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Educational Programs offered at TCMHI

The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu offered a number of educational programs to visitors of all ages and skill levels. The educational department aimed to create meaningful and accessible programs to teach the public about specific works on display at TCMHI as well as encourage them to more generally engage with art. TCMHI thus provided the public with access to a library filled with art resources, educational materials and customized programs for teachers, and gallery talks and workshops related to exhibits currently within the museum.

The Cades Library
The J. Russell and Charlotte McLean Cades Library provided visitors with a massive collection of information about contemporary art and artists, including over 800 volumes of monographs, surveys, periodicals, and other documents. These volumes also included books from recent TCMHI exhibitions. While the library was technically open to the public, you had to schedule an appointment with a librarian, but the library had limited hours for members as well as students and scholars from nearby universities, such as the University of Hawaii.

Teacher Resources
TCMHI also offered numerous resources for teachers looking to integrate art into their classroom activities. First, TCMHI’s educational department provided teachers with access to the museum free of charge, allowing them to bring their educational experience at the gallery back to their students. Then, if they wanted to take students on a field trip to TCMHI, the museum provided teachers with educational kits filled with information and activities for a refundable deposit. If teachers wanted to bring the museum to their school, they could contact the museum about their “art mobile” program, which brought mobile exhibitions to schools throughout Hawaii. TCMHI also held ongoing teacher training through regular institutes, and it provided assistance with implementing State Fine Arts Content Standards.

Public Programs
The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu also offered a variety of public programs for persons of all ages and listed them on their museum calendar. TCMHI offered free guided tours (and translators, if needed) to the public at certain times, and every year, they held an open house and art festival called “ArtSpree.” Many of their programs were designed exclusively for children and teens, and TCMHI offered programs like summer arts courses and “expression sessions,” which allowed children to attend a Saturday class held by local artists and art educators. The museum also held programs exclusively geared toward helping Girl Scouts earn merit badges. For adults, TCMHI hosted workshops, lectures, and gallery talks to encourage appreciation and understanding of contemporary art. With these public programs, the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu intended to further promote art within the State of Hawaii.