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National Arts Program Exhibit at Honolulu Hale


(Friday, May 14, 2010) --- The fifth annual exhibit of the National Arts Program in Honolulu will be on display at City Hall from May 17 to June 3, Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced.


The event, presented by the National Arts Program Foundation and Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts, features original art in various media by City employees and their family members.  Work includes paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, crafts, and other visual arts.  Over the past four years, City employees and their families have submitted more than 270 pieces for display.


All works have been judged by professional arts practitioners from the Commission on Culture and the Arts in four categories: amateur, intermediate, professional, and youth.  Mayor Hannemann will announce the winning artists at a City Hall reception on Friday, May 21, at noon.


"The artistic talent of City employees never ceases to amaze me.  The quality of the artworks submitted for the National Arts Program keeps getting better and better each year," said Mayor Hannemann. "We're grateful to the National Arts Program for its continued partnership with the City and to all the participants for sharing their creativity with us."


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 in more than 450 large and small cities, counties, airports, hospitals, and other organizations.  The program is now producing "people's art" at a rate of some 20,000 pieces a year.  The City and County of Honolulu is the only organization in Hawaii to participate.


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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