Occupy Art at the Volcano Art Center

Volcano Art Center and Donkey Mill Art Center open their hearts, minds and walls to residents and visitors inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York City on September 17, 2011 and has since swept across many states and countries. These partnering arts organizations offer a place for healthy communication about socially relevant issues, using art as a vehicle for expression.

To provide a venue for creative and peaceful responses to this movement, people of all walks of life and arts experience are encouraged to submit heartfelt and artful contributions to be exhibited.  At Volcano Art Center, “OCCUPY ART,” exhibit and “Zero Currency Trade Event,” will be open to the public December 2-9, 2011, with intake beginning at the end of the November.  In Holualoa, The Donkey Mill Art Center will host a sister exhibition called “BEYOND WALL STREET” December 20, 2011 through February 11, 2012.  Intake for this exhibition will be December 9-10, 2011.

Together We Find Strength

According to the unofficial de facto Occupy Wall Street (OWS) website, www.OccupyWallSt.org, “OWS is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions brought together by their intolerance for the greed and corruption of the 1% of money earners and the desire to restore democracy to America. The OWS movement empowers people to create real change from the bottom up and encourages the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”

Open Call for Art from the Heart

An open call seeks responses to the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Global citizens of all ages, arts experience and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.  Original art work in all media may including painting, sculpture, photography, sketches, poetry, writing or performance.  Artwork must be complete and ready to display (on hangers or in frames, etc.).

All types of work accepted.  Art work for the Volcano Exhibit can be dropped off November 28-29 between 2-6pm to Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village.  Alternate Hilo drop-off is Stairway to Art Gallery, from 10am-4pm on the same days, at 336 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo (upstairs from Reuben’s near the farmer’s market).  Artwork for the Holualoa exhibition “BEYOND WALL STREET” can be dropped off at the Donkey Mill Art Center on December 9th and 10th.

Upon closing of the art gallery exhibitions, artists are encouraged to mail their artwork to one of their US Senators or Representatives as a visual representation of constituents’ perspectives or to identify locations in their community to display their artwork publicly.

Zero Currency Open Mic Nite

Volcano’s exhibit opens with a “Zero Currency Trade Event,” at VAC’s Niaulani Campus on Friday, December 2 at 7PM.  Poets, singers, musicians, comics, sketch artists, improv acts, magicians may come and perform on this inaugural, OWS-inspired Open Mic Night.  Acts up to 5 minutes may sign up upon arrival on a first-come, first-served basis.  As a “Zero Currency Trade Event,” there is no admission or entry fee and guests are invited to bring their own pupus, snacks, drinks and items to share or trade.  This is sure to be an eclectic and memorable evening.

5,000 miles from Manhattan

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 that promotes, develops, and perpetuates the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawai’i people through the arts and education.  VAC’s Niaulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Call Tanya for more information at (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

The Donkey Mill Art Center is located at 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway and is the home of the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture.  The mission of this non-profit charitable organization is to enrich the lives of persons of all ages and abilities through arts and culture. Their vision is to provide a stimulating environment that helps individuals discover, develop, and expand their artistic abilities.  For more information, call 322-3362 or visit www.DonkeyMillArtCenter.org

The opinions and ideas presented in the OCCUPY ART and BEYOND WALL STREET exhibits do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Volcano Art Center, Donkey Mill Art Center, their respective staff, boards or members.




November 28-29, 2011 from 2pm-6pm at Volcano Art Center

or – Stairway to Art Gallery, from 10am-4pm at 336 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo

(upstairs from Reuben’s near the farmer’s market).


December 9-10, 2011 from 10am-4pm

Opening Reception:


December 2, 2011 at 7pm, Volcano Art Center

A Zero Currency Trade Event with no admission or entry fee

Guests are encouraged to bring their own pupus, snacks, drinks and items to share or trade.


December 20, 2011



December 12-16 from 9am-5pm, M-F

One Response

  1. Thank you Damon Tucker! Much Aloha from Volcano Art Center.

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