Grantees: YWCA Oʻahu & Honolulu Museum of Art

Photo courtesy of YWCA Oʻahu
Photo courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of YWCA Oʻahu
Photo courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of YWCA Oʻahu

Our current grantees support women's rights and art programs.

Honolulu Museum of Art

Visual Arts Integrated Education Program

The Visual Arts Integrated Education Program is designed to harness the power of art to enhance the learning experience in Title I schools. Each student in the program participates in art immersion classes in school and attends an academically-aligned tour at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA). Their teachers attend museum-directed workshops on how to use art for effective teaching. HoMA will combine these services for the first time, in order to maximize student access to art programming. All activities are designed to support learning goals as defined by The State of Hawai‘i Department of Education. Each year, the program aims to provide 30 hours of art immersion per student, based on feedback regarding ideal programming time from teachers participating in other HoMA education programs

Program elements include in-school art immersion, museum tours, and teacher training. In-school art immersion targets grade levels 3-5 at Oahu elementary schools. Collaboratively led by a museum “teaching artist” and a public school teacher, students explore a range of visual arts, including drawing, painting, working with clay, printmaking, felting, and digital art. Teachers learn on-the-job to integrate art education strategies to support core curricular goals. Students will participate in in-school art immersion once per week over ten weeks each semester (one semester is 14 weeks long).

The curricula references works in the museum’s collection, to be considered both digitally in the classroom, and later, in person on a museum field trip. During museum tours, school students embark on a field trip to gain knowledge and inspiration from the Honolulu Museum of Art collection. Trained docents lead a 90-minute museum tour for all grade levels. To help teachers meet learning goals, tour curricula address Department of Education standards across core academic subjects. All tours include a 90-minute art lesson after students visit the galleries. With lessons based on the tour curriculum, the class is led by a professional artist at the museum’s education space. Students participate in the tour and art-making experience at least once during each school year.

Teacher training for classroom teachers, as well as museum art instructors, builds educators’ abilities to use art for innovative and effective teaching strategies in all core subjects. Honolulu Museum of Art workshops, through which teachers can earn credit for professional advancement, provide the conceptual foundation and pedagogy to make art an integral part of academic curricula. Teachers and art instructors participate in a series of workshops, beginning just before commencement of the school year. As a new service enhancement, capacity-building work focuses on the teachers of our participating students.

HoMA’s approach is to maximize a student’s experience in art immersion by devoting the museum’s entire art education resources to each participating student for at least a three-year period. Teacher training, both on-the-job with teaching artists and in workshop formats, is designed to grow public school capacity in arts integrated education so that it will continue independently of museum programming.

Photos courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art


Ka Hale Ho‘āla Hou No Nā Wāhine

Ka Hale Ho‘āla Hou No Nā Wāhine is a community-based furlough program in YWCA O’ahu’s Fernhurst facility, dedicated to empowering women to successfully transition women from prison back into the community. Through this program, furlough residents set and accomplish attainable goals, build resiliency, learn to manage emotions, and make positive changes.

Studies indicate that community-based furlough programs are effective in addressing problems associated with re-entry and high rates of recidivism.  A majority of the women participate in the Economic Advancement and Health and Wellness programs at YWCA Laniākea, as well as in the Our Circle Expansion program, designed to guide furlough residents towards successful community reentry. Here, they learn skills such as how to handle difficult situations, find and retain employment, and navigate relationships.

Photo courtesy of YWCA Oʻahu

Aloha Home Studios 

Aloha Home Studios was a training program for former inmates in transition. The participants spent 21 days in a furniture store learning retail business skills, including: hospitality, customer service, cash use training, spreadsheets, and training opportunities.


Homebase at Fernhurst

Homebase at Fernhurst is an extended affordable housing option for women who complete the Ka Hale Ho‘āla Hou No Nā Wāhine furlough program. This facility is entirely mission oriented and dedicated to empowering women successfully transitioning from prison back into the community.

Video courtesy of YWCA Oʻahu