Kaimuki Per­form­ing Arts gets chal­lenge grant from arts al­liance

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA GOOLSBY

An anony­mous donor has pre­sented Hawaii Arts Al­liance with $110,000 to sup­port high school arts ed­u­ca­tion, the bulk of which will go to eight per­form­ing arts learn­ing cen­ters in the state — in­clud­ing Kaimuki High School Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.

“We re­ally need th­ese funds, and we’re work­ing on a lot of dif­fer­ent things to try to match the grant,” said M.J. Mat­sushita, learn­ing cen­ter co­or­di­na­tor. “ We’ve got up­com­ing per­for­mances of our mu­si­cal, Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors, and we’re bump­ing up con­ces­sions since the ticket sales them­selves can’t go to­ward the grant. We’ve also got dif­fer­ent groups do­nat­ing pot­tery, crafts and photography to help us raise money, and for a $100 do­na­tion — since our mu­si­cal makes den- tists look ‘bad,’ so to speak — we’re print­ing den­tists’ busi­ness cards in our pro­grams in or­der to help them ‘re­deem their pro­fes­sion’ in our Friendly Den­tists sec­tion.”

(Re­main­ing Hor­rors shows are this Satur­day at 7:30 p.m. and Sun­day at 3 p.m., star­ring stu­dents from seven Oahu schools un­der the di­rec­tion of Peggy Anne Sieg­mund. Tick­ets, at $12 and $5, are on sale at Harry’s Mu­sic Store, the the­ater box of­fice prior to the show, at 733-4913 or from www.hon­olu­lubox­of­fice.com).

“It will keep us alive for the rest of this year and hope­fully give us a lit­tle buf­fer for the beginning of next year,” she added. “We just re­ally need all the help we can get at this point.”

The gift is a chal­lenge grant where each cen­ter must first raise funds to match the ini­tial $5,000 gift in or­der to re­ceive a sec­ond grant in­stall­ment, or be­come a $2,000 Arts

An­gel sup­porter with HAA. Fur­ther, it’s also in­tended to chal­lenge other donors to sup­port the arts. To meet the chal­lenge, do­nate di­rectly to a learn­ing cen­ters or be­come an Arts An­gel Sup­porter.

“De­spite the dif­fi­cult eco­nomic cli­mate, it’s good to have donors who see the im­pact of the arts in cre­at­ing 21st cen­tury learn­ers and cit­i­zens and who are step­ping up to in­vest in them now,” said Marilyn Cristo­fori, CEO of the al­liance.

“This gen­er­ous gift is a siz­able do­na­tion, but the gap in arts fund­ing con­tin­ues to widen. We hope this raises the aware­ness of the im­por­tance of arts and cul­ture to our fu­ture.”

The high school cen­ters teach per­for­mance skills to about 1,000 stu­dents a year and count­less oth­ers who are ex­posed to the arts in the au­di­ence.

To do­nate to KPAC, mail checks to Kaimuki High School c/o the Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter or call the school at 733-4900.

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