|What We Do|
As a 501(c)(3) educational organization, Volcano Art Center relies on the support of members, community organizations, volunteers, visitors, customers, donors and patrons to continue serving our island's established and emerging artists.
Volcano Art Center (VAC) was founded in 1974 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HVNP), and we are very appreciative of the National Park Service's long-standing commitment to community artists and our mission to develop and perpetuate the arts. In the Park, Volcano Art Center Gallery represents over 340 island artists and provides them with a unique venue for showcasing their hand crafted art works inspired by the Kilauea region. Catering to the visitor industry, VAC Gallery is open daily from 9-5, and closed only on Christmas Day. VAC also coordinates regular, ongoing cultural events in the Park, including the award-winning Na Mea Hawai`i hula kahiko performances held at the pa hula, as part of our Hula Arts at Kilauea program. Other in-park programs include Art in the Park, Aloha Fridays, Fireside Stories and at least six artist exhibitions annually.
Over the years, VAC has expanded our reach and opened administrative and educational facilities in Volcano Village. This has allowed us to create additional opportunties for us to meet our mission and develop and perpetuate the arts, as well as serve as caretakers of the land we lease in the Village, including the always-nurturing Niaulani Rain Forest. This old growth forest is a source of inspiration and revitalization for employees, board members, residents and visitors alike. We are blessed to care for this special place. In 2010, Hale Ho`omana opened, providing classroom and multipurpose spaces for arts instruction, environmental education and cultural and community activities. In 2012, we opened a sister gallery, Rainforest Gallery, at Niaulani to provide additional space for exhibitions and art promotion and sales. Also in 2012, we've launched new projects and programs: Art Rangers in HVNP, Hawaii Island Network of Artists (HINA), Art VanGo, and still held on to long-time favorites like Camp Likolehua, Guided Rain Forest Tours and the Volcano Rain Forest Education and Reforestation Program.
Each year we hold several events to reach out to long-term and new supporters: