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National Arts Program Exhibit at Honolulu Hale


(Wednesday, July 8, 2009) -- Original art by City employees and their family members will be on display July 13-28 at City Hall.  The exhibit is presented by The National Arts Program Foundation of Malvern, Pennsylvania, and the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts.


This will be the fourth annual exhibit of The National Arts Program in Honolulu.  Since the program began in Honolulu three years ago, City employees and their families have submitted more than 190 works for display.


City employees produced a wide variety of original paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, crafts and other visual art works.  All displayed works will be judged by professional arts practitioners in the following categories: amateur, intermediate, professional, and youth.  Mayor Mufi Hannemann will announce the winning artists at a City Hall reception on Friday, July 17, at noon.


“The City and County of Honolulu is delighted to continue our partnership with The National Arts Program Foundation, which has done a tremendous job in bringing out the artists in us all,” said Mayor Hannemann.  “The City is the only organization in Hawaii to participate in The National Arts Program, which is among the many ways we are reaching out to foster the creative endeavors of the people of Honolulu.  I’m very grateful to all who are creating and sharing their works for our enjoyment.”


            The program was established in 1983 by The National Arts Program Foundation to identify the artistic talents of our nation.  It involves employees and family members of municipal and county governments and businesses, and is gradually expanding to include the general public.  It reaches more than 450 cities and communities in 44 states and the District of Columbia, a total of 45 million people, in 83 annual venues.


Exhibit hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Exhibit viewing is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts at 768-6622 or visit





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