The Public Art Podcast

TALK STORY #15: Johnny Mac & Dean Tokishi

June 15, 2022

In May 2022, Dean Tokishi completed a storytelling training alongside 12 extraordinary individuals, led by SMALL TOWN * BIG ART artist Leilehua Yuen. Our team paired each participant with an intergenerational partner to engage in a 40-minute, audio-recorded "Talk Story" session, with the goal of capturing an authentic moment of connection. Here, Dean speaks with John McCandless (Uncle Johnny Mac), at Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House / Maui Historical Society. This recording will become part of a collection from which artists will base a proposed work of public art through the upcoming SMALL TOWN * BIG ART 2022 RFP (request for proposals). Learn more at

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