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What is “On the Ball?”

On the Ball is a FUNdraiser for the Salina Art Center Endowment. Each March, Salina Art Center invites artists to creatively transform a basketball into a work of art.

The embellished and altered basketballs, along with the name(s) of the artist(s) will be on display in the Education Wing throughout the month of March and at the Match Madness event at Salina Field House (Hosted by the Greater Salina Community Foundation). Anyone can vote on the artfully transformed balls by making a donation towards their favorite ball. Every dollar counts as a vote in this race to the final four. The top four money-making balls will be awarded cash prizes!

All transformed basketballs must be appropriate for public display. Any further questions can be directed to Misty Serene, mserene@salinaartcenter.org.

Why participate?

The goal of the Salina Art Center Endowment is to ensure a legacy of high quality arts education and programming at Salina Art Center. By growing the endowment, the Art Center has a sustainable budget to provide scholarships that reduce the financial barrier to high quality art experiences as well as secure salary for high quality teaching artists far into the future.

  • $30 in funds can provide a scholarship to a child for After School Studio (6 hours of instruction)

  • $125 in funds can provide a scholarship to an adult to participate in advanced artistic studies (4 hours instruction)

  • $200 in funds can provide a scholarship to a child for Spring Break Art Camp (20 hours of instruction)

How to Play:

  • Jan. 22-Feb. 28 - Get a ball for a $20 sponsor donation & have fun transforming it to a work of art! Balls can be picked up at Salina Art Center, Wed.-Sun. 11-5pm

  • March 1 by 5 p.m. - Transformed basketballs are due at the Art Center. (Only balls sponsored and picked up at the Art Center are eligible to participate.)

  • March 6-31 - Basketballs on display for voting

  • March 21, 7am-7pm - Balls on display at Salina Field House during “Match Madness” hosted by the Greater Salina Community Foundation.

  • April 2 - On the Ball Winners are announced

  • By April 6: All participants pick up their creations