A Message from the Kua’aina Associates Director

Our Warmest Welcome to the Emerging Indigenous Voices: A New Generation of Artists participants and faculty as they start arriving this weekend to the City by the Bay…San Francisco. Our journey has been a long time coming….lots of planning, networking, and partnering with some of the most incredible individuals and organizations. Among them are our San Francisco partners: San Francisco State University’ College of Ethnic Studies Department’s – American Indian Studies, the César E. Chávez Institute and the Department of Art Printmaking Studio; and collaborations from the following community based organizations: Presita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center, the Mission Girls Organization, The East Bay Media Center and News from Native California. And our joint collaboration with 808 Urban who will be working with the youth at the Pa`ia Youth and Cultural Center as a sister project during our SF artists gathering in Pa`ia, Maui.

As we begin to embark on our two-week artists gathering, I am reminded of the piko of this project…Hawai`i nei and my dearest friends and `ohana back home on Maui and on Oahu and the Big Island….The Kipahulu `Ohana, Maui Fish Pond Association, the Friends of Moku`ula, Hale Akua Organic Farms, Maui Aina Association, Olowalu Cultural Reserve, Pa`ia Tattoo, Branden Smith Photography, and to our Big Island `ohana the Hawaiian`Ohana for Education in the Arts.

A big mahalo to our funders who believed in our project and choice to fund us during these tight financial times: the Christensen Fund who helped funded our project’s planning and this gathering and also the new Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, which selected our project as one of their first grantees, The Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development who continue to support grass root Native community based projects, Navajo Nation for their support and believing in us, A special mahalo to our board members, advisory council members and to our artists faculty!! And most of all the community… friends, family and patrons of the arts and those who support the stewardship of culture, who took the time to make a contribution through snail mail, kickstater or our “donate now” link. We truly are grateful and this project is about you the community.

Please continue to join us in this creative venture by following our blog as we post updates on the project, upload photos and video chips.

Aloha pumehana,

Carolyn Melenani Kuali`i
Executive Director
Kua`aina Associates

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