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We are delighted to share our August lineup of SMALL TOWN * BIG ART (ST*BA) calls and activities. In this e-Newsletter issue, you'll learn more about Maui-born artist Edwin Ushiro, who returns to Wailuku this month to create a piece at 33 Market Street and needs your help ( ! ); the long-awaited mural unveiling by Mana Wahine artists Bailey Onaga & Courtney Chargin; and more info on our call-for-artists, which has an August 15 deadline. Thanks for being an important part of this work!
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After earning a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, Edwin Ushiro worked as a storyboard artist, concept designer and visual consultant, and recently exhibited in venues worldwide, including Villa Bottini in Italy, Grand Palais in France, the Museum of Kyoto, HoMA, and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. MORE.

Do you love public art? Do you love Wailuku? Do you have availability between August 16-22? It sounds like you're the perfect candidate to ADOPT Edwin! Here are just a few volunteer or paid opportunities that we have collected for his ST*BA project. Please let us know if you can help. 

  • Pick up and return scaffolding from Kahului
  • Keep an eye on materials during brief breaks 
  • Assist with projection/ scaling blueprint to wall (night work)
  • Complete areas of color blocking/ painting directly on wall 
  • Help with anti-graffiti coating
Click the GIF's below to enjoy Community Consultations with Steve Parker of 33 Market Street, Leola Leong & Ron Muromoto, and the storytellers that inspired Edwin's ST*BA application: Kepā Maly & Lopaka White. Visit Edwin's project page for ongoing developments!
Join Us August 11!
It's finally here! After 14 months of ho'omanawanui, we will unveil Mana Wahine mural: Wailuku i ka malu he kuawa (Wailuku in the shelter of the valley), by artists Bailey Onaga and Courtney Chargin. Please join us on Thursday, August 11 at 4:30 PM sharp as Uncle Bill Garcia leads a blessing of the work followed by remarks from the artists and collaborators.
This 72-foot mural dedicated to Wailuku’s distinctive sense of place, history and culture will be unveiled as the temporary construction wall surrounding the future site of The Parlay, a new retro-style tavern by the team behind Esters Fair Prospect, which will be located on the northeast corner of Main Street and North Church Street in Wailuku. Check out the press release HERE
RFP Deadline: August 15
“The Lānaʻi Culture & Heritage Center is grateful to be working with the newly formed Maui Public Art Corps to express the intergenerational stories of our community through art. The SMALL TOWN * BIG ART effort to date, which pairs professional artists with community members to help share stories and values of Wailuku Town, has been impressive, and we are excited to collaborate with their team to share our Lānaʻi stories.”
– Shelly Preza, Executive Director, Lānaʻi Culture & Heritage Center

"Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center is dedicated to engaging the public through community responsive exhibitions, art commissions, and education programs that elevates the Center’s unique design through placemaking and cultural vibrancy. Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center is thrilled to partner with Maui Public Art Corps and be the home to the organization’s first Kahului Mural. We couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate our 50th Anniversary as Maui’s gathering place."
– Kauwela Bisquera, General Manager, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center
Less than 2 weeks remain until our next public art application deadline! Any artist from anywhere can submit a proposal to bring one or more of our Talk Story audio recordings to life through a work of public art. This may include performance art (e.g. write a song, perform a poem, choreograph a dance, write a play), visual art (e.g. sculptures, murals, light work, green walls, installations) or experiential art (e.g. street processions, space activations, call & response work).

There are THREE separate categories from which applicants may choose:
  1. Performances & Public Art Inspired by Maui Storytellers: ($5,000 cap) Create a work of performance, visual or experiential public art inspired by what you heard. Up to 6 artists will be selected to participate in this category, which was inspired by our previous work with Leilehua Yuen, StoryCorps DIY and Ball State University. (SAMPLE)
  2. Kahului Mural: ($10,000 cap) Translate one or more stories into a large-scale mural that is rooted in a Kahului sense of place. (SAMPLE)
  3. Lānaʻi Story Animations: ($5,000 cap per story) Interpret one-to-three of our Lānaʻi-recorded stories into short, animated films that utilize the recordings as a soundtrack. (SAMPLE)
Details regarding our process, application criteria, budget and more are available at close at 11:59 PM in Mountain Time Zone (Denver, CO, USA) on August 15, 2022. 
ST*BA Presents Sachelle Dae
Project Documentary by Wake Up Matt
There's still time to experience Sachelle Dae's Of the Land installation at 27 N. Market Street/ First Hawaiian Bank, facing Market Street, which comes down later this month. 

Inspired by audio-recorded Talk Story sessions between 1) Anuhea Yagi and Roselle Bailey, and 2) Kalapana Kollars and Wallette Pellegrino, this work is grounded in ‘ōlelo no‘eau #2829: Ua mau ke ea o ka `āina i ka pono (the life of the land is preserved in righteousness) Click the "play" button above to enjoy a brief film about this work. Visit the project page to learn more. 
Wailuku Arts District
We are completing a comprehensive list of Wailuku Town landlords for an upcoming arts-centered huakaʻi on Da Bee. Can you help us by submitting the name of a Wailuku property manager? Email us HERE
Past ST*BA Projects

Of the Land by Sachelle Dae
Wailuku Wings by Bobby Zokaites
Small Town, Big Stories by Ball State University's EMDD Cohort
Wailuku Talk Story Animations by Ace & Son Moving Picture Co.
The Bits Left Behind by Adaptations Dance Theater
Return to the Source by Cory Taum
Wailuku Dance Crawl by Adaptations Dance Theater
StoryCorps DIY by our Talk Story Consortium
E ala! E alu! E kuilima! by Lori Hepner
Wailuku Dance Crawl by Adaptations Dance Theater
Mana Wahine by Bailey Onaga, Courtney Chargin, Amanda Joy Bowers, Alex Underwood
Storytelling with Leilehua Yuen
Makai to Mauka by Jaclynn Sabado-Eitel
Hoʻomau by Kirk Kurokawa
The Legacy Series by Avi Molinas
ʻAlalā Renaissance by Michael Takemoto
​Ma kāhi o ka hana he ola malaila by Eric Okdeh 
Birds of a Feather by MAPA 
Chinese Take Out Super Size by Sean Baba
​Hīnaʻi by Jessica Bodner
Pō Meke‘au by E.H.A.
Día de los Muertos by Jackie Goring and Tamara Li
Eli by Emmanuel Jarus
lost & found by Andy Behrle
Mauka to Makai by PangeaSeed, featuring Lauren Brevner | Joey Rose & Alex Underwood | Gregg Kaplan | Kai Kaulukukui | Dulk | Cory Kamehanaokalā Taum | E.H.A. | Mary Iverson | Wooden Wave | Poi


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