Kellie Miyazu

What is your background?
I’m a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, with my BA in Art. I attended California College of the Arts in the Bay Area for part of my education. I’ve been a freelance painter and graphic designer for the past few years. In 2015 I began teaching art at Waiakeawaena Elementary, UH Hilo Center for Community Engagement, and the E.B. DeSilva EdVenture Afterschool Enrichment Program, as well as private art lessons for individual students and small groups.
What motivates you to be on the Board of EHCC?
I joined the EHCC team in 2016 as the Center’s graphic designer and helped with creating the current logo. I began assisting with creating the exhibition posters, then took on the role on my own shortly after. I look forward to creating a new poster for each exhibit. It’s a monthly challenge for my creativity. In addition, through my various teaching jobs I discovered a great enjoyment in 19 working with children and in 2016 I created the Youth Arts Series at EHCC. I feel that arts education is so important for children, and is largely lacking in many public schools. As a community organization I feel that it is necessary for EHCC to do its part in providing art opportunities for keiki, which I have tried to accomplish through YAS.