Art Lives Here. 
“In listening to the talk story recordings between Anuhea Yagi, Roselle Bailey, Kalapana Kollars, and Wallette Pellegrino, I could feel the special sense of place for Wailuku and relate to the inspiration for Sachelle’s new exhibit. I am humbled and honored to exhibit Sachelle’s work at our historic Wailuku Branch and to partner with the extraordinary ‘Mana Wahine’ that have created art for this space.” -- Lisa Tomihama, Senior Vice President & Retail Banking Regional Manager, First Hawaiian Bank
Aloha <<First Name>>,

June is a BIG month for SMALL TOWN * BIG ART (ST*BA), and we can't wait to share all of these incredible moments with you. 

Scroll down to learn about 5 projects that we are currently undertaking, and click around for the stories, events and opportunities that we hope will enjoy your participation this summer. 
ST*BA Artist Sachelle Dae
Later this month, a set of three oil paintings by Maui artist Sachelle Dae will be scanned, supersized and installed facing Market Street at First Hawaiian Bank's Wailuku branch.

Inspired by audio-recorded Talk Story sessions between Anuhea Yagi, Student of Hawaiian Life Ways and Roselle Bailey, Kumu Hula, KaʻImi Naʻauao O Hawaii Nei Institute; as well as between Kalapana Kollars, Hawaiian Cultural Programs Director, Lahaina Restoration Foundation and Wallette Pellegrino, Host of “Preserving Our Recollections” Oral History TV Program for University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, Sachelle's work will explore the contrast of immateriality and materiality, concepts that mesh well with her background in classical realism painting with fantastical and abstract elements.

Please save the date for a public, outdoor unveiling and blessing on Thursday, June 30 at 4:30 PM to be led by Uncle Bill Garcia, during which Anuhea Yagi will share a work of her poetry in response to her experience with this project. Click here for press release and visit Sachelle's project page here
Click below to register your favorite artist aged 10-14 for a free workshop led by Sachelle Dae. This will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 10 AM - 12 PM at Friends & Faire, Wailuku. SPACE IS LIMITED. 
Wailuku Arts District
We'll be closing our Wailuku Arts District community survey on June 19, 2022, after which time the gift certificate winners will be announced for SixtyTwo MarcKetShikeda Bento Patisserie, and Wailuku Coffee Company. Be sure to click the link below to share your voice and have your name entered!

Thanks to ST*BA's latest grant through the National Endowment for the Arts, our collective is collaborating with Wailuku-based arts programs, businesses and cultural practitioners to designate Wailuku Town as an official arts district. This massive effort to coordinate facility and public space planning, management, maintenance and collaborative programming will result in an interconnected destination that maximizes the public's opportunities to experience, learn and celebrate the arts.
ST*BA Artist Bobby Zokaites
Bobby returns to Maui next week to install Wailuku Wings; a sculpture created over the past six months through community consultations with Hawaiʻi Land Trust Chief Conservation Officer Scott Fisher, Ph.D; Kim Thayer of Mauna Kahālāwai; the Bailey House Museum's Kimo Guequierre; master lauhala weaver and Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission Executive Director Mike Nahoʻopiʻi; Bishop Museum Entomology Collections Manager Jeremy Frank, Ph.D.; and ST*BA + Imua team members -- both virtually from his Tempe, AZ studio as well as in Wailuku during a February site visit. 

Please save the date for a public, outdoor unveiling and blessing on Tuesday, June 20 at 10:00 AM to be led by Uncle Bill Garcia at Imua Discovery Garden. Then, join Imua's unveiling celebration on June 20, or visit the space during public hours: Tuesdays through Fridays, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM beginning Tuesday, June 21.

This larger-than-life butterfly sculpture marks a new partnership with Imua Family Services, who commissioned the public artwork with the hope of providing a visual representation and feeling of transformation for the children served through the Imua Discovery Garden.
Story Prompt Cards
Would you like to display our Small Town, Big Stories story-prompt cards at your place of business? Each of seven card designs features a value identified by the Ball State University cohort, inspired by the artwork and associated artist statement. These are FREE for members of the public, and make a great takeaway experience! Let us know
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Talk Story 2022
Last year, participants of our ST*BA storytelling exchange led by artist Leilehua Yuen were paired up with community kūpuna to engage in an open talk story session. Each pairing met for an audio-recorded conversation with the goal of capturing an authentic moment of connection through stories that are embedded in a Maui sense of place. Recordings then became the foundation of our fall 2021 ST*BA call-to-artists process, wherein applicants based public art proposals off of a story of their choosing. 

Due to the project's strong resonance within our community, we asked Leilehua to take on a 2022 Hui Mo'olelo cohort to expand our network of storytellers, capture new Maui stories and inspire potential works of public art for our next call-to-artists. Click below to experience 8 of the stories recorded this week -- with 7 more scheduled for next week! (If you feel like you may want to apply for our next RFP, start listening now or share with a special artist in your life!)
  1. Soon Yai Amaral, Elder kamaʻāina of Lānaʻi + Diane Preza, Kamaʻāina of Lānaʻi (Listen)
  2. Dean Del Rosario, Kamaʻāina of Lānaʻi + Shelly Preza, Executive Director, Lānaʻi Culture & Heritage Center (Listen)
  3. Annadelle Yahiro + Michael Bursack, Docents for Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House / Maui Historical Society (Listen)
  4. Hōkūlani Holt, PhD, Kumu Hula, Pāʻū O Hiʻiaka, Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, University of Hawaii Maui College + Cody Pueo Pata, Kumu Hula, Halau Hula ʻo ka Malama Mahilani and cultural advisor to the Maui County Mayor (Listen)
  5. Sally Ann Delos Reyes, Water-woman + Lopaka White, Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission (Listen)
  6. Kauwela Bisquera, General Manager, Queen Kaʻahumanu Center + Kekoa Enomoto, ʻAhahui Kaʻahumanu and Chairwoman, Paʻupena Community Development Corporation (Listen)
  7. Frank De Rego, Maui Police Commission, Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Maui County Climate Action Resiliency Planning Advisory Committee + ​Wallette Pellegrino, Former Host of ”Preserving Our Recollections” Oral History TV Program for University of Hawaii Maui College (Listen)
  8. BONUS EPISODE: Sissy Lake-Farm + Lopaka White talk story about Hawaiian Canoe Club (Listen)
In partnership with the County of Maui, Hale Hō‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House/ Maui Historical Society, and the newly formed Maui Public Art Corps, SMALL TOWN * BIG ART pairs professional artists with community consultants to co-create public art that celebrates Wailuku's history, culture and sense of place. 

Engaging the public in both the process and the product, visual, performance and experiential art installations are created through community input that align with ‘ōlelo from Mary Kawena Pukui's ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Political Sayings. Through many hands and many voices, these creative interpretations represent a revitalized identity for this small town with the BIGGEST heart. Learn more.
Past ST*BA Projects

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 with our Talk Story consortium
The Value of Storytelling with Leilehua Yuen
​E ala! E alu! E kuilima! by Lori Hepner
Mana Wahine by Bailey Onaga, Courtney Chargin, Amanda Joy Bowers, Alex Underwood
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 | Techs


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