Invited by PA‘I, a non-profit dedicated to preserving native Hawaiian culture, and with support from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace, Artspace has been working to understand the space needs of the creative community in Hawai‘i since 2009. Through our work, we have come to understand how providing permanent, affordable space for the arts would meet city, county and state goals for economic development, transit oriented development and cultural preservation.
The shared vision to emerge from this work is Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace, a mixed-use arts development blending live/work space for artists and their families, non-profit partners and community events and gatherings. Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace will be located in the Kaka‘ako neighborhood of Honolulu, a transitional neighborhood of light industrial property between the downtown business district and Waikiki Beach, and will include 84 units of affordable live/work space for low-income artists and their families, as well as 20,000 square feet of community and green space.
The ground floor will be home to the PA‘I Arts & Culture Center, for Native Hawaiian dancers, musicians, visual artists, cultural practitioners and others who are interested in experiencing Native Hawaiian cultural traditions.
City of Honolulu
“This is exactly what we need in Honolulu to help boost our economy by providing affordable live and work spaces for our local community of artists.” — Vicky Holt Takamine, Executive Director, PA‘I
Education Outreach & Technology
PA`I has participated in a national distance learning program initiative that allowed them to connect and collaborate with aritsts in real time using videoconferencing technology without the additional costs of time and travel. PA`I is currently collaborating with CultureHub in New York City to teach classes to their NYC Hula students and participating in the Artspace Art Bridge program on a national cross-cultural collaborative production. Using this technology as an educational tool will further the artistic process, creativity and collaboration that will be built into the PA`I Arts & Culture Center to support programmatic activity across the islands, and engagement with artists and constituents both nationally and internationally.
Ola Ka ’Ilima Artspace Lofts is currently in development and not yet available for leasing.
We expect to break ground in the second quarter of 2015, with a fourth quarter 2016 opening.
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