According to a 2016 survey, 85% of local residents believe that “art and culture are important to quality of life in Salina.”
Both new and longtime local arts supporters can demonstrate their commitment to the arts by donating to the endowment funds of Salina Arts & Humanities or the Smoky Hill River Festival, during Match Madness on Thursday, March 15 at the Salina Fieldhouse, 140 N. Fifth Street in downtown Salina. Match Madness runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on-site, or online from 12 a.m. midnight to 11:59 p.m.
Match Madness is an annual event hosted by the Greater Salina Community Foundation during which donors can get gifts to local charities matched at up to 50%, for up to $2,000 per donor, per organization. For gifts made to the Salina Arts & Humanities Foundation Fund or the Smoky Hill River Festival Legacy Fund, a 100% match will be provided by the SA&H Foundation, on top of the GSCF match, up to $3,000 total in additional funding.
Every donation counts, whether people give a little or a lot, says SA&H Director Brad Anderson. “Each gift to our endowment funds truly does make a difference, especially right now. The Festival Legacy Fund provides resources to help keep the River Festival affordable and accessible. The SA&H Foundation Fund brings in private support to ensure that the arts remain vibrant for generations to come.”
Alongside the River Festival and SA&HF endowment funds, donations to the Friends of the Smoky Hill Museum Endowment Fund will help secure the Museum’s future. Anderson and Museum Director Susan Hawksworth say that increased visibility for the agency’s three endowment funds will remind those who appreciate the arts and humanities to demonstrate that by giving.
“You don’t have to wait to buy a River Festival admission button or provide an event sponsorship to show your support,” says Anderson. “Long-term vision and how you value the arts can be demonstrated any day of the year.” For more details on how to support the arts during Match Madness on Thursday, March 15, contact Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 or the Smoky Hill Museum at 785-309-5776.
For needed accommodations, please call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.
Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966. The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and the Friday Night Live performance series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.