Be a Visionary

Join Honolulu Biennial Foundation’s community of “glocal” (global + local) corporate and public partners in creating a biennial that exemplifies HBF’s central pillars: education, cultural diplomacy and the exhibition of groundbreaking and timely contemporary art. These three goals directly benefit the local community, while also creating experiences for visitors to meaningfully engage with Hawaiʻi’s history and culture.

Below are examples of how your organization can engage with HB2017’s audience composed of local and international art enthusiasts, tastemakers, students and artists.

To discuss HBF's corporate sponsorships, please contact our Development Director, Katherine Ann Leilani


Cultural Diplomacy

Honolulu Biennial will feature the works of leading international contemporary artists alongside local talent fostering cultural exchange and collaboration. By showcasing local contemporary visual artists with world-renowned international artists, Honolulu Biennial will help share with an audience of international, national and local visitors Hawaiʻi’s contemporary visual artists. HBF will fly in participating artists to Honolulu in order to host events such as artist panels, artists mixers and workshops for children to ensure that these artists can share their practices with a diverse public, while also creating opportunities for these artists to exchange ideas with one another and ideally incorporate what they learn in Hawaiʻi into their artistic practices.



HBF has offered a variety of free or low-cost workshops, panels, lectures and exhibitions for all ages. HBF will continue to offer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) workshops for children and young adults centered around the theme of environmental and cultural sustainability. Throughout 2016, HBF will host workshops for young adults to either actively participate in the art making process of new artworks debuting in the biennial, working closely with renowned local, national and international artists. Throughout the eight-week Honolulu Biennial in 2017, there will be a variety of tours, workshops for children, panel discussions, receptions, performances and film screenings.


Groundbreaking and Timely Contemporary Art

Central to the HB2017’s curatorial theme are islands as a microcosm for the human experience and more directly, as a way in which to reflect on some of the most pertinent contemporary issues of our time related to navigating towards a sustainable future ecologically, culturally, and socially. Local, national and international artists alike will be creating works that are in direct response to this theme. The majority of participating artists will create new commissions that will engage with Hawaiʻi’s history, landscape, ecological issues, and culture. Underscoring HBF’s commitment to sustainability, participating artists will be encouraged to use recycled and repurposed materials whenever possible in their artworks. Works featured in HB2017 will present compelling commentary and room for reflection on conservation, sustainability and issues related to the environment, ranging from overfishing in the Pacific, coral bleaching, the ecological damage of rising temperatures and rise of the eco-climate refugee from nations in the Pacific who are faced with rising sea levels.





·      First-access to RSVP-only HBF events in select US and International cities.

·      Access to exclusive digital content.

·      Two invitations to VIP opening party.

·      A preview tour of Honolulu Biennial with the curators.

·      Company logo will be included on all printed and online materials for Honolulu Biennial 2017.

·      Two invitations to private reception with select HB artists, sponsors, and art world dignitaries during Opening Week.



All member benefits at the Benefactor’s level, plus:

·      Four tickets (total) to the opening VIP party.

·      Prominent listing in all exhibition-related materials, including wall signage, catalogue, brochures, website, and press materials.

·      Private reception with Hawaiʻi artists for company guests and clients.



All member benefits at the Distinguished Sponsors level, plus:

·      Eight tickets (total) to the opening VIP party

·      A private tour of the Biennial for 10 with a member of the curatorial team

·      Reserved seating for press conference marking the opening of the inaugural Honolulu Biennial.



All member benefits at the Curator’s Circle level, plus:

·      14 tickets (total) to the opening VIP party.

·      Private breakfast for six guests with select artists and curatorial director.

·      Specially curated VIP itinerary for HB2017, including exclusive rates at partner hotels, as well as personalized gallery tours, and more.

·      HBF’s VIP coordinator will work directly with members to craft other individual benefits based on their interests.



All member benefits at the Biennial Council level, plus:

·      Private studio tours with Hawai’i-based artists.

·      Private cocktail party with the Curatorial Director and select biennial artists for 20 guests.

·      Sponsor’s logo will be featured in HBF press releases and printed advertisements.

·      Access to invite-only VIP benefits offered by HBF’s hospitality and transportation partners.



All member benefits at the Founder’s Circle level, plus:

·      Benefits for Title sponsors are tailored based on the interests of the partner. For more information, please contact: 

       Katherine Tuider, Director at:



To discuss HBF's corporate sponsorships, please contact our Development Director, Katherine Ann Leilani