Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Education Department

Summer Institute 2021

Summer Institute (SY 20-21)

Lifting up the Human Spirit: Arts Education for Classroom and Community Educators in 2021

“The arts are education. They stretch you as a human being, lift up the human spirit, and help us become better people.” – Pundy Yokouchi, Founding Chairman, Maui Arts & Cultural Center

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Professional Development Summer Institute will explore how the arts function as a transformative tool for healing and education in a world facing the multiple pandemics of COVID-19 and social injustices.

Three major themes will be covered by the keynote speakers:

  • Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives in Teaching & Learning
  • Radically Changing Education through Culturally Relevant Education & the Arts 
  • Social & Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed Teaching for Liberation 

There will be two tracks to support integration and application of the content for *Classroom Teachers & *Community Teaching Artists.

Registration should occur on the MACC website before PDE3. Registration & payments must be submitted by June 21, 2021 by 6:00pm

Dates: June 25, 26, 27, 2021 9am-1pm HST/ 3pm-7pm EST
(If you are unable to attend one of the days, a recording will be provided for you at the end of the day)
Fee $195 for Classroom Teachers working full time in a school. 
Fee is $75 for Community Teaching Artists/contract workers.

(If you are on the ARTS FIRST team, a TA the HSFCA TA Roster -or applied to be on the HSFA TA Roster, Registration is covered by the HSFCA so no payment is required)

2021 PDE3 information

PDE3 Registration now open!

If you intend to take this for PDE3 Credits, please review our Portfolio Expectations prior to registering. To receive the credits, after you register through the MACC Registration you will also need to register directly through PDE3.

  • Course: Lifting up the Human Spirit: Arts Education for Classroom and Community Educators
    • Details for Section: Summer 2021
    • Course Number: FA186634
    • Section Number: 305538

  • Completed Portfolios Due October 29, 2021
Portfolio Resources


Puanani Burgess

Puanani Burgess is known for the community building process, Building The Beloved Community, which she designs and facilitates throughout Hawai’i, the U.S. and the world.  She is a board member of the Kohala Center, Feed The Hunger Foundation and the Positive Futures Network.  As part of her community-based work in her home community of Wai’anae, she helped develop several community, family  and aina-based organizations including:  Ka’ala Farm. Hoa’Aina ‘O Makaha, Hale Na’au Pono (the community mental health center), Time Out Nursery and the Pu’a Foundation)Shi-e is a poet, cultural translator and mediator.  In 2009 she was among five people honored as one of Hawai’i’s Living Treasures by the Hawai’i Honpa Hongwanji Mission.

Christopher Emdin, PhD.

Christopher Emdin is tenured professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of the Program in Science Education and Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education Center. Emdin’s work has been featured on ABC, CBS, PBS and various other media outlets He is author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation, the New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood.. and the Rest of ya’ll too. His newest book, and Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success is currently available for pre order wherever books are sold. 

Terisa Siagatonu

Terisa Siagatonu is an award-winning poet, teaching artist, mental health educator, and community leader born and rooted in the Bay Area. Her presence in the poetry world as a queer Samoan woman and activist has granted her opportunities to perform and speak in places ranging from the White House (during the Obama administration) to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France. The most memorable moment in her career was receiving President Obama’s Champion of Change Award in 2012 for her activism as a spoken word poet/organizer in her Pacific Islander community.

Christina Villarreal, PhD

Proudly born and raised in the Bay Area, Christina “V” Villarreal spent nearly a decade teaching and learning with the beautiful youth of East Oakland, CA where she taught middle school and then served as an assistant principal. She also taught Ethnic Studies courses at San Francisco State University for three years before moving the East Coast for graduate school. Currently, Villarreal serves as the Faculty Director of the Teacher Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also teaches courses on Ethnic Studies and Healing Centered Engagement. Additionally, she serves as a Radical Healing trainer with Flourish Agenda, and as an Ethnic Studies consultant with Acosta Educational Partnership. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from SF State, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Education from Columbia University. Her work and research focus on enactments of humanizing pedagogies, racial literacy and radical healing in classrooms, schools, and communities. When she’s not teaching, she can be found baking cookies or cupcakes, eating a huge bowls of noodles or cuddling with her doggie, Canela.

Ka’anohiokalā Kalama-Macomber

Kaʻanohiokalā Kalama-Macomber is a mother, a daughter and a kumu hula who is passionate about working with and for the lāhui in order to support the future generations of Hawaiʻi nei. From Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu, Kaʻanohi has 10+ years of experience as a steward of Hawaiʻi culture-based educational programming. Her work with schools, families, and extended communities has helped to inform the work that she does today as the Nā Hopena Education Specialist with the HIDOE – Office of Hawaiian Education.

Ivee Cruz

Ivee Cruz is a visionary, creative, facilitator, educator, dancer and conscious spirit. Ivee is passionate about growth, transformation and change. Ms. Cruz is a global citizen, born in the Philippines, raised on the borderlands of California and Mexico, currently blessed to call Hawaiʻi home. She has lived, worked, and studied in the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Ms. Cruz is a lifelong learner and is currently a PhD candidate in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. She has a Masters of Arts in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelors of Arts in Global & International Studies and Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara. Ivee has been an educator for over 20 years in public, private, and charter schools across K-12 and higher education. She has experience in social entrepreneurship, NGOs, non-profit, and governmental sectors. Her contemplative experience includes People of Color Retreats at Deer Park Monastery, Mindful Schools – Educator Training, Greater Good Science Center, and Courage of Care. As a counselor, educator, and facilitator, she aspires to bridge culture, diversity, spirituality, equity, leadership, and consciousness for youth in education.

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