Aloha mai kākou (My sincerest greetings),

I am deeply honored and thrilled to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of Davis Arts Council. Early in my career, I worked in the nonprofit sector, inspired by the dedication and passion of those committed to making a meaningful difference.

I have served in various leadership roles throughout my career, including Charter Superintendent here in Utah and within my childhood home of Kāneʻohe, Hawaii. Growing up in one of the most diverse places in the world, I am eager to bring a sense of multiculturalism and inclusivity to all.

With 24 years of experience as an educator in the performing arts, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of the arts. As a GRAMMY Music Educator Finalist in 2014 and the recipient of the GRAMMY Rock Your School Award in 2016, I am profoundly passionate about the vital role the arts play in our community.

As we approach our 45th anniversary in August, I am ready to commit to a long-term vision for our continued success, aiming to one day celebrate our centennial year.

Moving from Hawaii to Utah has been one of the best decisions our family has ever made. I have come to love and appreciate Davis County and its welcoming community. While we strive to serve all those within our reach, we continue to honor and celebrate our founding city of Layton.

One of the highlights of our upcoming season is the Summer Nights with the Stars concert showcase at the Kenley Amphitheater. This beloved event, along with a robust array of concerts and events throughout the year, ensures continuous inspiration and engagement for our community.

Looking to the future, my vision includes:

  • Enhancing Community Engagement: We will work tirelessly to increase community involvement in our arts initiatives, ensuring that everyone feels welcome and valued.
  • Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: Our programs will reflect the rich diversity of our community, celebrating all voices and perspectives.
  • Expanding Educational Outreach: We will increase our efforts to bring arts education to schools and community groups, fostering a love for the arts in the next generation.
  • Building Partnerships: Strengthening relationships with local businesses, organizations, and artists will be a priority, creating a robust and supportive arts ecosystem.
  • Innovative Programming: We aim to introduce new and innovative programs that will captivate and engage our audience, ensuring that our arts scene remains vibrant and dynamic.

I believe strongly in stability and assure you that I plan to be in this role for a very long time. My leadership philosophy is rooted in “servant leadership” – we at Davis Arts Council are here to serve, always striving to go above and beyond for our community.

Our vision is to see ourselves as part of a big neighborhood, with the Kenley Amphitheater stage symbolically serving as our front porch where friends and families come to meet and enjoy. This vision, combined with my roots in Hawaii, reminds me of the Hawaiian word Ohana. “Ohana means family, and family means nobody is left behind or forgotten.” (Lilo & Stitch, Disney 2002)

I invite each of you to join us in these exciting endeavors. Your involvement is crucial to our success, whether by attending our events, volunteering your time, or providing feedback.

Thank you for your continued support of Davis Arts Council. Together, we will make this 45th anniversary year a memorable one and lay the groundwork for many more years to come.

Imua me ka ha‘aheo (Moving forward with confidence),

Micah K. Hirokawa M.Ed.

Davis Arts Council, Executive Director

About Micah K. Hirokawa:

Micah Hirokawa, the new Executive Director for the Davis Arts Council, brings a wealth of experience and a passion for the arts and education. A GRAMMY Music Educator Finalist in 2014 and recipient of the GRAMMY Rock Your School award in 2016, Micah has traveled across the nation speaking alongside education giants like Ted Dintersmith and the late Sir Ken Robinson. Known for his engaging presentation titled “Superheroes Among Us,” he emphasizes how the arts have transformative power. Micah is profoundly passionate about the vital role the arts play in helping to define one’s culture and identity.

As a keynote presenter, Micah aims to crush labels and stereotypes, promoting in-depth learning for all people. He has presented at numerous prestigious conferences, including TEDxHonoluluEd, Schools of the Future, the MISO Conference, the SUMMIT Education and Innovation Conference, the Pacific Rim Conference, and many others.

Micah’s extensive background includes serving as a Head of School and Charter Superintendent, and most recently, he served as an administrator at Syracuse Arts Academy. He is well-published and a featured presenter nationwide. As an ethnomusicologist, his undergraduate work was featured in a film produced by the American Studies Department at the University of Hawaii titled “Mele – The Voices of Yesterday Singing The Songs of Tomorrow.” Diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia as a child, Micah has turned his passion for music into a “Super Ability,” developing methods and strategies through self-study and research that have inspired educational revolutions.

Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, Micah is the oldest of seven children and enjoys spending time with his family. Micah continues to be a student of music, performing regularly at local venues, and above all, he is always honored when asked to sing our country’s National Anthem. He is also an author, project management consultant, and dedicated educator. With over 25 musicals directed in elementary and secondary education, experience as a 501c3 executive coordinator, and a love for the outdoors, camping, snowboarding, surfing, and playing Hawaiian music with his family, Micah’s life is a testament to his diverse interests and commitments. He cherishes his wife and two teenage daughters, enjoys watching them compete in 4-H and cowhorse events, and is a total foodie who loves cooking and eating, especially outdoors while camping.