10th annual event features local artists, interactive art project, Legislators art contest

WHO: Hawai‘i State Senators and Representatives

WHAT: 10th Annual Art at the Capitol

WHEN: Friday, April 6

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Hawai‘i State Capitol

The public is invited to attend the 10th annual Art at the Capitol on Friday, April 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the State Capitol. At this festive and free event, visitors are welcome to view the work of local artists that are displayed in the offices of the Legislature.

The theme this year, “Share Your Voice,” reflects on the self-expression inherent in creating the pieces of art in and around the State Capitol. It also is the intention behind a unique art exhibit that invites the public to share their thoughts and aspirations.

Hawai‘i is joining in a global public art project created by artist Candy Chang. Now installed on the fourth floor of the State Capitol is a wall that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations to the question, “Before I die, I want to….” The project is intended to help restore perspective and understand the people around us in a new and enlightening way. More than 2,000 similar walls have been created around the world.

Also on display this year is the exhibit featuring the abstract self-portrait artwork created by State Legislators. The Legislators’ pieces will be judged by artists with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the public is invited to vote on their favorite portrait in a “People’s Choice” award that will be announced that evening.

Art at the Capitol begins with the Opening Program at 4:30 p.m. in Conference Room 325 that includes an introduction of artists and special guests. Self-guided tours start at 5 p.m. and the galleries of the Senate and House will be open to view a new video about artist Candy Chang and her unique participatory public art projects along with videos from previous years of Art at the Capitol.

Throughout the evening, music will be performed by the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony. The program ends at 7 p.m., however the public is invited to continue the celebration of local art and music just across the street at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, which will be open until 9 p.m.

Art at the Capitol was developed as an extension of the “Art In Public Places” program sponsored by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

For photos and videos of previous Art at the Capitol events:

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