MOLOKAI ARTS CENTER INC

Bringing the arts to Molokai and Molokai to the arts.

Kualapuu, HI   |  http://www.molokaiartscenter.org/

Mission

To provide art classes, youth programs, studio and gallery space for the island of Molokai, Hawaii MAC will bring in regionally and nationally recognized artists to participate in the artist in residency program providing workshops, lectures, one on one mentorship and inspiration to the community at large. By creating rich and diverse classes in the arts we hope to stimulate the mind and heart of the individual, broadening the artistic experience, and growing an even more vibrant arts community. MAC sees it focus and the core of the program to create an outstanding arts youth education program as our cornerstone. We will educate and grow the young artist; we will nurture future artists allowing for a lifetime of artistic growth, learning and fulfillment.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Dan Bennett

Main address

P.O. Box 116

Kualapuu, HI 96757 USA

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EIN

27-3170573

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Our programs

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Introduction to Pottery

Taught by master potter Dan Bennett.  Includes introduction to handbuilding, throwing on the wheel, glazing and firing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

program has been generously supported the the Hawaiian Tourism Authority, Hawaii People's Fund and private donations. Past workshops have included a tools and weapons talk story, a workshop on making niho, oki, a cutting tool, and upena, or net making.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Adults

The Molokai Arts Center offers several opportunities for artist residencies each year. A small island located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and part of the Hawaiian islands, Molokai provides a perfect backdrop to create, explore and experience a unique culture. The purpose of the MAC Artist In Residency program is to provide visiting artists with a respite from daily responsibilities to enable them to create and concentrate on their work.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Hawaiian Language Immersion Program Ceramic Class

This includes the Molokai Middle School Hawaiian students in Kumu Iolani Kuoha class and a couple special needs students. In this class they have a chance to learn basic ceramic instructions on an informal, individual basis to do hand building techniques such as pinch pot, coils, and slabs to create ceramic artwork. Instructions try to focus lessons on Hawaiian history and culture but also allow students to create pieces they are interested in. The students has a chance to make artwork to fundraise for their class all while learning the business and networking side of ceramics. On one or two occasions, they will be allowed to create pieces on the wheel with some guidance. Wheel throwing is usually taught after hand building methods are explored so that students have a knowledge of the nature of clay before attempting to form work on the pottery wheel, which takes longer to learn, and requires more advanced skills. As an added bonus, mixed media is a part of this class to have them learn different types of art, styles and techniques to encourage students to be more creative. After sufficiently creating quality and creative work, students are encouraged to develop entrepreneurship skills if so desired.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Keiki Ceramic/ Mixed Media Classes
In these classes we focus on familiarizing keiki with clay and basic hand building techniques such as Coil,
Slab, Pinch Pot as well as learning to Score & Slip to join pieces, create different textures with different
tools, learn about colors through the use of different slips while learning a technique called sgraffito.
They will also have the opportunity to do different mixed media projects. Some previous projects that
we've done include Painting, Tye Dye, paper mâché, bead work, jewelry, wearable art, and holiday
activities to name a few. During the year there are holidays or special occasions which will allow
students to experiment their creativity by making items to either use or give away as gifts. We teach
keiki ages 4-12 and kindly ask parents who have children ages 4-5 to please help assist the instructor and
keiki to guide them during the projects as needed until they are comfortable working with clay and
mixed media. To keep track of attendance and payment for classes we use a punch card system which
allows more flexibility for families. Each card has 5 punches and cost $25 per card. Multiple children are
allowed to use one card. This system allows classes to be affordable costing $5 per class per child
instead of a $10 drop in fee per class per child. We strive to find new projects for the children to make
classes exciting and fun. It is our hope that we inspire these keiki to enhance their creativity and use art
as a way of expressing themselves while learning new things and discovering hidden talents.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Local and visiting artists are encouraged to collaborate with MAC in regards to teaching a workshop here on Molokai, be it visual or performing arts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Intermediate Ceramics The class includes ceramic instruction on an informal, individual, basis with the instructor meeting the needs of the level of the participant from beginner to advanced. Forming methods taught are hand building and wheel throwing. Hand building methods include pinch, coil and slab. Wheel throwing is usually taught after hand building methods are explored so that students have a knowledge of the nature of clay before attempting to form work on the pottery wheel, which takes longer to learn, and requires more advanced skills. Work is high fired so that it is food safe and durable for daily use. Other methods of firing such as raku, salt, and wood are offered to the students when appropriate, with other potters. More advanced students are offered instruction in firing methods, kiln construction, equipment operation and glaze preparation. Advanced wheel throwing techniques are provided as needed when students progress in skill development. The instructor sees his role as introductory and as resource as participants develop their own personal style of expression in clay. Three levels of studio membership are offered: (1) drop in session(s)-$20 for 1-3 session in creating a clay piece to take home, (2) regular studio membership $60 per month to include two class sessions available per week, as well as open studio session on Sunday 1-4, PM, (3) volunteer studio membership $30 per month, includes same class times as regular studio membership, but requires 2 hours per week of volunteer work for the Molokai Arts Center. As a natural evolution of the creative process students are encouraged to develop entrepreneurship skills if so desired, to support themselves financially after they have created enough work of sufficient quantity and quality.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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MOLOKAI ARTS CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 11/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gregory Khan

Molokai Community Health Center

Term: 2014 -


Board co-chair

Joyce Haase

Department of Education

Term: 2017 -

Daniel Bennett

No Affiliation

Elizabeth Granger

No Affiliation

Paula Scott

Hawaii Craftsmen Association

Lynn Donaldson

No Affiliation

Stephanie Aquino

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/6/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability