Congratulations to the seven Island School elementary students who were honored Saturday at the 2019 Young Artists of Hawai‘i awards ceremonies at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum in downtown Honolulu. They and their teachers, Jen Pomroy and Penny Nichols, traveled to O‘ahu for a full day of docent-led art tours and art activities, hosted by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Second grade students Moana Liddell and KealohiOliveira and third grade students Kailea Carvalho, Lily Kekekoma, Gabriela Leikam, Xochitl Morales-Widmer, and Nathan Tuers were among 96 elementary students from around Hawaii who received awards and got to see their artwork on display at HiSAM.
As guests of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, outer-island awardees saw three different museum exhibitions, engaged in hands-on art-making activities, and were treated to lunch and dinner. Arriving in Honolulu Saturday morning, students, teachers, and parents were taken to the Honolulu Biennial Exhibition Hub in Kakaako, where they broke up into small groups for interactive tours, led by their excellent docents. Then the group went to the Honolulu Museum Spalding House, in Makiki Heights, where they were again able to view masterpieces on docent-led tours, as well as create their own artwork. After lunch they went to HiSAM to see their work in the Young Artists of Hawaii exhibit and to attend the awards ceremonies. It was a wonderful day, filled with fun and memorable learning experiences!