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September 13, 2010


$5,000 City Grants Awarded to Eight Arts Organizations


Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced the City has awarded grants of $5,000 to eight nonprofit organizations through the Mayor’s Production Grant Program.


The grant program, now in its sixth year, is the only grant program in Hawaii to provide support for the production of new artistic works in dance, theater, music, literature, and short film that will be part of each organization’s future repertoire.


The City’s Commission on Culture and the Arts reviewed the proposals submitted for the Mayor’s Production Grant Program.  The commission assists the City in preserving the artistic and cultural heritage of Honolulu for residents and visitors alike.  This year’s recipients are:


·       Alliance for Drama Education, for the production of T-Shirt Theatre’s “Passion”;

·       Bamboo Ridge Press, for the publication of Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa;

·       Filipino Community Center, for the production of “Banda Kawayan”;

·       Hawaii Community Television, for the short film “Lost and Found Kukan”;

·       Hawaii Gamelan Society, for the production of “Forty Years of Gamelan in Hawaii”;

·       Monkey Waterfall, for the production of “Celebrity on the Run”;

·       Na Pualei O Likokehua, for the production of “Na Lani Eha”; and

·       Taiko Arts Center, for the production of “Taiko and Sabar.


“The City thanks the artistic community for submitting proposals for the Mayor’s Production Grant Program.  This year’s applicants have shown that Honolulu is thriving with talent.  I am encouraged to see that our local artists are continually seeking ways to present the arts to the community despite the tough economic times,” said Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell.  “We are grateful to be supporting these projects because we understand how important the arts are to our economy as well as our cultural enrichment.”  


            William Feltz, a Culture and the Arts commissioner and member of the Grant Review Committee. added, “We are delighted to see growing interest in the Mayor’s Production Grant Program over the years.  With so many terrific programs being offered throughout the community, selecting only eight awardees was not an easy task.”


The grant funds were appropriated from the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA).  The program is part of MOCA’s initiative of encouraging, sustaining, and incorporating culture and the arts as an essential part of Honolulu’s social and economic life.




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