Arts academy opens exhibits for contest


POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2009

The Internet resource Web site Wikipedia is looking for help in illustrating its art-related entries. So why not make it a worldwide fun event?





        Place: Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania St.

Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 during ARTafterDARK


Admission: $10; $5 seniors, students and military; free for academy members and children 12 and under (Sunday will be a free admission day for all visitors, as part of the monthly Family Sunday event)


Call: 532-8700 or visit www.honoluluacademy.org to get the contest rules and register




With the assistance and coordination of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the ongoing Wikipedia Loves Art photo “;scavenger hunt”; comes to the Honolulu Academy of Arts this weekend.

Taking advantage of its strengths in Hawaiian and Asian arts, the academy is offering its exhibits for rare picture-taking—no flash, please—with the resulting photos to be uploaded on a specially appointed Flickr Web site for judging (entrants can either work solo or in a team with up to 10 people). Images that are selected for use by Wikipedia will get full credit, and entrants scoring highest will win prizes being offered by the academy.

“;We hope a lot of people sign up and get their clues and participate,”; said the academy's Web project manager Sabrina Velazquez. “;I think it's a good way to engage the community and look at art in a fun way.”;

Working with a “;Wiki-median”; (someone from the site who is knowledgeable about the needs of Wikipedia) and assessing the strengths of the academy's permanent collections, Velazquez said, “;we have Hawaiian art we believe other museums don't have; plus, we have good textiles which Wikipedia was interested in, and a strong Asian art collection.”;

Clues for the event will also involve an African exhibit that opens Thursday and a valentine theme, being that this is Valentine's Day weekend. Other clues involve Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian, European and Hawaiian art.