FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council is again partnering with the Fund for the Arts in Louisville to provide dollar-for-dollar matching funds to nonprofit arts projects across the state through the online crowdfunding tool power2give.org.

The arts council has made $100,000 available for fiscal year 2014 toward qualifying projects posted on the website. Projects must be sponsored by organizations in the Kentucky Arts Partners (KAP) program. The arts council will match funds for projects up to $10,000.

In fiscal year 2013, the state arts agency provided $100,000 in matching funds for 64 KAP organization projects in Covington, Lexington, Louisville, Henderson, Bowling Green, Paducah and other Kentucky communities through power2give.

"The funds we provide ensure the continued delivery of arts and cultural programming across the Commonwealth," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Our Kentucky Arts Partner organizations have been able to leverage this funding to provide greater access to the arts for the people in their communities."

Because the arts council matches funding from other donors, the total impact of the agency’s contributions more than doubled. In the last fiscal year, 630 gifts totaling more than $160,000 were made by individuals to projects that were matched by arts council dollars.

Individual donors can support a variety of projects proposed by Kentucky arts organizations. Last year, projects included providing students the opportunity to see live Shakespeare performances, and hosting a concert series involving a piano that has been turned into a piece of fine art by acclaimed artist Wendell Castle. The projects collectively provided 156,530 arts experiences to Kentucky residents.

"From workshops to arts education initiatives, technical support and providing summer arts camp scholarships for children, our KAP organizations maximized every dollar they received to enrich the lives of the people of Kentucky," said Meadows.

Power2give.org started as an initiative of the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, N.C. It is hosted in Kentucky by Fund for the Arts in Louisville. Kentucky is the second state to utilize the fundraising tool. The arts council is the first state arts agency in the country to participate in the online fundraising tool.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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