HONOLULU (KITV4) — Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi proclaimed February 2022 as Culture and the Arts Month on Oahu.
The distinction celebrates non-profit organizations, artists, and cultural practitioners in the creative industry.
In 2018, Blangiardi said Hawaii’s creative industries were responsible for more than 50,000 jobs, growing by more than 10% since 2008.
“The City and County of Honolulu recognizes the vital role of culture and arts in our community and its positive influence on health, and welfare, education, and…our economy,” the mayor said.
Blangiardi says culture and arts, and the creative sector at-large also enriches the community by enabling understanding and appreciation for diverse peoples and experiences.
“It is through art that our residents have been able to embrace what is uniquely local to this special place we call home, our beautiful Hawaii. A warm mahalo for everyone’s contributions to preserving our island’s rich traditions and creating a more vibrant community” Blangiardi said.
The mayor says this month will be dedicated to creating awareness about and appreciation for various art forms, supporting artist development, and showcasing the arts and culture in myriad ways.
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