Maui Arts and Cultural Center (Maui, HI)

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  Three dancers on stage with musicians in the background

Flamenco dancer La Tania and her dancers are one of the performers sponsored by the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Hawaii during their 2003 season. Photo by Karen Fischer

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) is one of the most comprehensive arts facilities in Hawaii, featuring two indoor theaters, an outdoor amphitheater, an art gallery, a pâ hula (hula stage), dance studios, and classrooms. These state-of-the-art facilities have been home to a variety of artists, including hula dancers, folk singers, salsa dancers, and high school bands.

In FY 2003, MACC received an NEA Challenge America: Access grant of $40,000 to support a year of programming, outreach activities, and workshops. MACC offered several series of programs: a dance series; Tune In, a chamber music and jazz series; and Local Voices - Mele, which presents Hawaiian musical artists. Performers who appeared during the period of support included the Art of Rice Traveling Theatre, flamenco dancer La Tania, the Gryphon Piano Trio, and ukulele player Shimabukuro. This year, the MACC began a new series called Local Voices - Talk-Story, which presents works by local playwrights about life in Hawaii.

In addition to these programs, the MACC presented the Hoíonanea Hawaiian series, which featured a variety of artists from around the state. In 2003, the series hosted artists such as vocalist Nâ Leo, hula master Sonny Ching and Hâlau Nâ Mamo O Pu’uanahulu, and contemporary music duo Cecilio Rodriguez and Henry Kapono. Many of these artists participated in the variety of outreach activities the MACC offers, including free concerts in nearby communities, workshops, and lectures.

(From the 2003 NEA Annual Report)