On May 9, international recording artist and 2012 NACF Artist Fellow Raiatea Helm (Native Hawaiian) will perform in Washington, D.C., at the White House Forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage.
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Kuleana (responsibility), Hawaiian ancestors and values give strength to the work of Kapulani Landgraf, a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) multidisciplinary artist who creates mixed-media installations, collages and photographs that are often inspired by her people’s long history of political resistance to the destruction of waterways and earth sites.
Through its California Bridge Initiative: Arts + Health program, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has awarded four California non-profits $10,000 to support projects to enhance the health of Native youth through art. The foundation awarded a total of $40,000 to the Cultural Conservancy, Dancing Earth Creations, the Native American Health Center of Oakland and Pitzer College.
“The organizations awarded 2013 California Bridge Initiative Arts + Health grants have planned innovative ways to address physical health and well-being of Native youth through the creation of artwork or participation in arts practice,” explained foundation Program Director Reuben Roqueñi.
Each May, the PA’I Foundation partners with organizations in Honolulu to host a month long celebration of Native Hawaiian art and artists, known as Maoli Arts Month (MAMo).
The annual event celebrates Native Hawaiian arts through exhibitions, arts markets and activities showcasing the work of traditional and contemporary artists. Mid-month, Native Hawaiian designers present their work in the MAMo Wearable Art Show, a fashion show filled with color, innovative designs and aloha of Native Hawaiian people. Artists sell their work at the Bishop Museum during a weekend art market. Throughout the month, venues all over the city celebrate the work of Native artists in exhibits and gallery openings.