Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976). Basketball and Chain, 2003. Digital chromogenic print, ed. 2/3. Courtesy Rubell Museum, Miami. © Hank Willis Thomas.


Alongside the groundbreaking works of art and lineup of renowned contemporary artists, 30 Americans introduces a variety of compelling voices and themes that invite discussion and self-reflection. In response, HoMA’s Learning and Engagement department has organized a number of public programs for the museum community, designed to encourage further engagement with the themes and reflection through conversation and interactive artmaking. HoMA’s Public Programs Manager Arminda Gandara states, “The programs accompanying 30 Americans are designed to offer the opportunity to deepen one’s knowledge about the art and artists in the exhibition, and to explore ways in which visual and thematic connections extend beyond the museum experience. The Learning and Engagement family is thrilled and honored to call on the expertise of local community leaders and artists as we present this outstanding exhibition to our visitors.”



Dr. Akiemi Glenn, Executive Director of The Pōpolo Project

Community Conversations

This lecture series was designed specifically to further the dialogue surrounding 30 Americans. Distinguished Honolulu professionals and community leaders will apply their expertise on art, history, identity politics, law, and ethnic studies to selected artworks in the exhibition, exploring questions of identity, historical standards, and contemporary culture. Conversation leaders include Dr. Ethan Caldwell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, UH Mānoa, poet and public scholar Dr. Kathryn Takara, and Dr. Akiemi Glenn, Executive Director of The Pōpolo Project. Following each conversation, an open-forum Q+A will invite audiences to share ideas and questions in a welcoming space.

Held on Sundays throughout the exhibition, Community Conversation events are free and open to the public. RSVP required. For the full schedule and to reserve your spot, visit our website.



Nanci Amaka, Necrophobia, 2017, Photo courtesy the artist

Lecture and Workshop Series

Drawing inspiration from the artwork found in 30 Americans, this Lecture and Workshop series is an opportunity to further connect with some of the artistic processes found in the exhibition, combining artmaking with insightful discussions alongside Honolulu-based artists and creatives. The artists will walk through the art of reverse découpage, a manifestation of identity in a handcrafted box, and the inspiration behind a textile design during these weekend workshops. HoMA staff member and artist Nanci Amaka describes, “We will be incorporating each participant’s personal history into a work of art of their own. It will be giving them a chance to explore deeply, the methods the artists of 30 Americans have incorporated in expressing themselves, and themes that are important to them.”

Held on weekends throughout the exhibition, RSVP required. $55 for the general public and $45 for museum members. For the full schedule and to reserve your spot, visit our website.



Portrait Sessions with Sheka

Honolulu-based photographer Sheka will help viewers memorialize their time spent with 30 Americans through a personalized portrait session on museum grounds. Visitors can reflect on the complexity of identity and representation through portraiture found in the exhibition, and be the subject of an original work of art.

Portrait Sessions with Sheka are free, RSVPs are highly recommended. Visit our website for portrait session dates and to reserve your spot.


The full schedule of public programming for 30 Americans is on our website.

This program is generously supported by Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities. 30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Museum, Miami.