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3/6/2019 - Support Salina Arts & Humanities and the River Festival During Match Madness on March 21

Both new and longtime local arts supporters can show their commitment to the arts by taking part in Match Madness on March 21. Arts supporters can donate to the endowment funds of Salina Arts & Humanities or the Smoky Hill River Festival on Thursday, March 21 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. 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 up to 50%, 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, providing up to $4,000 total in additional funding.

Every donation counts, says SA&H Director Brad Anderson. "Building endowment funds ensures the future success of Salina's cultural life. The Festival Legacy Fund will help keep the River Festival affordable and accessible for generations to come."

Alongside the River Festival and SAHF 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 show that by giving.

"Contributions of any amount are important," says Anderson. "Every gift continues to grow annually, increasing the impact over the years. A strong endowment is one of the most important resources the agency will rely on in the future."

For more details on how to support the arts during Match Madness on Thursday, March 21, 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.