The Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, educational organization, founded in 1974. Its mission is to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai'i's people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts.
VAC is centered at Kilauea, home to Pele, the fiery Hawaiian goddess of the volcano. This dynamic, powerful environment, where new land is being formed every day, has inspired the Hawaiian people and their crafts, songs, dances, and legends for centuries. Today, this area continues to draw artists, performers, writers, scientists, and educators.
Exhibits, demonstrations, and events take place at the Gallery, featuring artwork by over 300 artists inspired by this awesome locale. Housed in the historic 1877 Volcano House Hotel adjacent to the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park visitors center, the VAC Gallery is operated under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service.
VAC programs include the award-winning Na Mea Hawai'i Hula Kahiko performance series at the pa hula, Hawaiian music and dance concerts, and Hawaiian classes and workshops, such as hula and Hawaiian language.
In addition, VAC presents a variety of special events and performances all year long; customized group programs focusing on Hawai'i's rich natural and cultural heritages; and classes and workshops in everything from fine arts and writing to music and dance.