Maui Wildfires Support
Immediately following the August 8, 2023 wildfires, numerous artists reached out to Maui Public Art Corps to determine how they might be of service. A friend of ours with the Student Services Coordinators (SSC) for Maui DOE shared the news that large donations of hydro flasks and school supplies were being donated for 350 displaced students. We asked the artists if they would be willing to donate stickers or artwork designs to decorate these new personal items. The response was so strong that we posted the opportunity via social media and received stickers and artwork from 100+ artists globally. Maui Waena Intermediate School crafted a "Maui Strong" artwork activity for participating students to exchange for stickers. With the support of a #MauiStrong grant, we were able to develop a collection of hands-on Sticker Buffet activities for interested schools to design their own “Maui Strong” inspired artwork in exchange for artist stickers. The activity offered a creative outlet for students reassigned to new schools while helping them regain a sense of ownership, identity, and normalcy during this challenging time. 911 students have participated to date.
To donate stickers to this effort or to sponsor additional sticker orders, scroll down to "I want to help!"
The resulting artwork created by participating students was thought-provoking, inspiring, mournful, empowered, and more. With the help of new friends at ʻĀina Archaeology, the County of Maui and Goodfellow Bros., we were granted an additional #MauiStrong grant to transform the student designs into a 1,000-foot mesh barrier fence and install it along a perimeter of the Lahaina cleanup site. We believe this artwork installation will serve as a symbol of resilience, unity, and the promise of a brighter future amidst challenging times while simultaneously safeguarding individuals from the elements and potential hazards of the cleanup site. Students are actively contributing to their community by creating meaningful artwork that is displayed prominently, fostering a sense of pride and ownership. Further, the barrier fence will become a reminder for visitors of the area to act with respect as our community grieves and heals, further enriching their experience on the island.
Read more HERE.
I WANT TO HELP!
There are currently THREE ways to get involved:
1. Donate stickers
Ideally 4" x 4" or smaller so that each student can fit a personalized collection of stickers on their hydro-flask. The most user-friendly hydro-flask stickers are waterproof, dishwasher safe, and resistant to scratches and fading. Email us for the best mailing address.
SPECIAL MAHALO: Ryan Mountcastle, Yukki Shin, Ian Wade, Tanya Lee-Greig, Erin Wade, Darris Hurst, Paul Macchio, Kahea Pawai
Mahalo nui to the following artists and supporters for participating in this effort. Your generosity is bringing smiles to this extraordinary community.
Amanda Joy Bowers/ Skelefin Studios
Peru Dyer Jalea
Aaron Bo Heimlich
Kurst and Evase
Fathima Mohiuddin/ fatspatrol
Roxy & Matt Ortiz/ Wooden Wave
Marc C Antosch
Juan I Benedetti
Carole Berthiaume, Maui Surfer Girls
Lindy Bostrom, BostromGraphics
Cara Capizzi, Capizzi Designs
East Maui Watershed Partnership
Al Garr, Maui Sticker Company
Katie Larkin & Jon Mason
Patricia & John McHugh
Hilo Ohtakagi, Plumeria Sun
Kea Peters, Kākou Collective LLC
Gerry & Rona White
Benefits to school children include:
- Expression: Allows kids to showcase their interests and personality, which can help them make new friends.
- Ownership: Encourages responsibility and care for belongings during a time when this may be one of their only personalized items.
- Identification: Reduces mix-ups and hygiene concerns.
- Attachment: Fosters emotional connection to personalized items.
- Motivation: Increases water consumption through appealing and imaginative bottles.
- Convenience: Serves as a reminder to drink water regularly.
- Social Interaction: Facilitates connections and conversations with peers.
- Memories: Creates lasting keepsakes of newly developing friendships.
- Organization: Helps children manage their items more effectively