KS Kapālama Art Kumu Don Harvey, KS Maui Art Kumu Nicki Barsamian and KS Hawai‘i Art Kumu Tana Rosehill have been named 2018 high school, middle school and elementary school art educators of the year by the Hawai‘i Art Education Association. The first-ever awards honor kumu based on achievements in the field of art education and contributions to the art profession.
Spanish artist Salvador Dali once said, “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” This is certainly true of three Kamehameha Schools kumu recently named art educators of the year by the Hawai‘i Art Education Association (HAEA).
KS Kapālama Art Kumu Don Harvey, KS Maui Art Kumu Nicki Barsamian and KS Hawai‘i Art Kumu Tana Rosehill have been named HAEA’s 2018 high school, middle school and elementary school art educators of the year.
Each has inspired hundreds of haumāna to embrace their love of art. Many have become art teachers – including KS Kapālama alumnus Auli‘i Nahulu, a KS Hawai‘i Middle School art kumu who also serves as board president for HAEA.
“I am proud to work alongside such passionate art educators including Don Harvey who was my high school ceramics instructor,” Nahulu said. “Mr. Harvey inspired me to peruse the arts as a career.”
The Hawai‘i Art Education Association is dedicated to building art advocacy, education, and appreciation. This is the first year that HAEA has given awards based on grade level.
In years past, the association named a single “Hawai‘i Art Educator of the Year” for the entire state. In 2017, KS Maui Elementary School Art Kumu Diane Fell received the statewide award, and Harvey received the award in 2012.
For the 2018 awards program, art educators submitted nominations. HAEA board members – including professionals from public schools, private schools and UH – selected the honorees based on achievements in the field of art education and contributions to the art profession.
Nahulu said that KS’ art programs are distinct among others in the state.
“Our programs keep pace with new technologies and techniques in the art field but still maintain a strong foundation of ‘ike kūpuna (ancestral knowledge) so that we can continue to ensure the vibrancy of the community locally and abroad.”
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