Creative Placemaking

When WE Shine Foundation is dedicated to helping integrate our community’s artistic and cultural assets in community planning and revitalization – especially as it pertains to healthy eating and food resources here on Maui. We are committed to this evolving field that intentionally leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community’s interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth, education and transformation, that builds consistent healthy growth, education and quality of place.

Since 2017, When WE Shine Foundation‘s efforts in creative place-making on Maui, have been our local food systems, including focus on developing better food security for our island, and accessibility of affordable, healthy organic foods for all of our communities. We have partnered and worked on numerous projects and garden work days with Grow Some Good (GSG), Maui School Garden Network (MSGN), Blue Zones Maui and our local Farm to School Hui to artfully activate, expand and revitalize school and community gardens. When WE Shine Foundation‘s aim is to add value to the programs and projects these organizations already have in place. We do this in numerous ways. For example, we volunteer and help canvas for other volunteers on garden work days, we share their events schedules on our social media, we give micro-grants for specific jobs and projects that support their mission and we add arts and creativity into their public engagements.

We are currently partnering with H.E.A.L. Coalition and the Maui Nui Food Alliance while also preparing our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan and goals with specific projects aligned with them. We will be posting progress updates as they are determined.