Performing & Visual Teaching Artists


May 5, 8, 9, 10  |   4 pm - 7 pm
This year, the focus of the MACC's Teaching Artists Institute will be to prepare artists for the classrooms: utilizing questions to cultivate critical thinking  and to develop their teaching artistry in preparation for delivering residencies; lesson planning and better practices when working with high-needs students. Emerging and established artists interested in teaching are welcome to participate in the institute, with priority given to Can Do! and AITS teaching artists.


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)