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Lahaina Arts Association seeks community’s help to save its scholarships

By Staff | Dec 13, 2012

Lahaina Arts Association’s past scholarship winners include Zach Pezzillo for photography.

LAHAINA – Lahaina Arts Association this month was slated to hold its 35th annual High School Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition.

This program gives local graduating high school art students an opportunity to exhibit their artwork and attain partial scholarships to help pay for their college art education.

Due to funding shortfalls, the program had to be postponed to April 2013, with hope that the nonprofit can raise the funds through the community’s generosity this holiday season.

Past winners of the Lahaina Arts Association Scholarship Program include noted Maui artist Macario Pascual, who was the first winner of the art scholarship.

Maui artist Jonathan Yukio Clark, this year’s Schaefer Portrait Challenge winner, is also a past recipient of the scholarship program.

The 2011 scholarship winner, Kela Strickland, is currently studying arts education in hopes of becoming an art teacher.

“Thank you for helping my dreams of becoming an art teacher start to unfold as I begin my journey to college. I hope you will continue to run programs like this – it truly makes a world of difference,” said Kela.

Lahaina Arts Association asks community members and businesses to step forward this holiday season to “Save Our Scholarship.”

Scholarships can be made in honor of, or in memory of, a loved one, or in the name of a business or community group.

The scholarship categories in need of funding are Best in Show ($1,000) and $500 scholarships for painting, drawing, three-dimension, photography and mixed media.

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible gift to the Lahaina Arts Association Scholarship Fund this holiday season, call (808) 661-0111 or e-mail info@lahaina-arts.org.

Lahaina Arts Association (LAA) is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to providing Maui County youth access to the creative arts through education and artistic opportunities.

LAA offers free art classes to children on Maui and Molokai through the Maui Youth Art Outreach Program. LAA also provides a Hawaiian Youth Mentoring Program and awards partial tuition-assistance scholarships to graduating Maui County students.

LAA inspires creative thinking and artistic expression by creating opportunities for art appreciation and education through the support of grants, foundations, individual donations and with in-kind support and funding from its founder, Lahaina Arts Society.