Founding Faculty Heads State Arts Commission

Barbara Saromines-Ganne with Governor Neil Abercrombie

Governor Neil Abercrombie has appointed Barbara Saromines-Ganne as the new Chairperson of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA) Commission effective July 20, 2011. Ms. Saromines-Ganne, who was sworn in as a commissioner on the same day, represents O‘ahu Island and resides in Honolulu.

“As an educator, I hope to bring my expertise in the arts and arts education to help promote learning and cultural access through programs like ArtBento that bring students to the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, as well as through HSFCA initiatives that reach out into communities across all islands such as Artists in the Schools, Artists in Residence, and many Biennium Grants-supported projects,” said Ms. Saromines-Ganne. As chair, she’ll be a strong voice in support of arts education statewide. “I sincerely believe in the arts asbeing essential to every human being– regardless of the diversity of our backgrounds – and I hope to be highly visible in the art community as a Commissioner,” Ms. Saromines-Ganne continued.

With over four decades as a professor of Art and Art History at Leeward Community College, Ms. Saromines-Ganne has been a staunch advocate for arts education in Hawai‘i. She served six years as Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division. An early proponent of online education in the visual arts, Ms. Saromines- Ganne has also demonstrated the value of cultural heritage tourism through Great Museums, her popular summer study tours to Europe.

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