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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2006
Each winning suggestion earns a $4,000 grant. The winning ideas include capital improvements and special events and programs, all aimed at helping to revitalize
The Bright Ideas program was unveiled at the Mayor’s Chinatown Summit three weeks ago. In response to the call for ideas, 130 one-page proposals were submitted to the Hawaii Arts Alliance.
“This goes to show that people do share the enthusiasm I have for the future of
The winners were chosen by a committee headed by Nancy Aleck, executive director of the Hawaii People’s Fund, and Louise Li, community service director at
The Bright Ideas program was devised by Mayor Mufi Hannemann with the Ford Foundation and the Hawaii Arts Alliance. In a pre-summit meeting with the mayor, Miguel Garcia of the Ford Foundation offered to put up $20,000 for the grants. Mayor Hannemann said he would obtain matching funds, which he did, from five local banks: American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, First Hawaiian Bank and Hawaii National Bank.
Hannemann said, “I want to personally thank the Ford Foundation and our five leading financial institutions for making these awards possible.”
The Bright Idea winners will develop their one-page suggestions into full proposals through the Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development.
The Bright Ideas for
· A Night at
· Mural Art for
· Arts and Crafts Fairs in
· Expand the weekly “
· Chinatown Cultural Showcase: Elaine Evans of the
· Historic Preservation Plaques: JoDee Hunt. Install museum-quality plaques on corners of buildings, determined by their historical or cultural significance to
· Aural Futures – A Guided Walking Tour of Alternative Futures: Jake Dunagan and staff of the
· Modification, Renovation and Recreation of the Nuuanu Streamside Pedestrian Mall: Val Yanagihara. Create a pedestrian bridge connecting
· Parking Meter System Changes: Kim Coffee-Isaak. Promote easy access and convenient affordable parking as an integral part of a thriving neighborhood by implementing meters that accept both coin and electronic card readers and using other cities as models to explore such systems as POM Advanced Parking Meters, NYC pre-paid parking cards, and cellular phone-paid parking.
Michael Pili Pang, Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, 523-4674
Alenka Remec, Office of Economic Development, 527-5761
Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 527-6928
|Friday, July 14, 2006|