Exciting changes coming to the Honolulu Museum of Art

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The museum’s Art School legacy traces back to the 1800s and has always been a building dedicated to education. In the early 1900s the building was home to McKinley High School, until the school moved to its much larger location on King Street in 1923. The Honolulu Museum of Art took over the building in 1986. The building was dedicated as the Art School in 1990, providing studio art classes for students of all ages, and art experiences for the entire community.

After being shut down due to COVID, the museum broke ground on an exciting new renovation project that is expected to be completed next year. An apparent “silver lining” regarding the pandemic-imposed closure is the partial overlap with construction work that would have also necessitated a school closure.

One of the most notable upgrades will be a state of the art, cleaner, safer facility that doubles the size of the ceramics studio and incorporates a glazing studio, allowing the school to uniquely focus on surface design and glazing techniques, which are crucial steps in the ceramics process. The courtyard spaces will also be architecturally blended to become extensions of the interiors for events and art making, and the classrooms will be optimized spaces designed to enhance studio class experience and broaden the base of students to provide more pathways to art education for the community.

The Art School has always been a welcoming space for those who attended classes and participated in programs. The goal is to make the entire museum accessible and inclusive to everyone who lives in Hawaii. The upgrades and renovations are the first of many steps the museum is taking to achieve that.

A vital part of Hawaiʻi’s cultural landscape, HoMA is a unique gathering place where art, global worldviews, culture and education converge in the heart of Honolulu. In addition to an internationally renowned permanent collection, the museum houses innovative exhibitions, an art school, an independent art house theatre, a café and a museum shop, within one of the most beautiful, iconic buildings in Hawaiʻi.

The museum inspires and uplifts the community through transformative art experiences that celebrate creativity, cultivate wonder, foster empathy and enhance knowledge in order to deepen our connections with one another and the world we share.

Stay tuned for updates when studio classes are available once again. www.honolulumuseum.org