About the workshop

Donkey Mill Art Center is proud to announce the third annual Kipaipai: To Encourage and Inspire, a professional development workshop for artists. This special program in beautiful Holualoa, Hawaii will focus on professional practices in areas of gallery representation and museum exhibitions, self-promotion, use of social media in promotion, the importance of relevant critical writing, presentation, and identifying and strategizing personal/professional goals.

The workshop will run Monday through Friday July 23 to 27, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm daily, with local fare provided for daily lunches, and optional morning and evening activities.Twelve applicants will be accepted through a blind jury process for this intensive personalized experience.

This special workshop will focus on professional practices in areas of gallery representation and museum exhibitions, self-promotion, use of social media in promotion, the importance of relevant critical writing, presentation and identifying and strategizing personal/professional goals.  Through private one-on-one sessions and group meetings, students will have the rare opportunity to meet with a team of guest professionals including:

  • Art Fair Organizer Ray Beldner
  • Art Historian Dr. Betty Brown
  • Museum Curator Andi Campognone
  • Life Coach Diane Costigan
  • Artist Alex Couwenberg
  • PR Specialist Aria Corinne Gannon
  • Nonprofit Art Center Executive Director Caroline Killhour
  • Gallerist Walter Maciel
  • Storytelling Coach Mike O’Connor

This year's Kipaipai participants will have an opportunity to be chosen for inclusion in stARTup Art Fairs in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Last year’s students were thrilled with the impact of the experience, "I feel very empowered to move forward with my art career. I came away from Kipaipai with a plan of specific actions to take, connections to people who can help with areas that I'm less knowledgeable about, valuable input about how my work comes across in photographs and in person, and the confidence to move forward. I literally felt high after the workshop ended - so many new ideas, connections, opportunities! It is a once in a lifetime experience and one that I am incredibly grateful for. "To educate and inspire" - you guys nailed it.”

Donkey Mill Art Center is the home of Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art education organization. Its mission is to provide a stimulating environment that helps individuals discover, develop and expand their artistic abilities. For more information, visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org or call (808) 322-3362.

How to apply

Entry Deadline: 5/11/18

Notification: 5/23/18

12 participants will be selected by our Jury.  Accepted artists must pay their tuition of $850 in advance in order to hold their place.  Artists are responsible for their own travel and housing expenses, housing recommendations will be made during the acceptance process.