About the Donkey Mill Art Center

The Donkey Mill Art Center, home of the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Artist Statement

The Donkey Mill Art Center is aplace of convergence for the exploration of arts and culture to nurture individual creative expression and community resilience for the people of West Hawaiʻi and beyond. Arts education is essential to break down socio-economic and cultural barriers. The Donkey Mill Art Center is committed to establishing West Hawaiʻi as a model of a resilient, thriving community where art is considered a necessity, not a luxury. We are located 3 miles south of Holualoa Village on Mamalahoa Hwy.

The Mill’s Youth Education Program believes appreciation of the arts is the hallmark of both a complete person and a healthy society. Its mission is to enable children to engage in artistic and cultural activities that otherwise would not be available to them. DMAC’s youth programs in the visual arts interconnect with place based learning, inquiry, creative writing and culture through the lens of self, family, community and world. We practice the use of the National Core Art Standards and the Na Hopena A’o framework. Our collaboration with classroom teachers and schools are designed not just to teach particular skills, but to nurture individual creativity, encourage group collaboration, to give participants the chance to explore new and sometimes
life-changing experiences in the arts and to become good citizens.

Teaching Artists

  • Gerald Lucena, Youth Education and Fiber Studio Coordinator
  • Akiko Cutlip, Teaching Artist
  • Angaea Cuna, Teaching Artist
  • Puakea Forester, Teaching Artist


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.