Weaving a definite thread throughout the tapestry of performances and programs, the center has developed a theme for the season—“Connecting Our Community and The World.” Personal and shared cultural experiences have the power to transform people and communities. Throughout these performances and exhibits, the MACC seeks to cultivate opportunities for a genuine connection that comes from enjoyment of the arts.
“We like to think that we’re not remote,” said MACC Executive Vice President of Operations Art Vento, regarding the 2010-2011 season. “With this theme, we’re showcasing the best of Hawai‘i and Maui for the world, and we’re showcasing the best of the world for Maui and Hawai‘i.”
The new season will feature performers from all over the world, such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa, Afro-Cuban All Stars from Cuba, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca from Spain, the Battlefield Band from Scotland, Irish harper and storyteller Patrick Ball, a percussion ensemble from Malaysia and renowned dance troupes from America.
Not to be out-numbered, Hawai‘i’s artists and cultural practitioners abound throughout the performance season. Enjoy up-close-and-personal “solo sessions” with Robert Cazimero, Barry Flanagan and Makana, to name just a few. The MACC’s Ho‘onanea series returns with new and familiar faces, such as Na Leo Pilimehana, Three Maui Divas with Amy Hanaiali‘i, Raiatea Helm and Napua Makua, Keali‘i Reichel and Hālau Ke‘alaokamaile in Kukahi, and Cecilio & Kapono with the Maui Pops Orchestra.
This fall, Schaefer International Gallery will offer a look at local culture in its exhibits, opening with “Matthew Thayer and The Maui News: 30 Years of Photojournalism,” which runs through October.
In November and December, the gallery will feature “Ho‘oulu: The Inspiration of Hula,” which includes hula-inspired works from the Art in Public Places Collection at Hawai‘i State Art Museum.