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Hawai'i FEAST Artful Human Spaces Talk Story

As part of the JuneFEAST Exhibition taking place June 1st - 15th at the Arts at Marks Garage Gallery, HawaiiFEAST brings you an afternoon filled with inspiring talk story focused on the idea of public art space activation being a relevant and intrinsic element for healing in our human services sector. 

Boz Schurr, the featured JuneFEAST Exhibition artist will be joining Child & Family Service providers, Heather Williams, Executive Director at the Art Explorium in Kaimuki and Justyn Ah Chong, Director of Photography for the film Mele Murals to share the valuable and impactful collaborative work being done in community using the gifts of creative artists through public art forms & centers as a powerful tool for resiliency in youth-focused social services.

230p - Doors open

300p - Featured guest speakers talk story

400p - Q&A, hang out 

500p - Pau


Anne Marie Rizzo
Anne is the Chief Advancement Officer with Child & Family Service, a model nonprofit dedicated to helping Hawaii’s most at-risk families. Its is a family-centered, full-service nonprofit since 1899 dedicated to “Strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children”. Through nearly 50 programs that welcome everyone from keiki to kūpuna across the Islands, they help Hawai‘i families address some of life’s most serious situations including poverty, abuse, and neglect. Within the past fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) alone, CFS provided direct services, to 10,518 individuals and touched another 43,500 lives through phone calls, referrals, educational presentations, and by providing for those visiting walk-in family centers."

Boz Schurr
Boz, originally from Portland, Oregon is currently a graphic design and fine art teacher at Island Pacific Academy and a freelance designer and fine artist. Her works include creating a Student Mural for the Honolulu Museum of Contemporary Art at Spalding House, being a POW! WOW! Hawai'i mural artist artist. You can also find her work in spaces like Mori by Art +Flea, UH Manoa Campus, Island Distillers & even under the Pali Highway! Boz's recent collaboration with Child & Family Services birthed the project, "Hallway of Hope" Commission for their private facilities meant to transform what was once a rather dark and unwelcoming hallway into something magical, warm creating an inviting, peaceful, safe space. 

Heather Williams
Heather wishes she could have gone to a place like Art Explorium as a child, but she is trying hard to make up for lost time as an adult. She is thrilled to work at Art Explorium because it brings together children, art, and environmental sustainability. Heather has helped start two community centers. One was a self-help legal center at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. The second was at the Luke Center for Public Service at Punahou School. With her community experience and two young art-lovers of her own at home, working on a community art center for youth is a perfect fit.

Justyn Ah Chong
Born on the island of Oʻahu and raised in the town of Mililani, Justyn is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools. There he discovered an interest in film production pursuing a Cinematic Arts education at University of Southern California's film school receiving a B.A. in Cinematic Arts and a Minor in Business. Justyn adds to a growing form of indigenous television & film industry where the mission positions his community to attain positive systematic change through media’s potential to engage, entertain and sustain a perspective that is uniquely Hawaiian as the cinematographer for the film Mele Murals which promotes youth development, arts education, cultural preservation, and community-building through the creation of large-scale outdoor murals. Justyn is also a photographer and editor with ʻŌiwiTV as well as a crew member on Hōkūleʻa, documenting his legs of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. 

All ages welcomed
$5 donation for adults, students & Kupuna FREE

PARKING: $1.50/hr. street parking, $4 flat rate at Chinatown Municipal Garages