When We Shine Foundation

When We Shine Foundation is a fully accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We strengthen and enrich communities through the Arts, through arts education, arts integration and our social artistry network partners. 

We are located in the Hawaiian Islands, the home of aloha. The concept of aloha is a model for mindful living. It has a greater meaning than hello and goodbye. Aloha teaches us how to treat ourselves, others, the land, the waters, and all existence, a reminder of the sacredness of life. 

MISSION: To empower communities to live a life they love through the arts and arts integration education.

PURPOSE: To implement arts integration, creative place-making & social artistry to grow strong social systems and networks for healing & human services, especially as it pertains to women, children and the environment.

VISION: We envision a world of diverse, creative, healthy communities where the arts and culture are core components of community planning and development. We believe that the health and well-being of the people and the environment is one and the same, now, and for future generations spreading Aloha throughout the world.

“Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.” ~ Andre Maurois, French Author

This Is How WE Do It!

Arts Integration and Education Projects

Arts integration bestows the powers of creative problem solving, increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills and improved cognition. It is a research-based approach to teaching and learning that has proven results for the past 30 years.

When WE Shine Foundation provides funding and micro-grants for artists in residence and for professional development for teachers who want to incorporate value-based learning through the arts, to bring arts integration to their school.

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Creative Placemaking

The National Endowment for the Arts describes creative-placemaking like this: “…projects in which arts and culture play an intentional and integrated role in place-based planning and development that is human-centric, comprehensive, and locally informed.”

Done well, creative place-making can animate unused public and private spaces and resources, rejuvenate structures and streetscapes, improve local business viability and public safety, and it can bring diverse people together to celebrate, to inspire others, and to be inspired. 

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Social Artistry

What is Social Artistry? It is state-of-the-art training that calls people to become Social Artists: agents of creative change as artists, practitioners, and stewards of planetary well-being. It is an emerging field that has changed lives and societies worldwide and yielded remarkable results in solving problems.

Social Artistry utilizes the art of enhancing human capacities in the light of social complexity. The social artist seeks to bring new ways of thinking, being and doing to social challenges in the world.

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Arts Integration
& Arts Education Projects

When WE Shine Foundation believes that arts integration should be an option for every school’s curriculum. The data collected for students who already include music and arts in their daily classes, expands not only their ability to learn intellectually overall, but improves social and emotional development. Students who learn to play an instrument or stick with a challenging creative art project, also develop abilities at persistent problem-solving in other areas of knowledge. The Arts transform the environment for learning.

Community Building
Partnerships & Projects

Besides education partnerships, When We Shine Foundation is proud to work alongside some leading community activists, advocating for healthy food access for our entire local community, including our school gardens movement and Farm to School in our school cafeterias. These groups and other equally committed food security organizations on Maui, go the extra mile to provide all families with the help and assistance they need for a healthy, active lifestyle throughout their lives. This is our main community building and partnership activity on Maui and Americans for the Arts is our inspiration.

What lights you up?


“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.”
– Rabindranath Tagore

What is your mission and how can we help?


Be a part of something bigger than yourself!

Will you join us?


“Artists are the gate keepers of truth. We are civilization’s radical voice.
– Artist & Social Activist, Paul Robeson

Everyone can be an Artist and the Arts – whether musical, visual, digital  or performing – play an important role in Movements for social change. They serve as a conduit to shift narratives and become records of our social movements.

We commend and recognize Artists for their audacity to dream, commitment to help create dynamic social justice, and dedication to helping make the world a better place …especially for women and girls!