NEW PROGRAM stars December 2018 - runs through April 2019!
The Cross Currents program was first offered to adult performing arts students  (18+)  in June 2017.  Thanks to the positive feedback and suggestion of our participants, MORE Cross Currents explorations were offered  Jan 3 - April 25,  2018. 
Each month, an art form was explored: January, Music; February, Dance; March, Oratory; April: a mixture of music, dance, drama learned in previous months, to keep up the skills developed.
Building a community is a big component to the Cross Currents experience. 
Experiencing the arts with old and new friends adds a extra depth.
We hope you can join us in the next Cross Currents... and please invite friends who would enjoy the experience, too! 


In partnership with First Peoples Fund, a national non profit focused on developing indigenous artists and arts markets, this workshop focussed on developing important business skills and mindsets. The free two-day training was held Saturday-Sunday, January 27-28 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jeremy Staab, Program Manager at First Peoples Fund, says: "This training is a great way for artists at any stage in their career to start or expand an arts business, whether it be a newcomer unsure about the pricing of their art or a more experienced artist hoping to grow their customer base,” said  “Everything we do is designed to honor and protect traditional and cultural values, while helping Native and Indigenous artists succeed and thrive as business people.”


WORKSHOPS were held in January:

"Public Art: Encouraging Awareness and Appreciation with Students"  with Neida Bangerter 
This workshop  introduced teaching artists to works in the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts permanent collection at public schools around the state, and highlight opportunities for a new residency program, Artists in the Schools (AITS). Participants in all arts disciplines joined in to learn approaches to interpretation and techniques of instruction that compliment core subjects, and strengthen teaching experience. with students.
"Responding to Art through Art, Part 1”  with Jamie Simpson Steele
Teaching artists engaged  with artwork, and:
1. Practiced engaging, questioning, and facilitating students in 
   active discussion, using observation, inference, and inquiry. 
2. Experienced art-making strategies to deepen thinking about 
   visual text. 
3. Integrated visual thinking with art-making experiences through practice planning.
"Responding to Art through Art, Part 2"  with Jamie Simpson Steele
Teaching artists shared their observations, and discussed potential obstacles, as well as potential solutions. Jamie lead a culminating workshop to enrich  teaching artistry with strategies for responding to art.

For more information contact Chadwick at 808.243.4234 or e-mail


Research shows that the arts can transform teaching and learning environments, as well as increase learner engagement and connections to the surrounding world - thereby raising student achievement and success.  The MACC utilizes teaching artists on three levels: federal (Kennedy Center and NAEA);  state (Artists in the Schools);  and local (artists and cultural practitioners in Maui county).  All three of these levels bring strengths and expertise that meet the needs of our community. Whether it is working with students or educators, or bringing cutting edge arts strategies and/or cultural sensitivity,  the MACC's  education departmental goal is to use the arts to enrich the lives of our community.

Keeping in mind the long struggle of arts being under-funded across the nation, we have found incredible success when our teaching residencies are focused on arts integration.  Arts integration is where teaching artists go into schools and collaborate with classroom teachers and find innovative and relevant ways to infuse classroom instruction with the arts, raising engagement and leveling the playing field for different types of learners, and inspiring confidence in and through the arts.

The following is a list of recent MACC's Teaching Artist Residencies in Maui:
Sean Layne: Maunaloa Elementary, Pukalani Elementary, and Pomaika'i Elementary (August 2016)
Beth Marcil and Paul Wood, Baldwin High School (October-December 2016)
Marcia Daft, Pomaika'i Elementary, October 2016 and Kihei Elementary (November 2016)
Denise Lionetti, Maui High School (February 2017)
Mehanaokala Hind, Molokai High School and Moloka'i Middle School (March 2017)
Melanie Rick, Maui High School (March 2017)