Meet the team behind the de Young Global Fellow, Douglas Miles

Aloha kakou….It is Kua`aina Associates’ belief that working collaboratively on a project provides an opportunity for a more monumental outcome.  As an organization who produces and coordinates art and cultural projects and programs, it’s especially magical when we have the opportunity to work with art organizations and their staff  that are like-minded and committed to the maintenance and sharing of culture and artistic expression. The partners of the de Young’s 2016-17 Global Fellows Project are no exception. It’s been a pleasure to work side by side with these amazing colleagues as we prepare for Douglas Miles’ arrival to San Francisco. These passionate visionaries, who are hard working individuals, believe that art is a vehicle in creating a beautiful and better world. We the team behind the scene are truly blessed to be in a position to  do this work – to share ideas, resources, skills and friendships, while being in the midst of creative geniuses.

Join us by celebrating the excellence of art and culture by visiting Douglas Miles:

  • Feb. 1 – 26: Artist-in-Resident, Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young Museum
  • March 1 – 13:  Public Art at the Luggage Store’s 509 Ellis, Tenderloin National Forest

E hana me ka ha ` aha` a,  Carolyn Kuali`i


Carolyn Kualii – Kua`aina  Co-Founder/Director;  Laurie Lazer – The Luggage Store Co-Founder/Director/Curator;  Rene Baldocchi – Art Consultant & former Director of Public Programs, de Young Museum and Kevin Chen – Manager of Artist Studio & Public Programs de Young Museum

The de Young Global Fellows program invites indigenous artists from around the world to activate the museum as a space where important cultural connections can be forged and historic collections can be enlivened through the interactions with the public. Art, indigenous knowledge, and technology will be brought together to interrogate and explore the relationship of our global community to our shared natural environment.


de Young Global Fellow, Douglas Miles’  “Fort Apache” mural in South Bronx in collaboration with Point CDC 2016   “There is a place in AZ called Fort Apache and there is a place in the South Bronx, NY called the same”.

Throughout each year, the selected artist will share process as they develop their work and educate local, national, and international audiences about the environmental issues facing indigenous communities. They will also utilize their artwork to protect and maintain the cultural heritage of their communities. For one month, the artist takes up residence at the de Young museum to share their works and works-in-progress, promoting cross-cultural exchange and dialogue and to engage in biocultural education and expression.


Kimball Education Gallery – Global Fellow    Douglas Mile Artist-in-Residency                Feb. 1 to Feb. 26, 2017   Tuesday – Sundays 1pm – 5pm

The Collaborative Team Behind the Scene:

screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-11-57-59-amThe Luggage Store, also known as The 509 Cultural Center is a non profit artist run multidisciplinary arts organization, founded in 1987. The Luggage Store builds community by organizing multidisciplinary arts programming accessible to and reflective of the Bay Area’s residents. Programs are designed to broaden social and aesthetic networks, and to encourage the flow of images and ideas between the diverse cultural communities that cross paths in our exceptionally dynamic downtown San Francisco neighborhood.

 The Luggage Store organize exhibitions, performing arts events, arts education and public art programs designed to amplify the voices of the region’s diverse artists and residents, to promote inclusion and respect, to reduce inter-group tensions and to work towards dispelling the stereotypes and fears that continue to separate us.

logoKua`aina Associates was established in 2002 as a result of a Hawaiian and Maori recognizing that it was time and their responsibility to bring together their collective years of experience as cultural stewards. Kua`aina is a non-profit organization that provides capacity building assistance to Native cultural and art organizations, cultural masters, individual artists and produces special art and cultural projects.

“Kua`aina takes into their care what is precious and scared to indigenous peoples and facilitate the passing of indigenous knowledge and cultural values from one generation to another”.  

 The de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco was founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city and a cherished destination for million of residents and visitors tot he region for over 100 years. In 2005, the de Young Museum re-opened in a state-of-the-art new facility that integrates are, architecture and the natural landscape in one multi-faceted destination that inspire audiences from around the world.

Designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Neuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco. The New de Young provides San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, Textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americans.

About Our Funder:  The de Young Global Fellows are supported through the generosity of Christian Fund  who believes in the power of biological and cultural diversity to sustain and enrich a world faced with great change and uncertainty. The Foundation focus on the biocultural – the rich but neglected adaptive interweave of people and place, culture and ecology.


Christensen Fund’s mission is to buttress the efforts of people and institutions who believe in a biodiverse world infused with artistic expression and work to secure ways of life and landscapes that are beautiful, bountiful and resilient.


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