Academy of Creative Arts gets new program director

Sheri Majewski was recently tapped as the new program director for the Kauai Academy of Creative Arts.

The Kauai Academy of Creative Arts has been the island hub for children’s summer art classes since 1975, when it was founded by Arnold Meister, Carol Yotsuda and Lori De Rosa. Gerry Tam, Eve Solomon, Peggy Ellenburg, Mary Nakamura, deb Rosenbaum and others played pivotal roles to make the program succeed.

“The whole aspect is very exciting to me. I have a lot of vision for this program,” Majewski said in a press release.

“We definitely need more art in the schools. This gives (students) a place to be creative,” she said. “From here, they can go anywhere they want to go.”

The program has grown since its early days from just three classes taught at Kaua‘i High School, to 12 classes per day in a four-week summer session.

With those in the public schools switching to a nearly year-round schedule, Majewski said she hopes to expand the academy to a year-long program as well.

“I would love to see it expand and grow into more programs,” she said. “Maybe we can do it more often.”

She and the staff at the academy have started an early art contest, with the theme “Fun in the Sun.”

The winner of the contest will have his or her art used for the upcoming academy brochures and materials.

The artwork can be done in any medium (charcoal, pencil or ink), must be in black and white, and be only five inches by five inches in size. The contest is open for children ages 6 to 13. The entry deadline is March 13.

These days, a wide range of both visual and performing-arts classes are offered this summer. All classes will take place at the Island School campus in Puhi.

The academy serves children ages 6 to 13, and is tuition-based, with scholarships available to qualifying students.

Majewski previously worked in the education department for the Kaua‘i Museum, and at the Hawaii Children’s Theatre.

Majewski also said that she likes the idea that the academy employs local artists as instructors.

For information on the Kauai Academy of Creative Arts and where to send contest entries, contact Majewski at 346-7586.

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