EHCC adds new twist to Youth Art Month activities


March 14, 2022, 6:30 a.m. HST
* Updated March 13, 2:44 p.m.

It’s March, time for “Young at Art” at the East Hawai’i Cultural Center in downtown Hilo.

Now in its 34th year, “Young at Art” offers keiki across the island from K-12 the opportunity to submit artwork for juried exhibition, with prizes and awards in multiple categories. . Nearly 200 paintings, drawings and sculptures are exhibited at the EHCC and in satellite locations.

Young at Art program manager Marisa Miyashiro is working on installing windmills and windmills in Kalākaua Park. (Photo courtesy of Andrzej Kramarz)

This year’s theme is “Place: Spaces that Shape Us”. According to a press release, students were asked to reflect on the settings and spaces that help shape who they are. Young artists were invited to explore their emotional connections to places, real or imagined.

And for the first time, the exhibit moved into the community, with satellite locations at the Hilo Public Library and the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center.

Alongside the exhibition, EHCC is collaborating with several partners to celebrate Youth Art Month by offering free art activities culminating in an exhibition in Kalākaua Park. This year features a community-generated kinetic art installation of windmills and windmills – made almost entirely from recycled materials – which were created by young people participating in “YAS2”, an activity program free arts and crafts on Saturdays on the EHCC veranda, or taking part in activities at the Imiloa Astronomy Center and the library.


According to the statement, After School All Stars and the Hawai’i Science and Technology Museum helped children assemble windmills from recycled plastic bottles, which now sit on beams above the driveway of the park. Windmills adorn the banks of the pond and were designed by keiki of EHCC with the Hilo High School Art Club, with the help of local carpenter Jerry Moulton.


The “Young at Art” exhibitions and the exhibition in the park will be visible throughout the month of March.

For more information, visit EHCC online, call 808-961-5711, or visit the cultural center at 141 Kalākaua Street. Current gallery and office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


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