This campaign raises funds to bring Balinese performing arts to Hawai’i public school children. Lecture demonstrations of Balinese puppetry, dance, and music will be presented by Balinese guest artists in collaboration with performing arts students from the University of Hawai’i.
In addition to the lecture demonstrations, participating school teachers and their pupils will receive resource materials on arts and culture of Indonesia and Bali, and have the opportunity for hands-on experience.
This project is a collaboration between the Pacific Asian Affairs Council (PAAC), the Asian Theatre Program (ATP) and the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) at the University of Hawai’i. Our goal is to raise 10,000.- for artist fees, transportation and airfaire to neighbor islands, and the development of resource materials for teachers and pupils. We need to raise the funds by August 1, 2015 in order to be able to book and plan school events for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.
Since 1954, PAAC has served approximately 84,000 students, many of whom are at-risk youth, in more than 40 schools statewide. One of our primary objectives for the high school program in the school year 2015-2016 is to engage more than 500 students in 20 high schools statewide to the history, arts, and cultures of Indonesia through the lenses of Balinese puppetry, dance, and music. In utilizing the arts we are teaching youth to appreciate their own local arts and culture, while also connecting them to arts and culture from around the globe. Further, exposing Hawai’i’s youth to global arts and cultures help to expand their minds and souls, and thus ultimately teach them to create positive changes for themselves, their communities, and the world.
We cannot do this critical work alone – we need your support. Let’s provide Hawaii’s children with the highest quality and most competitive education!
The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC)
The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) is an independent, international education 501(c) 3 nonprofit with a mission to promote a greater awareness and understanding of foreign affairs issues with special attention to Hawaii’s role in the Asia-Pacific region. PAAC is a non-profit that provides education on critical international issues and fosters understanding by connecting people across borders. PAAC’s core program is to engage high school students in the Asia/Pacific region through global studies, language, and leadership afters chool classes, conferences, and study abroad programs. A well-rounded global education needs to also embrace good arts education, introducing young people to great literature (novels, poetry and short stories, plays), dance, visual arts, music and film in a cultural context. PAAC has integrated arts and culture education into many components of our high school global education activities. Our students learn about native Hawai’ian values, beliefs and traditions, and of particular group of people from around the world by participating in a variety of art activities such as learning an ethnic dance or song; playing an indigenous instrument; and watching a performance or film.