The Big 84

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April 17, 2011 11:00am-05:00pm


Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday event information

Help the Honolulu Academy of Arts celebrate its 84th birthday at Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday! Join us for a fun-filled day of music, birthday games and art—and free ice cream bars from Meadow Gold. Thanks to Bank of Hawaii for making this monthly event possible.
Note: Activities end at 3pm, but the museum is open until 5pm.

Things to see:

11:15am-noon: Motion Commotion
Catch the moves of 40 teenage dancers from the Movement Company. Got happy feet? There will be an audience participation/dance demonstration piece to get the crowd moving!

Noon-3pm: Balloon Monsoon
There's always a line for the fantastic balloon animals and other creations of Balloon Monsoon.

12:15-1:15pm: The Honoka‘a Jazz Band
If you haven't seen these 32 Hawai‘i Island students perform before, you won't want to miss this. The ensemble includes incredible vocalists and the band will perform memorable numbers by Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Dusty Springfield, Miles Davis, Bobby Timmons, Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin and Michael Bublé. The band has been awarded a 2011 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award and their director, Gary Washburn has also just received a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award.

Musicians in the Museum
Visitors can have an aural experience while looking at art—as part of the Academy’s Musicians in the Museum program, 13 composers from the University of Hawai‘i music department will play original music in the galleries. Each composer chose a gallery and wrote music to reflect the art found within. It will be interesting to hear how the composers translate the art into sound.

See architects in action:
The Honolulu chapter of the American Institute of Architects will hold a contest with University of Hawai‘i architecture students. The goal: Build a birthday-themed structure with Meadow Gold milk cartons, packing tape, and Gorilla Glue.

Things to do:

Make edible art: We supply the cupcakes, frosting and candies—you provide the imagination to create art you can eat!

Make a birthday hat: What's a birthday without a birthday hat? Make your own eye-catching toque.

Take part in the Orvis Artist in Residence project: People can participate in Orvis Artist in Residence Megan Bent's art project—a glow-in-the-dark-wall. She invites everyone to "draw" on light-sensitive photo paper with flashlights, while Bent captures them on film. Bent will then load the images on her project blog.

Things to eat:

When the family gets hungry, everyone can head to the Pavilion Café, which makes kid-friendly food such as hot dogs, PB+Js and sloppy joes just for Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday. Chips and soft drinks are also available for purchase.

Drawing contest:

Congratulations to last month's contest winner, 10-year-old Megumi Shimizu. 

Kids (ages 1-17) can enter the monthly drawing contest. The Academy gives contestants a theme and drawing supplies. The winner receives a Family Level membership to the Honolulu Academy of Arts (worth $95), and his or her artwork is used to create the following month’s event brochure and is posted on the Academy website. Last month’s winner was seven-year-old Amy Jiao.