Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Artists in the Community program redefines the relationship of artist to audience, and embodies The MACC’s enduring belief in the ability of the arts to build community. Through a multitude of free events throughout the year, The MACC brings performing artists into local schools, senior centers and social service agencies, reaching out to people throughout Maui County in the places where they live, go to school, or gather to socialize — including Hāna, Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i. Through shared personal experiences with performers from around the world, Maui Nui residents experience the transformative power of the arts. In return, our visiting artists feel the strength of aloha from our community. Our outreach activities provide shared benefits: the ‘aha’ moments that occur not only enrich the community, but are also insightful for the participating artists ... and therein lies the potential for great exchange, sharing and growth.
Big Bid Voodoo Daddy
Five horn players from the Los Angeles-based band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy conducted a Horn Clinic at King Kekaulike High School on October 24, 2016 Jazz Band student musician. Glen Marhevka (trumpet), Andy Rowley, saxophone), Karl Hunter (clarinet & saxophone), Alex Henderson (trombone), and Tony Bonsera (trumpet) visited the Upcountry high school to share pointers on musicianship, horn-playing, and being part of a performing team. The musicians sampled some of the various types of jazz music, listened to a few pieces by the King K students and gave the students a few tips ... and then everybody jumped in and jammed on a tune together! Many of the kids came to the perfromce in the Castle Theater the next night, and hooted & hollered for their new best friends and fellow horn players!
A thousand Maui school children packed the house for a School Show of the Hawaiian language story "Paka'a Lanakila" ( Paka'a the Winner), narrated by B.K. Cabigon accompanied by the Wind Quintet of Chamber Music Hawai'i, in an original composition by Jon Magnussen. This performance was a collaboration of cultures: a quintet of wind instruments gave a musical translation of an ancient Hawaiian tale from Kaua'i, while a narrator told the story in Hawaiian, and an English translation was projected so that all the audience might enjoy the 'olelo.
From the staff: "There really is nothing like hearing the Castle Theater full of all those excited young voices as they get ready for the lights to dim and the show to go on!"
Haunted Hawaiian Nights
On October 27- 28, 2016, Hawaiian storyteller Lopaka Kapanui gave a performance of spooky stories for about 25 'tweens' at the Boys & Girls Club in Makawao, and visited Hale Mahaolu Elua where he told stories to about 75 kupuna. (Some of the eldsters came special from Hana and Kula to see his performance - and they had a great time!) What a way to get ready for Halloween weekend on the island: chicken-skin!
Mai Poina: The Overthrow
A theatrical production brought to life by the Hawai‘i Pono‘ī Coalition, telling of the tumultuous last four days of the Hawaiian monarchy from the perspective of native Hawaiians and other citizens of the kingdom. Followed by an open discussion with Hawaiian scholars, to inform and inspire.
On Friday, September 19, 2016, the cast from O'ahu performed this dramatic work to a full house of students in the McCoy Studio Theater - approximately 300 young people who had come to the MACC for this school show. Immediately after, the cast traveled to Kamehameha School Maui to perform for all students in the high school and eighth grade, approximately 560 students.
Nyla Fujii-Babb, who plays the role of Queen Lili`uokalani in Mai Poina: The Overthrow, was full of emotion for the impact of these performances, as she felt so strongly that they were reaching the audience for whom this presentation was most intended - the youth of Hawai`i.
Henry Kapono, Brother Noland and John Cruz at Maui High
Al Jarreau with students from Baldwin High School Performing Arts Program