Wait Goes On For Art Center Funds

Carol Chang
Wednesday - April 08, 2009
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Corinne Gallardo

Oahu Arts Center has conceptual drawings and a business plan, but the art of getting the hard cash is proving more difficult than ever, said OAC president Edmund Aczon.

OAC’s mission is to nourish the arts in Kapolei, Waikele, Waipahu, Waipio, Mililani and the North Shore, which have no core facilities to call their own.

Like many nonprofits in these tough times, OAC saw all of its grant-in-aid requests vanish in the 2008 Legislature, and the delay of other funds complicated any forward progress on an arts facility on Mililani Mauka land set aside by Castle Cooke years ago.

Our goal for 2009 is to conclude negotiations with Castle Cooke so we can move on to our capital campaign aggressively, hoping that there are some economic turnarounds in the near future, Aczon said.

The developer originally offered three acres next to the community park and elementary school for the center. Now there are some issues to resolve, he said, but talks are continuing, and the company is still supportive of the center.

This economic crisis hit us in the face, he admitted, noting that OAC has about $70,000 on hand at present to support its programs. (Checks to OAC can be mailed to P.O. Box 894568, Mililani, HI 96789, or by going online to http://www.oahuartscenter.org.)

Corinne Gallardo, a Royal Kunia resident and accomplished abstract artist, has stepped up to co-chair programming and plans two downtown art exhibits in 2009 in April and in December.

We have to hang our art elsewhere since we don’t have our own venue yet, said Gallardo, who has displayed and sold her own works for nine years. She has issued a call to artists for the spring OAC show, set for April 25-June 27 at Cafe Che Pasta. (Deadline for entries is April 16. For a prospectus, call her at 271-1344 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).)

Still ahead is a benefit golf tour-ney May 22 at Kapolei Golf Course and the Alice in Wonderland musical in June. OAC lost the venue for its popular Mozart Festival as UH’s Orvis Auditorium will be renovated this year.

For more information or to offer help, call 864-5222.

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