PA’I FOUNDATION RECEIVES $150,000 “OUR TOWN” GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
Big congratulations to Kumu Vicky Holt Takamine, who once again moves Hawaii arts and Hawaiian artists forward into the national landscape. The PA’I Foundation is the only Hawai’i organization to receive this prestigious NEA grant designed to develop an “Artspace” project in Hawai’i that will provide both affordable housing for Hawaiian artists and space for traditional Hawaiian art forms.
NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman announced the grant winners earlier today in Washington, D.C. PA’I Foundation is one of 51 inaugural “Our Town” Grant recipients, and the only one from Hawai’i. In total, over $6.5 million is being invested into communities around the country to support the arts as part of a community revitalization strategy.
Vicky Holt Takamine, PA’I Foundation Executive Director and Kumu Hula, “We would like to say ‘Mahalo Nui’ to the National Endowment for the Arts, our partners at Artspace, the Ford Foundation for their investment into the “discovery” process with Artspace and Mayor Peter Carlisle for providing a letter of support which was critical to our selection. We will use these grant funds to support the development of Ola Ka ‘Ilima (Creative Art Spaces).”
“Our Town” is the NEA’s latest investment in “Creative Placemaking,” through which partners from both public and private sectors come together to shape the social, physical, and economic character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. The grant invests in “creative and innovative projects in communities specifically seeking to: Improve their quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place and revitalize local economies.”