Showcasing five years of projects geared to celebrate the history, culture and sense of place of Wailuku Town, the exhibit features 64 artworks led by professional artists and informed by more than 200 community partners to date.
"We believe that public art has the power to enrich our lives and ignite conversations," says Maui Public Art Corps Chair Kelly McHugh-White. "This exhibit is a testament to the talent and spirit of our local and visiting artists and a reflection of our commitment to fostering a vibrant, inclusive, and culturally rich environment in Wailuku"
Developed through a 2018 Our Town grant by the National Endowment for the Arts, SMALL TOWN * BIG ART is a collaborative creative placemaking initiative of the County of Maui + Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House / Maui Historical Society + Maui Public Art Corps working to develop an arts district that celebrates the distinctive sense of place, history and culture of Wailuku, Hawai‘i.
Professional artists are paired with community consultants to co-create visual, performance and experiential art installations that align with ‘ōlelo from Mary Kawena Pukui’s ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings.
Through many hands and many voices, these creative interpretations represent a revitalized identity for this small town with the BIGGEST heart.