Above: Some of our wonderful current and former staff members
Current Art Explorium Staff
Heather Williams Executive Director
Heather wishes she could have gone to a place like Art Explorium as a child, but she is trying hard to make up for lost time as an adult. She is thrilled to work at Art Explorium because it brings together children, art and environmental sustainability.
Heather has helped start two community centers. One was a self-help legal center at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. The second was at the Luke Center for Public Service at Punahou School. With her community experience and two young art-lovers of her own at home, working on a community art center for youth is a perfect fit. She opened Art Explorium in 2012 and has been having a blast here ever since.
Wendy Ikeda Education Coordinator
Some of Wendy’s best childhood memories are from family get togethers. While the parents talked story, the kids would go off and get creative. With just household stuff and old newspaper, they made costumes, props and gizmos galore. She is so grateful to be at the Art Explorium that provides a space for those kinds of old school opportunities, with an even better stash of stuff to fuel anyone’s creativity.
Wendy is a local fiber artist and both a Waldorf and Montessori inspired mom for the arts. She supports and schedules workshops, field trips, camps, and much more!
April Sham pARTy Coordinator
April fell in love with Art Explorium when she discovered our signature Trash-to-Treasure creative station. She loves to up-cycle material, and the idea of enabling children to be art explorers while sharing knowledge about environmental awareness is so exhilarating. She is always ready and excited to plan the next creative-making pARTy.
April has a Fine Arts background specializing in Painting and Printmaking. Besides coordinating super fun pARTies, April also teaches art classes at Art Explorium and Honolulu Museum of Art. She is the co-owner and creator of ASHAM Prints.