For the past three years, our world has gone through immeasurable shifts, transformations, and hardships. Throughout this time the Donkey Mill has been and continues to be a sanctuary, a puʻuhonua.
As artist and Hawaiian cultural practitioner Kanani Enos said, “Puʻuhonua are safe places where we can go to heal, reset and realign to our place in life and our kuleana…sometimes we just need the time, space, safety and a little bit of compassion to contemplate and accept our place in everything.” In speaking to Mill members, students, and visitors we have found that a consistent theme keeps arising; that people take comfort when they come into our space or experience our programs.
Have you ever felt that spark and feeling of comfort when walking into the Mill space, or attending our programs, exhibitions, and events? Have you or someone you love experienced healing through arts exploration? Have you felt a sense of community with us? We invite you to reflect on these experiences as you consider making a year end gift to the Mill.
“In the expressive communal setting of the [Donkey] Mill, I find much solace and human connection through creativity and art. The Mill is an invaluable haven for personal and collective growth right here in our multifaceted island community.” –Kirsti Cook, Member
As our Board of Directors and staff continue to deliver on our three year strategic plan, we are committed to remaining a puʻuhonua for you through:
- community engagement events and exhibitions that explore multiple perspectives on topical subjects
- addressing the systemic shortage of available youth arts programming in area schools
- creating opportunities for a network of teaching and practicing artists
- year-round classes taught by renowned local and visiting artists, who are drawn to the Mill for collaborative exchange of techniques–all of which have benefited over 4,600 people this year alone!
The Mill will remain a steady and safe place in our community. We hope that you continue to find value in the work that we’re doing and join us in our efforts by making a year end gift. Class tuition only covers 13% of our annual operating budget, so we rely on support from individuals just like you. Mahalo for giving; whether you can give $5 or $5,000, your gift makes a difference.