Arts collective celebrates First Friday grand opening in Chinatown

Hawaii Independent Staff

DOWNTOWN—Friday’s monthly First Friday event in the Chinatown Arts District will see a new arts collective, The ARTSmith, celebrate its grand opening in the historic Mendonca Building. The building was one of the first to be built after the Chinatown Fire of 1900.

According to its mission statement, The ARTSmith “aims to build and create an innovative and progressive foundation for the arts, while providing a sophisticated level of entertainment or displaying meaningful messages through multi-cultural media or offering classes for the masses.”

Performances and workshops at the grand opening will include Cherry Blossom Cabaret’s Academy of Tease, Jason Tom’s Human Beatbox, and Dancers Unlimited. DJ Mainframe will provide the sounds.

Free food will be providedby I Love Country Café and Chinatown Express. Donations are encouraged.

Billed as a family-friendly event, the celebration will feature the work of a variety of Hawaii artists, in mediums ranging from jewelry, drawing, hip hop, dance, and fashion design.

The ARTSmith
Friday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m.
1116 Smith St.