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Holiday spirit was alive Tuesday evening, as business and community leaders from across the Commonwealth and Southern Indiana joined together in the spirit of giving at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft during their Holidazzle exhibit.

Fund for the Arts board member DeVone Holt and NAWBO President Lesa Seibert welcomed guests to the museum and shared the latest in greatest from the Fund for the Arts, power2give.org. A fundraising and marketing tool which provides donors the opportunity to contribute to specific arts projects that they are passionate about.

Wes Lites of Jefferson Community Technical College got a quick tutorial on how to use a Mac while perusing the power2give site and the five projects that went live on launch for JCTC.     Amber Sexton and Julie Schweitzer, Arts Council of Southern Indiana, talked strategy for pushing her donors to this new web-based platform.  And  Aldy Miliken, the newly appointed director of Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, brainstormed a new power2give project on the spot after hearing the 60 sixty second power2give pitch.

Shawn Hennessey of Squallis Puppeteers talked about how so many people in the community are aware of one aspect of Squallis, but they don’t get to see the whole picture. Shawn sees his power2give projects as a way to shed light on the many facets of his organization.

West Louisville Performing Arts Academy Choristers treated guests to some lovely holiday caroling. Amongst those in attendance were Lori Meadows, President of the Kentucky Arts Council and Michael Sadofsky, Chief Marketing Officer of Republic Bank and Fund for the Arts Board Chair Dave Calzi.  Republic Bank and The Kentucky Arts Council have generously provided matching funds to power2give.org. Guests had the opportunity to get a live view of the some 70 plus projects posted on the site and watch as the action unfolded and gifts came in. It truly is together through the arts that we create a great American city!

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