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Hawaii State Art Museum celebrates diversity as part of Pride Festival

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As Honolulu gears up for the 2019 Honolulu Pride Parade & Festival on Saturday, October 19, in Waikiki, HI Now is celebrating diversity — something the Hawaii State Art Museum does daily through a collection of unique artwork and the many events it hosts. During its monthly First Friday event on October 4, the museum was proud to partner with Hawaii’s LGBT Legacy Foundation to host ArtWERK, a runway drag and fashion show.

“The unique thing about the First Friday events is that we gather all different art forms into this museum and celebrate that,” says Karen Ewald with the Hawaii State Art Museum. “We feel like it’s important to support organizations like Honolulu Pride because we believe strongly in diversity and inclusion.”

The fashion show featured designers Mos Gouveia, Sarina Honeybee, and Lightning Tony in the museum’s sculpture garden. On the first Friday of each month, the museum galleries are open late with live entertainment from 6-9 p.m. First Fridays at the museum are casual, family-friendly and always a good time. Check out the museum’s event calendar to see what’s happening at next month’s event!

The museum is open Monday through Saturday and admission is always free. Its goal? To bring in as many different visitors as possible from all walks of life.

“We want people to come here and feel welcome and to interact with the art in different ways,” Ewald begins, “not just to come to a museum and look at art, but to actually have an experience.”

Not only can you look at art at the Hawaii State Art Museum, but you can also eat some delicious food at Artizen, a cafe run by MW, and purchase local art at the Mori Art+Flea gift shop.

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