Arts Briefs: Dec. 9, 2011

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By The Staff

New program helps SCCT

earns facelift for its lobby

The Shelby County Community Theatre will get a refurbished lobby with the help of a new crowd-sourcing program to boost arts efforts.

SCCT is the first project on the new Fund for the Arts program on the crowd-sourcing Web site, www.power2give.org, and attained the goal for its “Facelift for our Lobby” project by raising $5,063 on the first day of the Web site’s launch.

Funding for the project came in part from a community fundraising gala held at the theater where donors watched their donations accumulate live on a large screen during the event. 

“We are thrilled to be the first project funded,” said SCCT board president Cheryl Van Stockum. “With the matching funds made available to us from Republic Bank, donors were eager to give.”

The project was sponsored by Republic Bank and Associates, who matched every dollar donated to the project, giving in total $2,531.50.

“We are so proud to be able to make a donation for the Fund for the Arts, through power2give,” Republic Bank CEO Steve Trager said a news release. “We are especially excited to know that every dollar we donate is going to be matched, dramatically increasing their impact. As one of Kentucky’s largest locally-owned community banks we are excited to give back through a charitable donation platform that is as innovative, and effective, as power2give.”

power2give accepts postings for projects from statewide 501(c)3 organizations with arts or cultural project funding needs.  There is no charge for these organizations to post on the site. Fund for the Arts is the oldest united arts fund in the country and has raised millions since its establishment in 1949.


Theater auditions

Auditions for Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of The Odd Couple – Female Version, by Neil Simon, will be at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Auditioners should be prepared to do cold readings from the script. Performance dates are Feb. 17-19 and 24-26. The play is directed by Sandy Cohrs. For more information, call 502-633-0222.


SCHS choir’s winter concert

The Shelby County High School choir will present a What Sweeter Music: A Winter Concert at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday. Preferred-seating tickets are on sale the week before in the youth services center for $10, and tickets at the door are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children 5-years-and-under are free. For more information, call 502-424-2282 or E-mail courtney.richardson@shelby.kyschools.us.