education, Engagement and the Arts.

In recognition of the shared responsibility to perpetuate Native Hawaiian culture and arts, this year SFCA adopted the Kamehameha I statue in North Kohala. The project supported the community conservation effort of the painted statue and included a community engagement component to bring hula ki‘i (traditional Hawaiian puppetry) to the community in the form of storytelling around the statue.

Education remains a pillar of the Foundation and this year we funded all 111 qualified schools that applied for an Artists in the Schools Residency. With a diverse funding base that included a 50% match by the Hawaii Community Foundation, we continued to expand our capacity for excellent arts education to public and charter schools statewide.

Hawai‘i’s communities are engaged in the arts through the work of many arts organizations. This year we redesigned our biennium grants program to better serve the community by creating an online application and reporting structure, and streamlining the application by eliminating the previous revised proposal step. All this was done with a goal of simplifying the process for the grant applicant and making more funding available.

Each year our annual report focuses on a different strategic priority, and this report focuses on the arts. Within the following pages you will see the role of the SFCA and its programs play in supporting the arts in Hawai‘i.

This year the Foundation’s work included three legislative initiatives:  awarding Teaching Artists Fellowships; leading the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Hawai‘i State Capitol task force; and completing the US Rep. Patsy T. Mink Monument. This legislative session the SFCA received a $2.6 million capital improvement project appropriation for construction improvements to the No. 1 Capitol District Building and Site, the home of HiSAM and the SFCA offices. These improvements will accommodate increased and safer access and building use. The Legislature also raised the budget ceiling for the Art in Public Places Program by $991,777. The increased budget will help us to reach more communities and bring more people together through the power of the arts. In fiscal year 2021 we will be requesting that the Legislature and the Administration establish a Director of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum position. As you will see on the following pages, the growing role HiSAM plays within the arts and culture fabric of society warrants a director.

June 30, 2019 marked the completion of year one of our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.  As we continue to assess our initial progress with the Plan, we are setting our sights on the next four years of implementing the Plan with a focus on rebranding HiSAM, hosting the Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 2020, implementing HiSAM’s construction project and re-organizing so the agency can best reach its goals in serving the community. As your state arts agency, the commission, leadership and staff of the SFCA are committed to furthering the arts and culture in our state.

Jonathan Johnson, Executive Director
Patricia Hamamoto, Chairperson, Fiscal Years 2015-2019

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