HoMA’s two ongoing monthly events, while designed for different audiences, have similar underlying aims: to engage and support the local art community while providing a platform for guests to experiment, find joy in creativity, experience new things, and connect with one another. The 2020 event seasons for both ARTafterDARK and Family Sunday presented by Bank of Hawaii Foundation kick off this month, with a new set of themes inspired by museum programming.

ARTafterDARK, now entering its 16th year, is the museum’s monthly art party organized by a dynamic group of volunteers dedicated to exploring the arts. Held the last Friday of the month, January to October, ARTafterDARK events are evening gatherings featuring art-inspired entertainment and activities paired with tastes and libations from local vendors on the museum grounds. “We’re looking forward to an engaging year of art-focused programming, entertainment, and interactive activities this year,” said HoMA’s Events Manager Brandy Antonelis. “Our ARTafterDARK Committee and our HoMA team have collaborated to create a unique and diverse range of monthly themes, inspired by our upcoming art exhibitions.”

HoMA will kick off the season with ARTafterDARK: Looking Glass on January 31, inspired by the large-scale photographic visions in the Immersive Spaces exhibition, with a nod to the fantastical world of Lewis Carroll. ARTafterDARK: Art Beat, planned for February 28, will take cues from the bold voices in the upcoming 30 Americans exhibition, celebrating vibrant visions, spoken word, and musical performances alongside an exploration of personal identity. On March 27, guests will explore the act of seeing through an optical art lens at ARTafterDARK: Snap, Crackle, Op Art! The museum is thrilled to once again partner with Hawaiian Airlines as Presenting Sponsor for the 2020 ARTafterDARK season.

As a step towards simplifying the entrance process, the museum is introducing a new ticketing system for ARTafterDARK events this year. All guests must purchase or secure their tickets in advance, either online via each event page, by phone, or in person at the museum. Admission to ARTafterDARK events continues to be a benefit of HoMA membership, and museum members can reserve spots at each event by purchasing $0 tickets. “This pre-sale ticketing system will allow us to get guests in the door faster, so they have more time to enjoy the festivities,” adds Antonelis.


Family Sunday presented by Bank of Hawaii Foundation, HoMA’s free, ‘ohana-friendly event, happens every third Sunday of the month, all year round. Featuring hands-on art-inspired activities, entertainment, and film related to the museum’s exhibitions and programming, this special event provides a space for the younger generation to explore the galleries, find joy in art-making, and spend quality time with their families.

HoMA’s Public Programs Coordinator Nanci Amaka says, “In 2020, Family Sunday presented by Bank of Hawaii Foundation will be focused on building new partnerships and strengthening old ones, through closer engagement between members of our community and the museum. Throughout the year, we will seek to create moments of direct engagement with artists and artworks featured in our upcoming exhibitions, including the Honolulu Printmakers 92nd Annual Exhibition, 30 Americans, Artists of Hawai‘i, and much more.” 

On January 19, the Family Sunday presented by Bank of Hawaii Foundation kickoff event, themed 2020 Vision, will celebrate the Lunar New Year with a slew of activities designed for all ages. Guests can spend the day creating Chinese brush paintings, lanterns, and finger puppets at the communal craft tables, and enjoy a roaring lion dance performed by the Gee Yung Association. February’s event, themed Me, Myself, and I will serve as a place to explore how artists express themselves through music, dance, and art-making. Spring Forward in March will celebrate the start of spring as well as Nowruz, Persian New Year.

With exciting new seasons of these two beloved events, HoMA aims to create experiences that inspire, reflect, and bring together our diverse Hawaiʻi community.