Blank Canvas Gala

(HawaiiNewsNow) - A fun evening awaits patrons of POW WOW Hawai'i's Blank Canvas fundraiser on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 6 to 10 pm at The Warehouse located at 683 Auahi Street in Kaka'ako. A benefit for the organization's enrichment programs, the evening will begin with food trucks dispensing pupus and cocktails, guided tours of urban art murals in Kaka'ako, and a street dancing exhibition.

Guest chefs from top restaurants will offer their signature dishes for the buffet dinner and a mixologist will design exotic libations. People wearing white can get their clothing painted or printed by a team of artists and guests can watch a live art installation take place during the gala evening.

Designers and artists will contribute one-of-a-kind runners for the tables which will be auctioned off as part of a unique art-based silent auction.

A group of contemporary artists committed to community enrichment through the creation of art outreach programs, POW WOW Hawai'i will also debut a short video presentation on the amazing art installations that now adorn buildings throughout the Kaka'ako area.

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund educational programs for youth and outreach activities to engage the community in the creation and appreciation of art.

According to fashion designer and Blank Canvas committee member Anne Namba, POW WOW Hawaii is having a powerful impact on the community. For the past two years, aerosol artists and visual activists from around-the-world have gathered in Hawai'i to create spectacular murals on buildings in the Kaka'ako district.

Their work has inspired children from all walks of life who are learning about art through educational outreach programs recently established by POW WOW Hawaii members. "Artists involved in POW WOW have gone to various schools to promote their art form and teach youth who have no outlet for their creativity," said Namba.

"The first series of classes was a huge success with students learning such skills as how to work with different materials and in a group to create something they can be proud of. With the budget cuts in our public school system, art programs have unfortunately suffered and youngsters are not getting exposure to any kind of art," Namba stated.

"These kids can relate to the urban style art that POW WOW represents and look up to the artists as "cool." Every one of them eagerly signed up for the program and attended the classes on their own time. Several have continued to go every day to the center just to do art even after the series ended," she continued.

"All this takes money, however, so we are holding a fundraising gala to support POW WOW Hawaii and all that it does," said Namba.

Single tickets are $125. Tables of ten start at $2,000. Premium tables, which include special favors, are $5,000. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

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