The Cross Currents program was offered to adult ( 18+) performing arts students in June 2017.  Thanks to the positive feedback and suggestion of our participants,we've decided to offer MORE Cross Currents explorations: every Wednesday, Jan 3 - April 25,  5:30 -9:00 pm. We can keep skills fresh, develop new ones, and ramp up to the Summer intensive!
Curriculum: Each month will explore an art form:
January: Music       February:  Dance          March: Oratory
April: a mixture of music, dance, drama learned in previous months, to keep up the skills developed.
Program Fee: 
For an entire month, $75  [$60 for MACC members; $50 for Kaunoa members]
Drop-in, per session:  $25.  light refreshments included
Building a community is a big component to the Cross Currents experience.  Experiencing the arts with old and new friends adds a extra depth. We hope you can join us in the new year ... and please invite friends who would enjoy the experience. 
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In partnership with First Peoples Fund, a national non profit focused on developing indigenous artists and arts markets, this workshop will focus on developing imporatant business skills and mindsets.
The free two-day training was held
Saturday-Sunday, January 27-28
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Jeremy Staab, Program Manager at First Peoples Fund, says: "This training is a great way for artists at any stage in their career to start or expand an arts business, whether it be a newcomer unsure about the pricing of their art or a more experienced artist hoping to grow their customer base,” said  “Everything we do is designed to honor and protect traditional and cultural values, while helping Native and Indigenous artists succeed and thrive as business people.”


WORKSHOPS were held in January:

"Public Art: Encouraging Awareness and Appreciation with Students"  
with Neida Bangerter  Jan 18th  
This workshop will introduce teaching artists to works in the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts permanent collection at public schools around the state, and highlight opportunities for a new residency program, Artists in the Schools (AITS). Participants in all arts disciplines are invited to join us and learn approaches to interpretation and techniques of instruction that compliment core subjects, and strengthen your teaching experience. with students.
"Responding to Art through Art, Part 1” 
with Jamie Simpson Steele  January 19 
Teaching artists will engage with artwork, and:
1. Practice engaging, questioning, and facilitating students in 
   active discussion, using observation, inference, and inquiry. 
2. Experience art-making strategies to deepen thinking about 
   visual text. 
3. Integrate visual thinking with art-making experiences through practice planning.
"Responding to Art through Art, Part 2" 
with Jamie Simpson Steele  January 26 
Teaching artists will share their observations, and discuss potential obstacles, as well as potential solutions. Jamie will lead this culminating workshop, that will enrich your teaching artistry with strategies for responding to art.

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Research shows that the arts can transform teaching and learning environments, as well as increase learner engagement and connections to the surrounding world - thereby raising student achievement and success.  The MACC utilizes teaching artists on three levels: federal (Kennedy Center and NAEA);  state (Artists in the Schools);  and local (artists and cultural practitioners in Maui county).  All three of these levels bring strengths and expertise that meet the needs of our community. Whether it is working with students or educators, or bringing cutting edge arts strategies and/or cultural sensitivity,  the MACC's  education departmental goal is to use the arts to enrich the lives of our community.

Keeping in mind the long struggle of arts being under-funded across the nation, we have found incredible success when our teaching residencies are focused on arts integration.  Arts integration is where teaching artists go into schools and collaborate with classroom teachers and find innovative and relevant ways to infuse classroom instruction with the arts, raising engagement and leveling the playing field for different types of learners, and inspiring confidence in and through the arts.

The following is a list of recent MACC's Teaching Artist Residencies in Maui:
Sean Layne: Maunaloa Elementary, Pukalani Elementary, and Pomaika'i Elementary (August 2016)
Beth Marcil and Paul Wood, Baldwin High School (October-December 2016)
Marcia Daft, Pomaika'i Elementary, October 2016 and Kihei Elementary (November 2016)
Denise Lionetti, Maui High School (February 2017)
Mehanaokala Hind, Molokai High School and Moloka'i Middle School (March 2017)
Melanie Rick, Maui High School (March 2017)

TEACHING ARTISTS INSTITUTE conducted May 5, 8, 9, 10, 2017

This year, the focus of the MACC's Teaching Artists Institute was to prepare artists for the classrooms: utilizing questions to cultivate critical thinking  and to develop their teaching artistry in preparation for delivering residencies; lesson planning and better practices when working with high-needs students. Emerging and established artists interested in teaching are welcome to participate in the institute, with priority given to Can Do! and AITS teaching artists.