Last Thursday morning, Gina Haverly, vice president, general manager of Neiman Marcus Honolulu told a small gathering at the store that when she was a Lincoln Elementary School student an artwork of hers was chosen to be shown at the museum. She talked about how her mother was so proud and that the experience instilled a lifelong appreciation of the arts—and she can’t wait until her two children are old enough to attend the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

The event unveiled NM’s annual The Love to Give Collection, a carefully curated selection of great holiday gifts. And for every purchase from the collection, 10 percent of the proceeds benefit the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which in turn supports youth art education in cities that are home to a Neiman Marcus store.

And Neiman Marcus Honolulu has chosen the Honolulu Museum of Art as the recipient its Heart of Neiman Marcus national corporate giving program. Now on view in the store are works by grade-school students at our Art School.

That program stems from the company’s belief that “engagement with the arts, especially for youth, impacts educational success, which in turn, pays it forward throughout the community.”

Now through Dec. 24, you’ll be supporting the museum’s Art to Go program when you buy something from The Love to Give Collection, which includes beautiful leather-bound journals, a mobile wireless speaker by Stellé Audio (great stocking stuffer!), and delicious hot chocolate kits. Art to Go brings art classes to Hawai‘i’s youth in underserved public schools and communities throughout Hawai‘i. To date, Art to Go has delivered instruction in art techniques and history, materials and creative perspectives to more than 11,000 students across the state.

Gina Haverly, vice president, general manager of Neiman Marcus Honolulu, with Art School director Vince Hazen and the museum's deputy director - advancement Hathaway Jakobsen.

Right to left: Gina Haverly, vice president, general manager of Neiman Marcus Honolulu, with Art School director Vince Hazen and the museum’s deputy director – advancement Hathaway Jakobsen.

“Art plays such a fundamental role in a child’s development and we are proud to be supporting the Honolulu Museum of Art and its Art to Go program for children of Hawai‘i,” said Haverly.

Stop by Neiman Marcus’ Ala Moana location to browse the Love to Give Collection. With a prices ranging from $10 to $300, everyone has a chance to find a gift, and to help bring art into Hawai‘i’s classrooms.