Gifts of Festpac exhibit creates excitement for Festpac 2024

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The Festival of Pacific Arts occurs every four years and was hosted by Guam in 2016.

Festpac is just right around the corner. But for now, to create some excitement for its return in 2024, CAHA is hosting an exhibit to showcase the gifts of the cultures that the festival has to offer.

Gifts of Festpac is an exhibit hosted by the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency, which showcases gifts given from different delegations from Festpac 2016.

Program Coordinator II Mike Mafnas and Director of CAHA Sandra Flores tells PNC what some of the artifacts are and where they’re from.

“If you go around, there’s latte stones that were decorated from the outer islands. There’s a lot of stuff from Pohnpei, you have Chuuk, everything. Everything that you can imagine that was done by hand and given as a gift to us is here at the exhibit,” says Mike Mafnas- Program Coordinator II of CAHA.

Director of CAHA Sandra Flores says, “But we’re also highlighting the impact that the festival had on us and those gifts and the way that it’s enhanced our culture.”

Some of the other artifacts were Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Manny Cristostomo’s work and many more.

CAHA will be sending 100 delegates off-island. In preparation, they will be hosting events and fundraisers to raise money in the next year for Festpac 2024. If you are interested in sponsoring and donating, you can contact them at 671-300-1204 through 7 or email them at info@caha.guam.gov.

The exhibit will be ongoing until February 17 from 9 am-4 pm, Monday through Friday.


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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.

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