HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -This summer, Honolulu's hive of art, food, retail and nightlife- Chinatown-becomes the site of FIND ART: Celebrating Community + Creativity. Over three days, FIND ART reconfigures Chinatown into a wonderland of family, music, art, and craftivism, with a goal of reinforcing local community connections.
FIND ART brings visiting established artists and musicians into a creative mashup with their local peers and the public. The mix includes five contemporary visual artists from the mainland who emphasize community involvement in their work. In addition, four local artists will engage with and "play" with public space and the public in general. At the Saturday FIND ART in the Park event, visitors can screen a t-shirt, make fruit jam, crochet a clutch bag, listen to a host of local indie bands, and eat some of the best food that Chinatown has to offer.
FIND ART is organized by artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and community organizers who were born at a time when a social network was built on a foundation of face-to-face connections with family, friends and mentors. At the same time this group has built relationships with like minds that span the entire globe, crossing cultures and generations. With a foot in each of these worlds, the festival organizers have been inspired to harness the generative energies in Chinatown. This Honolulu neighborhood brings together the harshest realities of urban life, thriving cultural practices, pedestrian-friendly living, affordable locally-sourced food, trendy boutiques, and a healthy mix of professionals and residents from all income levels. FIND ART has been imagined from the ground up as a tailor-made engagement with this community. "It all started with a group of friends talking story," says festival co-organizer and curator Trisha Lagaso Goldberg. "We all work in Chinatown, play in Chinatown-we wanted to found an event to share the vibrancy of this area with everyone on the island-from our parents and their generation, to our 'non-Chinatown' friends, to family members, and kids." In addition to Lagaso Goldberg, the organizing committee comprises Jun Jo, co-owner of in4mation/Human Imagination; Lisa Yamada, editor of FLUX Hawaii magazine; and Ara Laylo, creative director of FLUX Hawaii magazine. All events are free and open to the public.
WHERE: Chinatown Artists Lofts at the Mendonca Building, Louis Pohl Gallery, Mercury, Mojo Barbershop & Social Club, NextDoor, Pegge Hopper Gallery, Smith-Beretania Urban Park, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park, The Arts at Marks Garage, The Human Imagination, The Manifest, thirtyninehotel
WHEN: June 28-30, 2012
OPENING PROGRAM: FIND ART Panel Discussion featuring visual artists Carolyn Castaño (Los Angeles), Fallen Fruit (Los Angeles), & Stephanie Syjuco (San Francisco) at The Arts at Marks Garage, Thursday, June 28, 5:00-6:30 PM.
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