In addition to bringing the best of the world to Maui, two of the community-based initiatives that we strive to maintain @ the MACC are: 1) to bring the artists who perform and exhibit here into contact with the people of our Maui community, creating deeper artist-to-audience connections; and 2) to enhance the development of our island artists with opportunities to learn and be inspired by the world's working professionals.
Recently, we had a perfect example of how well this can be accomplished. When the swing/big band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy came to town the first time in 2016, we set the stage for a great Artist in Community episode at one of our high schools. When the BBVD band came back in January 2019, we continued the story -- and the results were
even greater than
what we could have imagined!
in the panels below
Great narratives like this happen because we care about the artists who spring from Maui, as well as the artists who come to our shore. When we bring audience and artist together in these 'extracurricular" activities, great bonds are forged: our local and young artists get the benefits of mentoring, and the touring artists learn more about our unique community.
I hope as -- you watch some of the many shows coming up this year and view the numerous artworks on exhibit -- you will remember that what you see on stage is only one part of the MACC story: behind the curtains, so much more may be happening!
I look forward to seeing you soon, in the community ... @ the MACC.
Art Vento, President & CEO