Kona Brewer’s Festival Beneficiary Profile: Donkey Mill Art Center

We interviewed Kate Jacobson, the Executive Director at the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, also known as The Donkey Mill Art Center, to learn more about the organization and find out how the community can help and participate in the Art Center and its many programs and events.

The Donkey Mill Art Center will be directing funds raised at the Kona Brewer’s Festival towards their tuition assistance for youth programs.

When was Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture founded?

The Holualoa Foundation for Arts & Culture was founded in 1995 with a mission of enhancing the lives of people of all ages and abilities through arts and cultural education. In 2002, we renovated an old coffee processing mill and gave it new life as a thriving community art center.

What are some of the Donkey Mill Art Center’s proudest moments and biggest sucesses?

Each day we see the spark of creativity ignited in a child or an elder is a successful day at the Donkey Mill Art Center. We are honored to host internationally recognized artists as well as beginning students who have never explored their creative or cultural identity.

What are some of the biggest/most exciting challenges ahead?

The strategic plan of the Donkey Mill Art Center is to build an Artist-In-Residence program on our campus that would provide housing and studio space for emerging and established artists. We would also like to build a performance space in order to expand our program offerings for the community. We envision a destination art center where people from all over the world will gather to share inspirations, imaginations and aloha.

And how do you plan to face those challenges?

The continuing success of the Donkey Mill Art Center depends on the generosity of members and art supporters. We get a great amount of work done with volunteer help and in-kind contributions, but financial donations are always respectfully appreciated. Every dollar counts.

How can the community help/get involved?

The Donkey Mill Art Center thrives on the dedication and commitment of many volunteers. Some of the ways you can contribute include helping in the studios, office, and retail shop as well as gardening, cleaning, and building maintenance. There’s always something happening at the Mill!