Apr 09, 2015
Ward Village Foundation Commits $212,700
Community development means more than just planning and putting up buildings.
For Ward Village and the Howard Hughes Corporation, it's about supporting local nonprofit organizations who support Hawai'i.
To realize this goal, the Howard Hughes Corporation created the Ward Village Foundation, dedicated to supporting forward thinking programs and initiatives relating to local culture, community, and the environment. This nonprofit corporation is about honoring Hawai'i's rich history by encouraging and helping foster the best in our community.
Since its launch in January 2014, the foundation has awarded twenty grants totaling more than half a million dollars to local nonprofit organizations. This past March, $212,700 in grants were committed to programs with Hawai'i-based nonprofits Artspace, Bishop Museum, the Boys and Girls Club of Hawai'i, Friends of 'Iolani Palace, the Hawai'i Children's Discovery Center, McKinley High School, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai'i.
We are inspired by the work of each of our grantees. [And] we look forward to growing our partnerships with them as they continue to impact the lives of so many individuals in our community and beyond.
For these nonprofit organizations, the grants represent more than just a monetary sum--they are opportunities for artists and educators, students and preservationists alike to come together, collaborate, and grow.
"With the support of Ward Village, our goal is to reach 450 students to perpetuate Native Hawaiian culture, values and traditions, while supporting native artists, practitioners, and teachers," Artspace President Kelley Lindquist says. As one of the nation's leading real estate developers for artists and art organizations, Artspace received $50,000 towards the development of the Ola Ka 'Ilima Artspace Lofts, which will provide work space and affordable housing for 84 artists and their families in Kaka'ako. The space will also include a 15,000 square foot park, and a 4,000 square foot Hawaiian cultural center for Native Hawaiian musicians, dancers, visual artists, cultural practitioners, and the general public, combining classroom and performance spaces.
The historic Bishop Museum received $50,000 towards the curation and production of an original exhibition featuring iconic Hawai'i figure Duke Kahanamoku to commemorate his 125th birthday. This showcase will celebrate Duke's lifetime achievements, values, and his lasting legacy in Hawai'i.
The Hawai'i Children's Discovery Center will also receive $50,000 for their Keiki Adventure Garden, which connects children to nature through outdoor play and activities. Loretta Yajima, Chair of the Board of Directors says, "The future of Hawai'i is in the hands of our children. Our outdoor classroom will help children develop a strong sense of environmental stewardship and give them direct experiences with nature. This is vitally important for the future of our island state."
For more information about the Ward Village Foundation, visit www.wardvillagefoundation.org. The next deadline for grant applications is May 31, 2015, and eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve Hawai'i's cultural, educational, and environmental community are encouraged to apply.
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