AHA Virtual Site Visit: Donkey Mill Art Center (Holualoa, Hawai’i)

Be an armchair traveler with AHA – we have missed visiting our amazing members’ sites this year, so we are going virtual!

Location: Online, Donkey Mill Art Center (https://donkeymillartcenter.org)
Date and Time: Thu, November 19, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM HST  
Registration via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-tour-and-talk-story-with-donkey-mill-art-center-tickets-127800339255

Join the Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists for a virtual tour and discussion of Donkey Mill Art Center’s exhibit, Nā Māla: Layered Landscapes of Kona Coffee Heritage, currently on view at Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa, Hawaiʻi Island. This exhibition celebrates Kona coffee heritage through the exploration of natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes. From the generous and extensive māla of Kona’s mahiʻai, to the opportunities the ‘āina provided to Kona’s coffee families, featured artworks explore interconnected elements of nā māla which culminate to create and sustain growth and abundance in Kona today.

Mina Elison, Communication Director and Curator, and Maja Clark, Executive Director, (both former AHA Board Members) will also talk story about the unique fluidity of collections spaces at Donkey Mill and how the organization is adapting to COVID-19, including programs that have risen out of the pandemic’s shadow.

Maja Clark
A longtime Honolulu resident, Maja Clark has served as the Executive Director of the Donkey Mill Art Center since 2018 after three years at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art leading the Collection Information & Digital Assets (CIDA) team. A CIDA project close to home and heart was the IMLS-funded digitization of the Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Photography featuring historical images of Hawai`i. She previously held the position of Collections Manager at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design. Maja holds a BFA from The Cooper Union, School of Art; a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies and a Master’s in Library & Information Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Mina Elison 
Mina Elison was born and raised in Kailua on O‘ahu. With generational ties to South Kona on Hawai‘i, Mina resides in her family home in Ke’ei and currently serves as the Communications Director & Curator for the Donkey Mill Art Center, located in the ahupuaʻa of Keauhou on Hawaiʻi Island. She previously held the position of Museum Curator at the Kona Historical Society and through her work as a curator, aims to create exhibitions and programs which amplify stories of the community. Mina has B.A. in Anthropology and French from the University of San Diego and earned an M.A. in Museum Studies from New York University in 2008. She served on the Board of the Association of Hawai‘i Archivists from 2018 to 2020 and has worked to create programs connecting communities with collections on Maui, O‘ahu, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i.  

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