Welcome to ARTlandia – a Celebration of the Arts and Culture of Rural Life through Creative Placemaking
ARTlandia is the current community arts place-making program sponsored by One Island and is actively developing new Arts Engagement and Cultural Planning projects.
To see a gallery of past exhibits and events, click here.
New project information is below.
The HEART of Kohala
The HEART of Kohala is a new visual and performing Cultural Arts Planning project conducting sounding sessions in North Kohala. The project is conducting asset mapping to identify current and historical cultural resources (people, places, programs). As part of the mapping, a team is conducting community conversations about the history and future of the Arts in Kohala. HEART is actively seeking funding to prepare a Cultural Arts Plan and Design for public art spaces, installations and events.
Click for comprehensive HEART of Kohala resources
Proposed Cultural Arts Programs
1) Our Town : Our Story
Six villages in Hawaii, California and Washington are developing an innovative new rural arts project called Our Town: Our Story. Produced by ARTlandia, this project is sponsored by Heritage Ranch, Inc. and will assist the rural villages in assessing, developing and celebrating the Arts as a potent sustainability vehicle to help these communities enhance their arts programming, youth retention, and economic and cultural revitalization efforts.
The project is focused on developing place-based arts programming that strengthens local community identity by acknowledging and celebrating the unique qualities of rural life. Each village is developing three local project activities including: Art walk exhibits and events, School and afterschool arts mentoring, Adult and family education workshops, a Community arts and music festival, and ART-X arts administrator capacity building exchanges.
Hawaii Mural by Mary Sky Schoolcraft on right, Point Reyes Artist in the Schools student art watershed project below
ARTlandia funding will support up to fifteen programs that contribute to building a healthy, vibrant, arts-infused community that creates new jobs and spurs revitalization. The villages will each receive arts program and organization support to engage their community in experiential art activities that are delivered through arts centers, the schools, community centers, libraries, art galleries, farmer’s markets, field work, and social networks.
ARTlandia’s Our Town : Our Story will demonstrate that the strategic integration of the arts into rural communities is an essential sustainability component in building healthy, resilient, vibrant communities.
The project’s overarching impacts will be to, first, increase local residents’ sense of connection to and appreciation for their rural community through increased access to the arts and, second, to raise wider regional awareness of these participating communities as sought-after art hubs and visitor destinations.
Whidbey Island glass art to left
Our Town’s Proposed Lead Arts Sites
Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island, WA
Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA
and One Island, Hawaii Island, HI
2) Honaunau Now!
Artists, dancers, musicians and storytellers will bring the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park to life for all ages during “Honaunau Now!”.
The Artlandia program is planning a series of art performance and multi-media events illuminating Hawaiian Culture, historic events and contemporary arts: Hawaiian hula dance, Paniolo cowboy and Hawaiian slack key guitar music, the Hawaiian writings of Mark Twain, Isabella Bird, Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London, and traditional native and contemporary artists will engage the public in celebrating the heart and history of Honaunau during collaborative day and evening presentations. A concurrent multi-media Artist and Writers in the School community-as-classroom and online project working with K-12 students and their families will increase appreciation for the history and future of the Arts and our Parks as national treasures.
Honaunau Now! photography by Kathleen Carr