Art at the Capitol

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Art at the Capitol is an annual event held in the spring at the Hawaii State Capitol. House and Senate members open their doors after working hours during a “First Friday” event to give the public an opportunity to view hundreds of pieces of public art displayed in lawmakers' offices. On this special night, the Capitol becomes a museum for the public to view state-owned artwork and even chat with some of the artist themselves. Live chamber music from talented local student musicians set the mood with ambient compositions, allowing the melodies to resound into the volcanic-like opening of the Capitol building. Special tours of the House and Senate chambers are also given throughout the evening. The works of art are part of the “Art in Public Places” collection held by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The “Art in Public Places” program enhances the environmental quality of state public buildings and spaces for the enjoyment and enrichment of the public; cultivates the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of visual arts; contributes toward the development and recognition of a professional artistic community; and acquires, preserves, and displays works of art expressive of the character of the Hawaiian Islands. The program was established in 1967 and was the first program of its kind in the nation.

Don't forget to the "Sound the Horn" in support for all Public Transportation Workers today,This commemorative moment wi...
04/16/2020
City and County of Honolulu to commemorate essential public transportation workers

Don't forget to the "Sound the Horn" in support for all Public Transportation Workers today,
This commemorative moment will take place on Thursday at 9 a.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time (HST), and all TheBus and TheHandi-Van drivers are encouraged to honk their horns with our nation’s transit partners in support and solidarity.

Riders are encouraged to use the #SoundTheHorn and #HeroesMovingHeroes on social media to hashtag the event. See below for details. Mahalo.

The City and County of Honolulu’s TheBus and TheHandi-Van will be participating in the nationwide “Sound the Horn” campaign, to show support for essential public transportation workers across the United States. The campaign is organized through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) o...

As beautiful as all these paintings were we can only have one winner.And the painting with the most votes goes to....** ...
04/04/2020

As beautiful as all these paintings were we can only have one winner.
And the painting with the most votes goes to....

** Drumroll 🥁

Joel Kutaka’s Self Portrait !!

Thank you everyone for participating in our first Virtual Art at the Capitol this year. We hope you all are staying safe as we go through these unprecedented times. We hope to see you next year in person at the Capitol! Mahalo 🌸

Self-quarantine and self-improvingThis time last year, folks that came to the Art at the Capitol event wrote down on the...
04/04/2020

Self-quarantine and self-improving

This time last year, folks that came to the Art at the Capitol event wrote down on the "Before I die.." board something they wanted to achieve or see before they pass on. With self-quarantine being practiced, it is a great time to remember those goals and work towards getting them checked off.

04/04/2020
What's on your wall, Senator Kai Kahele?

Senator Kaiali'i Kahele shows us the beautiful artwork hung in his office by Ethelreda Kaialuna R. Kahalewai and a short story of how this hook took place in the history of Hawai'i.

Fun Fact: This month will be Leonardo Da Vinci's 568th birthday! Although he was most known for his paintings, his areas...
04/04/2020

Fun Fact: This month will be Leonardo Da Vinci's 568th birthday!
Although he was most known for his paintings, his areas of interest also included invention, drawing, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, paleontology, and cartography as well.

He is most known for his piece, the Mona Lisa, that is on display at the Louvre in Paris, France.

Photo: Courtesy of Britannica.com

04/04/2020
Paintings by Staff Members of the Legislature

PAINTING COMPETITION TONIGHT AT 4:30-8:00

Before the Hawai’i State Capitol was shut down, members of the legislature and their staff members were invited to a relaxing painting session during their lunch break.

So why not make it a friendly competition?

We will be holding a contest on our Facebook Story to determine who the winners of the Best Painting award will be!
Voting of the best paintings will be up from 4:30 to 8 P.M. for voting.

Keep an eye out for our story and start voting at 4:30 PM! Mahalo 👩‍🎨 👨‍🎨

04/04/2020
Art at the Capitol 2017: What's on Your Wall, Rep. Cedric Gates

Representative Cedric Gates explains how this photo helps to remind him of the struggle that many families were facing back then, and still continue to face to this day.

Artist: Frederick Morris

Click the link to be directed to the video! Mahalo.

Join us for "Art at the Capitol" on First Friday, April 7, 2017 from 5-7 pm to view art displayed in the offices our state lawmakers. Rep. Cedric Gates talks...

04/03/2020

Today we will be hosting our first virtual Art at the Capitol event at 2 p.m.! We'll be posting some throwbacks and pictures throughout the day. Make sure to check it out!

Aloha everyone,Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be hosting our annual Art at the Capitol event at t...
04/03/2020

Aloha everyone,
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be hosting our annual Art at the Capitol event at the Hawai'i State Capitol this year. Instead, we will be hosting it virtually right here on our page! Stay tuned tomorrow and let's have some fun from the safety of our homes!

This art piece was created by Senator Taniguchi's staff member

03/13/2020

We are sorry to announce that Art at the Capitol 2020 has been cancelled as a precaution to help reduce the spread of #COVID19. All public gatherings at the Hawaii State Capitol are being cancelled for the time being. See you in 2021!

*EVENT CANCELLED due to COVID-19 prevention*The public is invited to attend the 12th annual Art at the Capitol on Friday...
03/07/2020

*EVENT CANCELLED due to COVID-19 prevention*

The public is invited to attend the 12th annual Art at the Capitol on Friday, April 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the State Capitol. At this festive and free event, visitors are welcome to view art works by local artists that are displayed in the offices of the Legislature. The theme this year, “Art IN the Capitol: Up Close and Personal,” reflects on the use of portraits in the public art collection including the official portraits of prior governors now hanging in the Governor's Ceremonial Office. Read more at https://hawaiihouseblog.blogspot.com/2020/03/lawmakers-invite-public-to-attend-art.html

Art at the Capitol's cover photo
01/29/2020

Art at the Capitol's cover photo

It's 2020 and the planning for this year's ART AT THE CAPITOL has begun!  We're so excited and can't wait to start posti...
01/23/2020

It's 2020 and the planning for this year's ART AT THE CAPITOL has begun! We're so excited and can't wait to start posting all the details so please come back and visit us soon!

Photo: The Hawai'i State Senate

Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran (Wailuku, Waihe`e, Kahului) was the grand prize winner in a legislators art competition hel...
04/12/2019

Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran (Wailuku, Waihe`e, Kahului) was the grand prize winner in a legislators art competition held at the recent Art at the Capitol celebration held on Friday, April 5th.

Senators and Representatives were invited to attend an art class which taught them several techniques in photography and collage making, and then let their creativity take over as they created their own one-of-a-kind art pieces.

These works were then displayed at the Art at the Capitol celebration and the public was encouraged to vote on their favorites. Senator Keith-Agaran's piece won the grand prize and Representative Amy Perruso's piece won second place.

Art at the Capitol is an annual event held in the spring at the Capitol at which time House and Senate members open their offices after-hours and invite the public to this "First Friday" event showcasing the hundreds of pieces of public art within the Capitol. These works of art are part of the "Art in Public Places" collection held by the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Senator Agaran's wining piece, entitled "Freedom of Speech" (first photo) and Representative Perruso's piece entitled "One Purpose" (second photo) will be placed in a new time capsule which will soon be sealed within the Capitol walls. Earlier this year a celebration was held commemorating the Capitol's 50th birthday, and a time-capsule created when the building was dedicated in 1969 was opened revealing amazing old photos, microfilm and treasured objects.

Art at the Capitol's cover photo
04/08/2019

Art at the Capitol's cover photo

Another great Art at the Capitol event. Thank you all for being here, meeting with the Representatives and staff, and en...
04/08/2019
04 05 19 Art @ the Capitol

Another great Art at the Capitol event. Thank you all for being here, meeting with the Representatives and staff, and enjoying works from the state art collection. https://www.flickr.com/photos/hihousedems/albums/72157677624742467

The public attended the 11th annual Art at the Capitol on Friday, April 5 at the State Capitol. The theme this year, “The Capitol is Art,” reflects on the art aspects of the building and focuses on the 50th Anniversary of the Capitol itself.

SFCA staff cleaned "Aquarius" (glass mosaic, Tadashi Sato) at the Hawaii State Capitol. Come and see it at the Legislatu...
04/06/2019

SFCA staff cleaned "Aquarius" (glass mosaic, Tadashi Sato) at the Hawaii State Capitol. Come and see it at the Legislature's annual Art at the Capitol event, this Friday (April 5, 2019), 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.!

SFCA staff cleaned "Aquarius" (glass mosaic, Tadashi Sato) at the Hawaii State Capitol. Come and see it at the Legislature's annual Art at the Capitol event, this Friday (April 5, 2019), 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.!

The 2019 Art at the Capitol has begun with artists, lawmakers and visitors gathering to view public art on display in St...
04/06/2019

The 2019 Art at the Capitol has begun with artists, lawmakers and visitors gathering to view public art on display in State Capitol Offices. Come join us. #ArtattheCapitol

Art at the Capitol's cover photo
04/05/2019

Art at the Capitol's cover photo

04/02/2019
LIVE AT THE LEGISLATURE - 4/1/19

Senate Communications Director speaks with Senator Brian Taniguchi on this week Friday's upcoming Art at the Capitol celebration. This event will run from 4:30 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Art at the Capitol is an annual event, started by Senator Taniguchi in 2008, held in the spring at the Hawaii State Capitol. House and Senate members open their doors after working hours during a “First Friday” event to give the public an opportunity to view hundreds of pieces of public art displayed in lawmakers' offices.

On this special night, the Capitol becomes a museum for the public to view state-owned artwork and even chat with some of the artist themselves. Live chamber music from talented local student musicians set the mood with ambient compositions, allowing the melodies to resound into the volcanic-like opening of the Capitol building. Special tours of the House and Senate chambers are also given throughout the evening.

The works of art are part of the “Art in Public Places” collection held by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The “Art in Public Places” program enhances the environmental quality of state public buildings and spaces for the enjoyment and enrichment of the public; cultivates the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of visual arts; contributes toward the development and recognition of a professional artistic community; and acquires, preserves, and displays works of art expressive of the character of the Hawaiian Islands.
The program was established in 1967 and was the first program of its kind in the nation.

Season 2, Episode 12 of LIVE AT THE LEGISLATURE from the Hawaii State Capitol.

Sen. Kidani shows off a print of Molokai
03/27/2019

Sen. Kidani shows off a print of Molokai

Today lawmakers created collages in preparation for Art at the Capitol on Friday, April 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. This year's e...
03/07/2019

Today lawmakers created collages in preparation for Art at the Capitol on Friday, April 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. This year's event theme is "The Capitol is Art," reflecting on the artistic aspects of the Capitol building and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Capitol itself. The collages will be on display during Art at the Capitol and part of the legislators' art contest.
Joy San Buenaventura, South Maui District 11 Representative Tina Wildberger, Representative Amy Perruso, Representative David A. Tarnas, Scot Matayoshi, Mark Nakashima

Message from Senator Brian Taniguchi:After our great landscape art class with the State Foundation on Culture and the Ar...
02/26/2019

Message from Senator Brian Taniguchi:

After our great landscape art class with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), I ended up with this interpretation of Hitchcock's Waimea Canyon.

Too bad it's not even close!!! I know, I know - stick to my day job!

Please join us for Art at the Capitol on First Friday, April 5th, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Come see all the great public art work that is on display in your Hawai'i State Capitol!

#AATC #ArtAtTheCapitol #BrianTaniguchi #ArtInPublicPlaces #HISAM

Art at the Capitol's cover photo
02/24/2019

Art at the Capitol's cover photo

The public is invited to attend the 11th annual Art at the Capitol on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sta...
02/24/2019
Art at the Capitol Exhibit to Open April 5

The public is invited to attend the 11th annual Art at the Capitol on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the State Capitol. At this festive and free event, visitors are welcome to view the works of public art that are displayed in the offices at the State Capitol. The theme this year, “The Capitol is Art,” reflects on the art aspects of the building and focuses on the 50th Anniversary of the Capitol itself. Art at the Capitol was begun by Sen. Brian Taniguchi 11 years ago and developed as an extension of the “Art in Public Places” program sponsored by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

#ArtInPublicPlaces #StateCapitol #ArtAtTheCapitol #HISAM #HawaiiSenate #HawaiiHouse #HawaiiArt

The public is invited to attend the 11th annual Art at the Capitol on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the State Capitol.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at Art At The Capitol 2019!
12/26/2018

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at Art At The Capitol 2019!

Thank you so much to all who attended our Art at The Capitol event on April 6th!  Please enjoy some of the moments that ...
04/10/2018
Art At The Capitol (April 6, 2018)

Thank you so much to all who attended our Art at The Capitol event on April 6th! Please enjoy some of the moments that were captured and we'll see you all next year! Aloha!

Explore this photo album by Hawaii Senate on Flickr!

Art at the Capitol is on right now! Come down see the art, meet lawmakers, listen to music and enjoy the State Capitol.
04/07/2018

Art at the Capitol is on right now! Come down see the art, meet lawmakers, listen to music and enjoy the State Capitol.

The public is invited to attend the 10th annual Art at the Capitol on Friday, April 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the State...
04/04/2018

The public is invited to attend the 10th annual Art at the Capitol on Friday, April 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the State Capitol. At this festive and free event, visitors are welcome to view the work of local artists that are displayed in the offices of the Legislature.
Hope to see you there!

*Here's a great moment from last year's event with Senator Mike Gabbard and Rep. Sam Kong!

"Share Your Voice," is the theme for Art at the Capitol this year. You can do that by joining in a participatory public ...
04/03/2018

"Share Your Voice," is the theme for Art at the Capitol this year. You can do that by joining in a participatory public art project created by artist Candy Chang and answering the question "Before I die, I want..." This wall is located on the fourth floor of the State Capitol.

02/21/2018

State Capitol shares lessons in art, culture, history and aloha

05/24/2017
Onipaa The Spirit of Liliuokalani

Have you ever wondered how the Queen Liliuokalani statue ended up being right outside of the Hawaii State Capitol? Watch this video by 'Ōlelo Community Media, "Onipa'a The Spirit of Liliuokalani," which premiered at the recent Art at the Capitol to find out!

The theme of 2017 Art at the Capitol was the Queen Liliuokalani Statue.

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Art at the Capitol is an annual event held in the spring at the Hawaii State Capitol. House and Senate members open their doors after working hours during a “First Friday” event to give the public an opportunity to view hundreds of pieces of public art displayed in lawmakers' offices. On this special night, the Capitol becomes a museum for the public to view state-owned artwork and even chat with some of the artist themselves. Live chamber music from talented local student musicians set the mood with ambient compositions, allowing the melodies to resound into the volcanic-like opening of the Capitol building. Special tours of the House and Senate chambers are also given throughout the evening. The works of art are part of the “Art in Public Places” collection held by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The “Art in Public Places” program enhances the environmental quality of state public buildings and spaces for the enjoyment and enrichment of the public; cultivates the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of visual arts; contributes toward the development and recognition of a professional artistic community; and acquires, preserves, and displays works of art expressive of the character of the Hawaiian Islands.

The program was established in 1967 and was the first program of its kind in the nation.

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