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A mural is on display in Wailuku as part of the Small Town Big Art program, which aims to implement public art throughout the city. Maui County was recently approved for a $30,000 grant to support the program. Photo courtesy of Maui County

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The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Maui County has been approved for a $30,000 arts project grant to support its Small Town Big Art program in the town of Wailuku and make plans for expansion to county-wide.

Over the next two years, the grant will fund efforts to support and grow culturally grounded, place-based public art collaborations in Wailuku; design and implement public art activities in up to three new Maui County neighborhoods; and deliver a public art master plan for the county, according to a news release.

The county grant was awarded in partnership with Hale Ho’ike’ike to the Bailey House Museum/Maui Historical Society and Maui Public Art Corps.

“It is an honor to be selected as an NEA grant recipient thanks to the visionary artists who have joined Small Town Big Art over the past two years,” said Mayor Michael Victorino. “Art is a universal language that goes beyond words and it is the community consultants who share their history, stories, scientific and spiritual knowledge of Wailuku and Na Wai Eha who help artists express our true authentic community .”

Small Town Big Art was launched in 2018 with an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has worked to install public artwork throughout Wailuku as part of the town’s economic revitalization plan. Each artwork is inspired by a carefully selected proverb by Mary Kawena Pukui “‘Olelo No’eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetic Sayings.”

To date, the program has successfully implemented public art projects with over 200 community partners who have directly engaged 17,808 Wailuku participants.

The Small Town Big Art program is among 1,248 awards across America totaling $28.8 million that have been selected to receive the first round of FY2022 funding in the Art Project Grants category, according to the county press release. He is one of 13 Hawaii-based grant recipients and one of three in Maui County.

For more information about the program, visit

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