Hawaii Theatre Center receives $50,000 grant from Bank of Hawaii to support educational programs | Arts & Culture
Hawaii Theatre Center has received a $50,000 grant from Bank of Hawaii Foundation to support educational programming over the next two years. These funds help underwrite the Theatre’s student matinee series, which brings more than 7,500 students in grades K-12 to programs at the Hawaii Theatre each year. Public performances of these programs, offered at family-friendly prices, will now be known as the Bank of Hawaii OHANA! Series in recognition of the bank’s generous support.
The Foundation’s grant also supports the Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble, the Junior Ensemble and the Technical Theatre Apprenticeship programs, which provide opportunities for Oahu middle school and high school students interested in acting or stagecraft; need-based scholarships are available for these programs.
“Bank of Hawaii has been an enduring friend and generous supporter of Hawaii Theatre Center, and we are so pleased to partner with the bank in presenting affordable, high-quality educational programs for Hawaii’s young people and their families,” said Sarah Richards, Hawaii Theatre Center president.
Donna Tanoue, Bank of Hawaii Foundation president, said, “Bank of Hawaii Foundation and Hawaii Theater want to open the Theatre’s doors to new audiences of Hawaii’s keiki and their families – and new artistic talent – through the Bank of Hawaii OHANA! Series. At Bank of Hawaii, we believe in providing access to the arts, especially for our students attending Hawaii’s public schools, to enjoy artists of diverse backgrounds and talent. Be sure to take some time out to enjoy the Bank of Hawaii Ohana! Series and create some special moments with your children.”
The Hawaii Theatre Center was established in 1984 as a private nonprofit organization to restore and operate the historic Hawaii Theatre as a multi-purpose performance facility for artistic, cultural, entertainment and educational events and to promote the redevelopment of the downtown Honolulu/Chinatown area. Listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the 1,400-seat Hawaii Theatre was recognized by the League of Historic American Theatre as the 2005 Outstanding Historic Theatre in America. In 2006, the organization received a National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.