We are a newly formed community arts collective based in Honolulu, HI that aims to bring artists of different disciplines together to bring awareness to social justice issues. Artists are creators, moderators, and stewards of culture who are inherently engaged in dealing with the human (and therefore the social) condition.  As trained communicators and listeners, we are in an ideal position to encourage conversation with others. We therefore have the responsibility to engage in the pressing issues of our time and to mediate, advocate, and heal.
Our story
Founded in January 2017 by classical singer ​​​​​​​​​Rachel Schutz , Artists for Social Justice arose as a reaction to the tense and divisive social environment surrounding the 2016 election. While a completely non-partisan group, we aim to use our own skills as artists to actively participate in healing the division in our society, standing with marginalized communities, and bringing about thoughtful discussions about difficult topics through the unifying vehicle of the arts. We feel a certain responsibility to use the platforms and media available to us to to make our voices heard for social good. Our goals are to increase empathy, to humanize and give voice to marginalized groups, and to foster good-will and encourage communication between disparate groups of people. 

Our artists include members of the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra; faculty and students of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Music, Theater & Dance, English, Art, and American Studies departments; staff of the Hawai'i Public Radio; Hawai'i Opera Theatre; members of Chamber Music Hawai'i and the Honolulu Chamber Music Series; community artists; and local activists. We have collaborated with the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Music Department, Arts at Mark's Garage, the Honolulu Biennial, and the Honolulu Museum of Art and look forward to continuing collaborations with arts and social justice groups around the community. 
What we do
We aim to engage the community through performances, community art projects, and education.

  • Our performances range from a concert series entitled "Arts in Conversation," in which we choose one social justice topic and center our multi-disciplinary repertoire choices around that theme, to pop-up performances around town, and collaborations with other arts organizations such as the Honolulu Biennial and Arts at Mark's Garage.

  • Our community art projects aim to directly involve community members in the creation of art. By bringing people together in the creation of art pieces, we foster community, conversation, and collaboration, and highlight the very real ways that art participates in society.

  • Our education program aims to help students situate art in society at large. We help students begin conversations around the power, function, and ethics of art, while encouraging them to learn about the social context of the art pieces they encounter. We do this by leading group discussions as well as through hands-on art-making projects.

How to get involved

There are many ways that you can become involved with our group!

We are always looking for artists that are willing to contribute in various capacities (performance, presentation, leading workshops/events etc.). We also welcome volunteers such as educators, PR experts, AV wizards, stage managing gurus etc., and are always happy to entertain new ideas for topics, events, and activities. 

We also take great pride in being community partners for both arts and social justice organizations, and are happy to collaborate on events in many different guises. 

Finally, our most important assets are audience members and participants. Without you, our mission and message have far smaller reach. Whether it's attending one of our Arts in Conversation performances, one of our community art or education events, or one of our partner events, your presence is vital and helps spread the message of equality, tolerance and love. 

Head over to our Events page to find out more about our upcoming events, or visit the Contact page to get in touch with us directly and be added to our mailing list. We look forward to hearing from you!