2015 NACF Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowships Awarded

NATIVE ARTS AND CULTURES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL NATIVE HAWAIIAN ARTIST FELLOWSHIP AWARDS FOR 2015

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) – The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) announces twelve awardees for its inaugural 2015 NACF Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowships as follows: Robert Cazimero (Oahu), Kaui Kanakaole (Maui) and Vicky Takamine (Oahu) for Dance; Robi Kahakalau (Hawai’i), Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole (Hawai’i) and Liko Martin (Oahu) for Music; G. Umi Kai (Oahu), Marques Marzan (Oahu) and Dalani Tanahy (Oahu) for Traditional Arts; and Bernice Akamine (Oahu), Abigail Romanchak (Oahu) and Maika’i Tubbs (Oahu) for Visual Arts.

The twelve Native Hawaiian artists to receive the 2015 award were selected through a rigorous selection process among more than 150 applications throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the continental United States. The fellowships recognize exceptional Native Hawaiian artists who have made a significant impact in the fields of visual arts, dance, music, and traditional arts.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is grateful for the support of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Leonard and Rose Freeman Family Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation for making this special Native Hawaiian Fellowship program available.

Since 2010, the foundation has supported 136 Native artists and organizations in 26 states including awards to the Hula Preservation Society, the Moku O Keawe Foundation, Kahilu Theatre, the PA’I Foundation and the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus. The generosity of arts patrons, the Ford Foundation and Native Nations allows the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to support the vibrant arts and cultures of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian peoples. To read more about these Native Hawaiian Fellowship grantees, or to donate, please visit: www.nativeartsandcultures.org.

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May 8, 2015

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