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Art Lives Here. 

Aloha <<First Name>>,

Wailuku’s creative placemaking program, SMALL TOWN * BIG ART (ST*BA), announces its latest public art collaboration aimed to share stories of its distinctive sense of place, history and culture. 

Later this month, contemporary dance company Adaptations Dance Theater (ADT) will lead the Wailuku Dance Crawl -  much in the spirit of a treasure hunt or pub crawl - to travel throughout 5 distinct Wailuku Town outdoor locations, encourage (re)engagement with these spaces and create the opportunity to make new memories and shared experiences for our community and audience members.

"It is an honor to be a part of this project and program and to see how we can help with the alignment of (Wailuku's) past, present and future," shares Adaptations Dance Theater Executive Director Jen Cox, “and we're so stoked to be able to have a child of Wailuku to take the lead on this."

Wailuku-grown Adaptations Dance Theater Dancer Ali Pineo has been working with the ST*BA team to develop the project; identifying ‘ōlelo from Mary Kawena Pukui's ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Political Sayings to root the artwork in a sense of place and researching key characteristics that will help infuse Wailuku history and culture into the choreography. You can view excerpts from a recent project development discussion HERE

“I love how everybody brings something different to the symbolism,” shares Pineo, “The imagery is so, so clear and related, and yet so different. So how do we really infuse this experience with some cultural context and then also specific Wailuku history and feeling and memory?" Pineo has assigned each of the Wailuku Dance Crawl performers with a set of phrases and directives to take with them throughout Wailuku in order to gather inspiration for both choreographed and spontaneous dance, which will be workshopped as a group over the next 10 days. 

For this one-night-only event, Adaptations Dance Theater dancers will perform a 2-3 minute outdoor dance phrase at each of the 5 sites for 3 separate pre-registered groups of 15 people (max), following the most up-to-date County-approved COVID safety protocols. 

“I'm excited to see what comes of this because they’re already able to incorporate dance and a pilina, or connectivity, to the sense of place here in Wailuku,” shares Sissy Lake-Farm, Executive Director of Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House/ Maui Historical Society and SMALL TOWN * BIG ART partner, “And regarding the revitalization of Wailuku and what that looks like, I think what's really important about this piece in particular is that we are trying to re-investigate or re-understand how Wailuku is evolving, and what does dance have to do with it? It's going to be very important as we move forward. We want this (Wailuku) to be the hub of creativity, and so this is a perfect opportunity for us to send out that message, and not just talk about it but show what can be for our future. This project is the first of its kind and we're moving and evolving and it's an exciting time for us! We're sending the right messages and we're in alignment."

Stay tuned for further details and registration information in this newsletter or at @smalltownbigart or @adaptationsdancetheater.

Developed through a 2018-2020 Our Town grant by the National Endowment for the Arts, SMALL TOWN * BIG ART is a creative placemaking collaboration of County of Maui and Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House/ Maui Historical Society that aims to develop Wailuku, Hawaiʻi as a public arts district focused on its distinctive sense of place, history and culture. Monthly art installations such as plays, murals, sculptures, storytelling events and more are created with community input that align with ‘ōlelo from Mary Kawena Pukui's ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Political Sayings. Each artwork is spearheaded by professional artists that have submitted project applications exhibiting exceptional quality, style, experience in creating communal or public art and significance to Wailuku.

This is the 16th ST*BA project to date, which has yielded 27 public artworks throughout Wailuku that have included the Mana Wahine mural collection by Alexandra Underwood, Amanda Joy Bowers, Bailey Onaga and Courtney Chargin; a storytelling workshop series by Leilehua Yuen; the Wells Park “Makai to Mauka” mosaic work by Jaclynn Sabado-Eitel; the Maui County Children’s Peace Center mural “Hoʻomau” by Kirk Kurokawa; the “Legacy Series” oil painting exhibition by Avi Molinas; a 1-day art-making “ʻAlalā Renaissance” experience led by Michael Takemoto; the Main Street Promenade mural “Ma kāhi o ka hana he ola malaila” by Eric Okdeh; an original play entitled “Birds of a Feather” by MAPA; large-scale sculptures “Chinese Take Out Super Size” by Sean Baba and “Hīnaʻi” by Jessica Bodner; the Omura Building mural “Pō Meke‘au” by E.H.A.; a “Día de los Muertos” street procession and communal art-making event by Jackie Goring and Tamara Li; the MAPA Studio mural “Eli” by Emmanuel Jarus; a 1-night lightwork exhibition entitled “Lost & Found” by Andy Behrle; and the proof-of-concept “Mauka to Makai” mural festival by PangeaSeed, featuring artists Lauren Brevner, Joey Rose & Alex Underwood, Gregg Kaplan, Kai Kaulukukui, Dulk, Cory Kamehanaokalā Taum, E.H.A., Mary Iverson, Wooden Wave, and Techs.
New Student Artwork
Kamaliʻi i ke ʻole i ka helu pō: Muku nei, Muku ka malama: Hilo nei, kau ka Hoaka. (Children who do not know the moon phases: Muku is here, Muku the moon; Hilo comes next, then Hoaka). The first part of a childʻs chant for learning the names of the moon phases. Also said of one who does not know the answer to a question or is ignorant. He is compared to a small child who has not learned the moon phases. 

We recently installed the artwork of 300 ʻĪao Intermediate School students at the site of our Haʻahaʻa mural (on Vineyard Street between Market & Church), which was painted by ST*BA artist Amanda Joy Bowers. 

The sketches were created in a 2020 workshop with ST*BA artist Ben Volta and Eilish Volta, just before the onset of the pandemic, in which students were given moon phase templates and asked to fill it in with their own designs. ST*BA artist Kirk Kurokawa picked up the project where the Voltas left off, creating the Hoʻomau mural at the Victim Witness Building on Wells Street, which was inspired in part by these 300 sketches. 

We wanted to make sure that the student artwork found a prominent place in our community, and loved the idea of embracing the portrait of a young Mary Kawena Pukui with their creativity. 

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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We recently launched the Public Art Podcast on Podbean, in which ST*BA's Kelly McHugh-White talks story with the artists, community members, project facilitators, small business owners, supporters and story holders working together to envision Wailuku as a public arts district. Check out our introductory episodes at smalltownbig.org/podcast and nominate our next guest by emailing us here
Developed through a 2018-2020 Our Town grant by the ​National Endowment for the Arts, SMALL TOWN * BIG ART is a creative placemaking collaboration of County of Maui and Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House/ Maui Historical Society that aims to develop Wailuku, Hawaiʻi as a public arts district focused on its distinctive sense of place, history and culture.

Engaging the public in both the process and the product, monthly art installations such as plays, murals, sculptures, storytelling events and more are created with community input that align with ‘ōlelo from Mary Kawena Pukui's ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Political Sayings. Each artwork is spearheaded by professional artists that have submitted project applications exhibiting exceptional quality, style, experience in creating communal or public art and significance to Wailuku. Through many hands and many voices, these creative interpretations represent a revitalized identity for this small town with the BIGGEST heart.
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Past ST*BA Art

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 | Ben Johnston | Wooden Wave | Gavin Murai | Getso | Cracked Ink | Poi

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