Pow Wow Beautifies Kakaako District

Pow Wow is a local organization that began hosting Pow Wow art events in 2010. The original Pow Wow was held in Hong Kong, where creative artists were flown to take part in an event that would allow the general public to be involved in a creative, artistic event. Creative artists gather to paint public areas in a live setting, with music and all. Fast forward to 2012, after the first major success of the Pow Wow event held in 2011, and the Pow Wow has become an annual event for the island of Oahu. For this year’s Pow Wow the artist list has doubled, with hopes to transform Hawaii with creative energy. A street that was once considered a bane of the neighborhood will become a living gallery with the help of the creative minds that came to partake. Pow Wow organizers have an interesting take on the way that art should be enjoyed, and part of their mission is to include the viewer in the process of creation. Their mission statement speaks to this viewpoint, The beauty of art is most commonly enjoyed during its final stage. All the blood, sweat and tears happen behind closed doors. However, that is where the real grandeur lies; the process… We make that process open to the public, allowing them full engagement and interaction between the artists and their audience. They witness the creativity in its entirety and become an essential part of the artists’ process. It’s about the breaking down of those closed doors and making art accessible.  The art that is the product of Pow Wow can be found throughout the Kakaako District, here is a link to the map of locations where you can go see the murals created during the Pow Wow 2012 event on Oahu.

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