Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $40,000 to Maui Arts & Cultural Center to support the MACC’s annual programming and carefully tailored residencies throughout Maui County.
The Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as the MACC, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
Art Vento, president and CEO of the MACC, said, “When NEA Chairman Jane Chu visited the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in 2016, she praised the work accomplished here. With the NEA’s valued support since 1999, all people on Maui continue to be enriched by the artists who perform or exhibit as part of The MACC Presents.
“Also, with valuable funding like this from the NEA, artists can share their talents across the three islands of Maui County through community events and residencies, as well as within our arts education programs. It’s great to have this further endorsement, on the national arts platform, for the great work that the MACC does on Maui, Lanai and Molokai.
For more information about Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s many events and programs, visit MauiArts.org. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
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Hawaiian Canoe Club recently received $15,000 from Saltchuk Resources Inc. to support summer programs for Maui youths. The grant will support the seven-week summer program that enables children as young as 10 to challenge themselves physically while learning about Native Hawaiian culture and the environment. Kimo Haynes, president of Maui Petroleum/Hawaii Petroleum, presented a check to members of Hawaiian Canoe Club at the Kahului club site.
“We are grateful for this generous grant from Saltchuck Resources,” said Dave Ward, president of the board of directors of Hawaiian Canoe Club. “Each summer our kids paddle to the different islands, Kahoolawe, Molokai and Lanai. Our kids take on projects like planting native trees and restoring trails, which builds their understanding of our island culture and natural resources. We rely on donations and grants to make sure all young people, especially those from low-income families, are able to participate.”
The Saltchuk companies serving Hawaii are: Aloha Air Cargo, Young Brothers/Hawaiian Tug & Barge, Maui Petroleum/Hawaii Petroleum and Minit Stop. Saltchuk Resources Inc. is based at Lake Union in Seattle.
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Maui Mediation Services was the most recent beneficiary of the Ohana Fuels “Fuel Up. Do Good.” community giving program. Ohana Fuels partners with nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of the local community, and donates a portion of the proceeds from every gallon of gasoline and diesel purchased at Ohana Fuels stations in that community. Maui Mediation Services’ donation included $6,034.17 from first-quarter sales, plus an additional $378 in car wash proceeds.
MMS, which started as the Maui Neighborhood Justice Center, has been providing mediation services to Maui County for more than 35 years.
“We gratefully acknowledge the support of Ohana Fuels and Hawaii Petroleum President Kimo Haynes,” said Bevanne Bowers, MMS executive director. “Ohana Fuels seeks to create positive change in the communities where they do business, and that philosophy of neighbors helping neighbors is what Maui Mediation Services was built on.”
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La’akea, a therapeutic farm that includes people with developmental disabilities, is the recipient of a donation from the Upcountry Farmers Market Ohana. The donation of $75,042.36 was received May 23 with the friends and crew of La’akea in a ceremony on the campus at 639 Baldwin Ave. in Paia.
“How our local organizations support each other is something that makes Maui a special place,” said Executive Director Andrea Hall Rodgers. “We are so grateful to the Upcountry Farmers Market Ohana for their tremendous support. There are so many exciting projects going on at La’akea and this gift helps us get things done much quicker. Our whole community will benefit from their incredible generosity.”
“The mission of the market is ‘to serve community to build community,’ “ said Neil Coshever, manager of the Upcountry Farmers Market. “The good-hearted vendors welcome the wonderful participants from La’akea who receive excess food and produce at the end of the day. We can’t wait to see them each week, they bring a lot of joy to the market.”