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    It was 8a.m. June 26th, Friday morning, and the Fund for the Arts with Angie Fenton were already out and about the Kentuckiana area for the #ArtIs: In Your Hands initiative, spreading the arts, thanking the community, and collecting donations. From 8a.m. to 8p.m., Fund for the Arts brought various interviews, sneak peeks, and behind the scene shots to viewers everywhere through the use of social media. They were constantly sending updates, uploading pictures and videos, and live streaming footage on Periscope, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook from their @Fundforthearts account.

    They started off the day by interviewing Teddy Abrams, Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, at Please and Thank You to taking a special look at the Paul Owen Production Studio for Actor’s Theater, and then catching a glimpse of what some kids were doing at the StageOne Family Theatre at Lincoln Elementary.

    Another stop on their tour was the Republic Bank’s Corporate Center. The CEO and Chairman of Republic Bank, Steve Trager, spoke with Fenton and explained the great relationship they had with the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC). Trager explained that KMAC had asked the Republic Bank if they could install a part of their Food Shelter Clothing Exhibition in the bank’s lobby, and the bank had agreed. Currently, they have the “Grain Pit” installation on display, and it is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9a.m. to 4p.m. until September 6th.

    Before ending their night at Theater 502 at the Kentucky Center and at KY Shakespeare with Kosair Charities, the Fund for the Arts made a few more stops. They had crossed the bridge to New Albany, IN to visit the Carnegie Center for Art & History and to see some public art installations, based on the theme of sustainability. Some of these installations can be found at 201 East Spring Street, at the corner of 3rd and Market Street, and at 33 State Street.

    They also checked out the Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center, where two summer art initiatives are taking place: “School’s Out, Art’s In” and “Studio 2000.” Both programs are partnered with art organizations in Louisville, including the Louisville Visual Art Association. Their aim is to give students the opportunity to work with art on outdoor beautification projects ("School’s Out, Art’s In") or to study and practice their skill in the studio with professional artists ("Studio 2000").

    The use of Periscope allowed the Fund for the Arts to reach a much larger audience as well as to give people the opportunity to see art from their own community and at their own convenience. The overall use of social media was a very effective and creative way to bring the arts back into the hands of the community. To learn more about the Fund for the Arts and how to donate, visit their site.


    Photo Courtesy of Fund for the Arts’ Facebook Page

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    I studied Art at UofL and now physical therapy at Bellarmine University. I love art, sports, and good food. I'm always looking for something new to try and new concepts to photograph!

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