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Save the Arts

A new art and music program.

September 3, 2009
Trisha Smith
A Makebelieve Company’s (AMBC) Darren Sarno and Noah Brittain, along with a few friends, have spearheaded a new foundation called “Save the Arts.” The program is designed to “inspire, influence and educate the youth in our community through art and music.” Mulligan’s On the Blue will present AMBC’s “Save the Arts” kick-off event on Saturday, Sept. 5.

General education curriculum is required of students, with traditional courses such as math and science at the top of the tutorial plan. Yet, the life lessons a child can learn from acting on stage, playing an instrument or painting a picture are extremely valuable ways they can express themselves and develop into well-rounded individuals.

The art and music programs within public schools are frequently the first to go when times get tough. A majority of Maui County’s public elementary schools have cut their art and music programs, and some of the island’s creative community and AMBC are ready to do something about it.

AMBC has gathered an eclectic group of local artists to volunteer their time to visit schools in need across the Valley Isle. Bands, musicians, painters, sculptors and even some culinary artists (chefs) have pledged to take time out of their busy schedules to perform, interact and just “talk story” with kids.

“The artists will speak with the children about their influences and inspirations, and give them a chance to learn the arts in the confines of the classroom at the very grassroots level,” said Sarno.

AMBC anticipates the program will be implemented by December, with a desire to initially reach out to three to five public elementary schools that lack art and music programs, and eventually work with all of them. They hope to have two to three different volunteers a month, with a goal to pull together somewhere from 50 to 100 volunteers within the next year.

“Our long-term goals include lobbying to get art and music reinstated in the Maui County public school system,” said Sarno.

AMBC hopes to acquire nonprofit stature for the “Save the Arts” program in order to receive grants to pay certified art and music teachers.

At the Mulligan’s kick-off event, enjoy an impressive musical showcase with performances from Maui’s own crowd pleasers The Celtic Tigers (with a surprise guest), A Kettle Prime and the Willie K. Band. This is the last public show on Maui for the popular A Kettle Prime, so don’t miss it! Soulful sweethearts Erin Smith and Gail Swanson will also perform.

Music begins at 5 p.m., with no cover before 7 p.m. There will be an onsite store featuring original AMBC apparel, with all proceeds benefiting “Save the Arts.” The first 50 people through the door will receive a free event T-shirt.

Sip on the evening’s featured cocktail, The John Daly, made with Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka and natural lemonade by Odwalla. There will also be an open-air barbecue featuring a variety of onolicious burgers for purchase.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A portion of ticket sales will go towards purchasing art supplies for schools. Call 874-1131 for more information.

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Join A Makebelieve Company (AMBC) and friends on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Mulligan’s On the Blue for their kick-off event for the “Save the Arts” program—a volunteer foundation started by AMBC to keep art and music in our public schools. Support the arts by purchasing one of AMBC’s cool designer tees—100 percent of the evening’s clothing sales benefit their new foundation.



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