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ATEC Grad Studies Career Spotlight: Public Arts and Curation with Tory Laitila

Moderated by Mohammed Rashid and Alex Remington

Tory Laitila is the Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the Honolulu Museum of Art. From 2002 to 2019 he was the Registrar at the Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, where he oversaw the public art collection of the City and County of Honolulu. Prior to H-MOCA, he was Assistant Curator at the Hawaiian Mission Houses.  

An active member of the Honolulu arts and culture community, he received the Ka Lama Award from the Hawai?i Museums Association in 2015, and was inducted as an Honorary Mamo Hawai‘i member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Chapter 1, in 2019. Tory is a member of the Costume Society of America, the Registrars Committee-Western Region, and previously served on the Historic Apparel & Textiles Committee of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums. 

ATEC Career Spotlights provide students with the unique opportunity to ask questions and hear from industry professionals about their field and career path. This is open to all, but is focused on Graduate Students.