As we settle into fall, exciting changes are in the air at the Honolulu Museum of Art, bringing a renewed sense of purpose and opportunity to fulfill our mission and further deepen our commitment to our community.
In July, we began our new fiscal year by welcoming Trustees Kitty Wo as Chair of the Board and Sharon Twigg-Smith as Vice-Chair. We have had great conversations about the positive changes and long-term improvements we would like to see in the museum, and the entire staff is excited to work with our new leadership and the rest of the Board of Trustees to help realize their energizing vision.
Also in July, our search committee started interviewing a select group of highly qualified finalists for HoMA’s director position. We are excited about the caliber of individuals interested in being a part of our team, and hope to welcome a new leader to the HoMA ‘ohana very soon. We will continue to keep you informed of our progress.
As you may know, we announced in July that our Board of Trustees passed a motion to sell Spalding House in order to focus the museum’s resources, staffing and energy into our main campus at Beretania Street. While this change will be difficult for those who have supported and been a part of Spalding House over the years, the Board is undivided in its opinion that this is in the best interest of our institution. We are holding a series of farewell gatherings, but you can also continue to enjoy Spalding House at your own pace, see the current exhibition In the House: Recent Acquisitions, and wander its gardens through the end of the year. Choose your own way to honor the beauty, splendor and significance of this property in the history of the art community in Hawai‘i.
Though all of this transition, one thing has not changed—our role as a vital part of Hawai‘i’s cultural landscape, firmly committed to serving the community as a place to learn, be inspired, connect to the world, and sometimes just hang out. I invite you to check HoMA’s website often to see the many and varied exhibitions, events, activities and programming we offer through the start of the holidays. Stay tuned for HoMA’s 2020 lineup, which launches in February with the landmark exhibition 30 Americans featuring seminal works by some of the most influential contemporary African American artists of the past four decades, including Kehinde Wiley. As our new Chair Kitty Wo has said, “The future is very bright for the arts in Hawai‘i and our museum will continue to play a pivotal role in that.” I couldn’t agree more.