Hosting art exhibits, extravagant galas and mega concerts
Sponsored by Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Maui is the home of Hawaii’s most comprehensive performing and visual arts center called the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC). President and CEO Art Vento was originally the project manager for the center’s construction back in 1992, driving the development of the center’s success from the beginning. He invited HI Now host Jobeth Devera on a tour to talk about how it all began and what’s ahead for the center’s future.
A group of visionary Maui residents and philanthropists worked together for over 10 years to bring the Maui Arts & Cultural Center to life. Spearheaded by Margaret Cameron, Pundy Yokouchi, Carolyn Schafer Grey, Honey Bun Haynes, George and Janet Allan, and others, a task force was pulled together to create, commission, and find financing for the Maui Community Arts and Cultural Center. They decided early on that if they were going to build this, it was going to be the best it could be.
The MACC is known as the place to go on Maui for an exceptional array of events – everything from thoughtful art exhibits to extravagant galas to super-energized mega concerts.
There are more than 1700 events at the MACC in the course of every year. These include CanDo Days field trips for Maui students (everyday events servicing up to 6,000 school kids each year), meetings in our various rental rooms, and regular halau practices in the facility dance studios. It’s all orchestrated by a very tight team of dedicated employees, assisted by a legion of loyal volunteers.
The future of the MACC looks brighter than ever, including plans for expansion, improvements, and big shows. In arts education, the MACC will continue to work with the Department of Education and organizations like Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, Boys & Girls Clubs, and MAPA. The Center will also continue to bring artists off the stage and into the community, to places where, if the people cannot attend, the Center will bring the artist to them in Hana, Lanai, and Molokai. And bringing artists to social service providers like Aloha House, Women Helping Women, and the senior centers and other community gathering places. The MACC believes in the power of the arts, and wants to bring that sense of enrichment to all of Maui’s people.
About the MACC:
Maui Arts & Cultural Center opened in 1994 as the culmination of a long-standing dream of Maui’s residents to build a world-class gathering place for the arts. Now familiarly known as “The MACC,” this center has been described by The Maui News as “the artistic and educational heart of an entire community” and “Maui’s entertainment and arts crown jewel.” For twenty five years, The MACC has been the most comprehensive, multi-disciplinary arts facility in Hawai’i hosting concerts with big name artist and a diverse mix of artists and genres from dance to chamber to jazz to spoken word and works that blur boundaries.
The MACC is also an educational resource, serving all ages from preschool to adult, enhancing arts education in schools and professional development for teachers. The MACC celebrates more than two decades as a “Partner in Education” with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. What this means for Maui is arts education programs and 21st century learning skills provided by the MACC for students and teachers.
Schaefer International Gallery is our museum-quality exhibition space for visual arts. Gallery exhibits celebrate the broad spectrum of human experience by presenting a broad view of cultures, places and people, and present important issues and ideas of our time. Admission is free, year-round.