Fusion Arts Alliance exists to build a community that supports and advances the arts,
and celebrates cultural diversity by empowering local artists with opportunities to grow creatively and professionally.
Fusion Arts Alliance (FAA), is an independent cooperative of artists, by artists, for artists,
incorporated as a Non-profit, tax- exempt operation under Indiana Law and Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c)3.
FAA is organized and operated for educational and charitable purposes for the benefit
of our respective communities and for its empowered members in Grant County, Indiana.
Our Cultural Cornerstones
These are the core values we live by . . . fundamental to the our organization’s identity and culture,
they serve as cornerstones in making informed decisions on which we build the future of Fusion Arts Alliance.
The pursuit of continuous improvement, exploration, discovery and creative breakthroughs challenging current thinking,
developing new ideas, and always embracing a culture of innovation.
The pursuit of successful collaboration creatively, producing better results, quality designs and solutions for the community.
We will utilize synergy to create positive outcomes, working together with local government, different institutions,
non-profit organizations,neighborhood associations and artists to maximize efficiency and productivity.
The pursuit of artistic excellence in design, teaching, learning, and research to serve the community,
producing high quality outputs while adhering to moral and ethical principles at all times.
The pursuit of freedom of expression, creativity, developing talents, utilizing necessary tools
and training in achieving strength, stability, resilience, self-reliance and independence.
The pursuit of an inclusive and collaborative creative community with diverse experiences and perspectives,
committed to create an atmosphere of trust towards a common goal and aspiration.
A Unity of Purpose
Fusion Arts Alliance believes that arts and culture plays a key role in enhancing the image of the City of Marion,
it profoundly affects its ability not only to survive over time but to thrive. It enhances community development, spur community renewal and fosters better understanding
in bridging divisions in our society. Fusion Arts Alliance believes that arts and culture educate, enlighten and broaden our perspectives adding joy and meaning to our individual and collective
lives thereby improving quality of lives and well-being. Fusion Arts Alliance believes that arts and culture is a unifying touchstone that provides our sense of purpose and
a strong foundation upon which the future of our communities’ rests.
Community Art Engagement
Provide various relevant programs, performances, and events to promote engagement in the arts and initiate cultural, social and economic development.
Collaboration and Partnerships
Collaborate with different stakeholders, businesses and non-profit organizations through networking of art, ideas, resources, programs and events sponsorships to create oppotunities for artists, business owners and the community.
Educate FAA members and the community about the value of the arts at the same time, build art awareness and appreciation through workshops, demonstrations, advocacy and other means.
Enrich quality of life and enhance well-being through arts and culture, in support to the City of Marion Arts Commission's
commitment to Public Art, placemaking and creating quality public spaces that add joy and meaning to our individual and collective lives.
Leverage the arts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusive initiatives, creating platform for community and cohesiveness
Market artworks of FAA members, create branding strategies, assistance in grant applications, career advancement planning, exhibition management, and outreach development to the community.
Photo Credit: Glen E. Devitt | FAA Artist Member
ARE YOU ONE OF US?
"The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling."
Fusion Arts Alliance membership offers valuable opportunities for artists, art organizations,
businesses, non-profit organizations and art supporters in making meaningful connections and create memorable community art engagement.
We inspire communities, empower local artists and advocate for the arts for a worthwhile change within the creative ecosystem of Grant County.
Imagine the power of artists collaborating with the wider community to create a new sense of possibility, and a new way of seeing outside of the ordinary.
FUSION ARTS ALLIANCE
INSPIRE | EMPOWER | ADVOCATE
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Featured Artist of the Month | MARCH
Lila Chenal Milford
FINE ART - PAINTING
Lila Milford studied art at the undergraduate level at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana before attending graduate school in Florence, Italy for a year where she majored in drawing and oil painting. After moving to Marion, Indiana,
Lila continued her education at Ball State University under Dr. Alice Nichols. She also attended various classes at the Fort Wayne Art School under the auspices of the Grant County Art Association. Among many other interests, particularly in the art world, Lila also travels extensively. She did a series of pencil sketches on Africa following a trip to Tanzania.
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Featured Artist of the Month | February
Jessica L. Baisden
FINE ART | FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER
"I am both a film and digital photographer concentrating on portraiture and surreal imagery. My work is heavily influenced by abstraction and raw emotion.
As a photographer, I can manipulate an image to draw far away from reality or recreate a moment or feeling using photographic surrealism.
As an artist, feeling a personal connection with my work is of utmost importance. I am currently working on a personal series about my struggle with an
8 year addiction to heroine and methamphetamines in hopes of it being viewed by other recovering or current addicts.
The prints shown in these two split series were photographed with a 4x5 camera and developed in the darkroom."
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Featured Artist of the Month | January
Glen E. Devitt
Glen is a freelance photographer with a unique personal style. He is currently one of our active members for Fusion Arts Alliance. His works are simply breathtaking and truly inspiring.
He is so passionate about his photography and captures different subjects from landscapes to portraits and even local events here in the City of Marion and in Grant County as a whole.
Programs & Events
These are some of the programs we are planning to execute, depending on the support Fusion Arts Alliance could generate. These are the result of our strategic planning sessions,
countless meetings and brainstorming ideas. As we start a new decade, Fusion Arts Alliance hopes to generate much needed community support and engagement to make "The City of Marion" and Grant County
a better place for all of us. Any business owners or non-profit organizations who are interested to sponsor or co-sponsor some of our programs or events . . . drop us a line, give us a heads up or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on our facebook account.
3rd Fridays at The Kingdom
Fusion Arts Alliance Artists’ Mixer – is an immersive experience for FAA members, art supporters and the creative community who would like to unwind, share meaningful conversations and
chill out. Taking place the third Friday of each month all year long. 3rd Fridays at the Kingdom will officially start on February 21, 2020 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - features arts, live music, jam sessions, art exhibit, artist talk, acoustic sessions, book launchings,
photography, painting sessions, table talks, performances, karaoke, spoken poetry,poetry reading, dining, cocktails, drinks, games, merchandise, and much more.
Collide at the Courtyard
An artist-led showcase of contemporary and experimental performance and visual arts born from a belief in the power of art to unite and strengthen our own neighborhoods and communities.
FUSION ARTS ALLIANCE created a platform for creativity and collaboration among a diverse group of artists, performers and audiences where art, culture and community collide and share good times together.
Also, FAA wants to discover new talents, young and old and give them a stage to perform to build their confidence and help with musical recording as well. We’ll have live music, dance, performance art, installations, participatory visual art, food, coffee at the Courtyard of the City of Marion
on Monday nights from May - July 2020.
"After The Rain" | A collection of poems
Giving a platform for local poets and writers who never had a chance to have their works published. Fusion Arts Alliance will
launch “The Grant County Poets Society Project” and publish a book of 100 poems by Grant County residents, chosen by a juried panel to be published every year on the 2nd Friday of
December before Christmas. As Robert Frost once said about poetry, “it is a way of remembering that which it would impoverish us to forget.” Art awakens, enlarges, refines, and
restores our humanity."
≅ CONGRUENCE ≅ ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL AT THE GARDENS OF MATTER PARK
Congruence (symbol: ≅) is the state achieved by coming together, the state of agreement.
The Latin congruō meaning “I meet together, I agree”. Congruence Art and Music Festival at the Gardens of MATTER Park, Marion, IN.
Fusion Arts Alliance is working on the details and we will keep you posted once we have the final updates.
ART InFUSION 92
This will be one of FAA's major events. An open art competition to artists residing in all 92 counties in the State of Indiana.
There will 2 Categories: Representational Category and Non-representational Category. We want this to be our signature project that would build FAA's image and reputation in the State of Indiana.
The artworks would be at least 4 ft' by 4 ft'. We are looking for sponsors for this project and we want to offer bigger monetary awards for the winners.
Immersion 2020 Sunrise | Sunset
This project is our avenue to give Christian artists opportunity to sing praises and give thanks to the Lord on a larger stage.
Our theme would be “Rise-Up Grant County” - this would be a 24 hour Worship Celebration through songs from sunrise to sunset by the different worship teams of churches in Grant County.
We will choose | invite 12 Worship teams among the different churches and give them 2 hours each to perform. Pastors segways their performance and share the blessings and offerings as well.
There would be food vendors and booths and we're targeting Ballard Field for this event. Interested worhip teams could e-mail FAA at email@example.com.
On Solid Ground
Is Fusion Arts Alliance’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Partnering Program with businesses and other organizations.
“On Solid Ground” provides a new initiative and platform for companies to give back to the community - for art is essential to the development of a vibrant and diverse community
in which the best employees want to live, work, shop, create and contribute. We need a solid ground to develop and build our communities together and create initiatives in bridging
the gap between the community art engagement and your company’s business goals.
The social impact statement of your company “supporting the arts” can boost employee’s morale, enhance connectivity, and help forge a stronger bond between employees and the community
through volunteerism, event co-sponsorships, donations, charitable giving, community art engagement, sharing of resources and developing talents.
ART-REACH Internship Program
Our goal is to increase educational outreach for both HS and College students in Grant County, this is FAA's internship program
that provide students a real world environment to experience and learn about running a non-profit organization. We offer programs that would allow them to build up ther skills and knowledge base
and prepare them to become better leaders in their own chosen career of endeavor. We would like to reach out to IWU, Taylor University, Ivy Tech Colleges, Marion HS and all other HS in Grant County
to connect with us and join our ART-REACH Internship Program. E-mail us at FAA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are intereted.
BRIDGE Employee Volunteer Program
A bridge is something that connects a gap . . . Fusion Arts Alliance would like to bridge the gap between different organization's community engagement initiatives
and becoming a good corporate citizen. FAA provides an employee-driven volunteer program that brings strategic value to your respective companies. FAA provides employees a venue for community engagement,
opportunities for training and learning, help build stronger communities by addressing social issues, boosts your companies' image and your employee's loyalty through the transformative power of the arts.
Interested organizations can email us at email@example.com about our BRIDGE Employee Volunteer Program.
Artist Empowerment Programs
This may include the following: Art Exhibitions: Artist Solo Exhibit, Group Shows, Pop-Up gallery, Annual FAA Exhibit.
Fusion Arts Alliance will guide our local artists from conceptualizig an artshow to curating it, we will sponsor them to be successful, provide venues for exhibits, assist in promotions, sales and marketing
their works. Also we have our Artist of the Month Program, Know Your Local Artist Program, Grant Writing Assistance, Art Career Development Assistance Program, Workshops and Trainings, Team building activities, and
ARTICULATE - is our Artist Talk Program, giving artist an opportunity to talk about the process of creation done usually during solo exhibits.
Fusion Arts Alliance Annual Members Exhibit
This is an exclusive members only exhibit featuring our very own local, home grown artists from all over Grant County. This is our way of making a
statement that we care and nurture our local artists at all stages of their careers and to empower them personally and showcase their works for our community to embrace. We will ask different
institutions or companies who would be willing to provide venues or walls to hang artworks for this event.
A FRAME OF MIND (The Business Side of Art)
As part of our Education | Advocacy initiatives . . . Fusion Arts Alliance is building its curriculum for artists struggling to understand the business side of art.
We will give artists a paradigm shift and change their "Frame of Mind" for the better and teach them how to market and sell their works utilizing sound business principles.
The FAA Permanent Art Collection Project
As Fusion Arts Alliance builds its financial resource capabilities, we would like to start building our Permanent Art Collection as well - so we could
buy artworks from our artists' members in support of their own careers. Once we have a place we could call our own - we could showcase these artworks in our own permanent gallery,
especially that we are starting a new decade.
Fusion Arts Alliance Annual "North Star Award" Ceremony
The North Star is the brightest star in the constellation . . . the only star in the sky that never moves.
It is constant, unwavering. A guide in this ever-changing world. The North Star Award is our way of acknowledging and recognizing individuals, companies, non-profit organizations
who have exceptionally supported and contributed to FAA the previous year. Whether the contributions were monetary, in-kind services, product, expertise or time
the North Star Award is for individual donors, supporters, benefactors, companies, non-profit organizations or FAA Artist Members - letting them know how much FAA appreciate their support and contributions. This event will be hosted on the 3rd or 4th week of January each year.
FUSION ARTS ALLIANCE
INSPIRE | EMPOWER | ADVOCATE
Inspiring our communities
Empowering local artists
Advocating for the arts
BECOME A SUSTAINING PARTNER TODAY!
One of our flagship programs is called "On Solid Ground" - this is Fusion Arts Alliance’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Partnering Program with businesses and other non-profit organizations.
"On Solid Ground" provides a new initiative and platform for companies
and organizations to give back to the community - for art is essential to the development of a vibrant and diverse community in which the best employees want to live, work, shop, create and contribute.
Fusion Arts Alliance empowers your employees to bridge the gap between community art engagement and your company’s business goals.
IMAGINE THE Possibilities
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
Is committed to providing access to programs, trainings and resources for all its members, artists and supporters. We adhere to the highest level of integrity in giving fair and unbiased treatment of all individuals without regard to race, color, gender, age, nationality,
religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other basis.
Greg Fiebig Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela Schlechty Deputy Director email@example.com
Jessica Baisden Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanda Williams Treasurer email@example.com
Don Artamas Director of Program Development firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Drown Director of Operations | Director of Advocacy email@example.com
Caas Carby Director of Marketing firstname.lastname@example.org
Deb Geyer Director of Development email@example.com
Lisa Todd Director of Community Development firstname.lastname@example.org
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Frequently Asked Questions
Fusion Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization of artists by artists and for artists.
We inspire communities, empower local artists and advocate for the arts. We function as a co-op to promote arts and culture
in the Grant County area and to advocate for a meaningful change in our cities through the transformative power of the arts.
A co-op exists to provide benefits specific to its members. In the case of Fusion Arts Alliance, members pay dues, vote and have equal say in decisions. Anyone can join, but only members can vote.
Members of the FAA also have the option to run for a board or committee position. We select our board through voting, and the board exists to serve the members of the art alliance.
No. Fusion Arts Alliance is for any artist or art supporter or benefactor. We also partner with businesses and other non-profit organizations who "support the arts" and believe in the critical role of the arts in community development.
Imagine the power of artists collaborating with the wider community to create a new sense of possibility, and a new way of seeing outside of the ordinary. This could be manifested in a range of artworks and artist's projects that will
contribute to shaping the city's visual identity and improve the quality of life for all residents, create opportunities for engagement, connectivity and community building.
Fusion Arts Alliance is funded primarily by member dues and we are earnestly seeking the
generous support of our business community and other non-profit organizations for financial
support and embrace our aspirations and vision for the City of Marion and Grant County as a whole.
Thank you for your interest in helping us continue to work with artists in Grant County.
We would also seek financial assistance from "The City of Marion Arts Commission" as they
seek grants and fund generation for Fusion Arts Alliance sustainability
and for our community art engagenment programs.
Currently, you can donate by mailing cash or check made out to “Fusion Arts Alliance”
Fusion Arts Alliance
811 Briarwood Lane
Marion, IN 46952
Hopefuly soon, we can set-up our on-line donations through our website.
Fusion Arts Alliance is incorporated as a Non-profit,
tax- exempt operation under Indiana Law and Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c)3,
and is organized and operated for educational and charitable purposes for the benefit
of our respective communities and for its empowered members in Grant County, Indiana.
Your generous donations and contributions are what allow us to carry out our mission to inspire, empower and advocate for the arts.
Through our gracious donors and business partners, we can support and showcase deserving artists' work, provide exceptional trainings and education
for our members and inspire a local culture of creative and innovative thinkers.
One of our main strategic directions and focus as a non-profit organization is resource development and sound financial management - so we do business right . . . right from the start!
Fusion Arts Alliance have the following designated fund allocations . . . this is where your generous donations will go.
This is the primary fund used for our core administrative and operational tasks.
Artist Empowerment Fund:
This fund is used to support our artist members for exhibition management, marketing, resource assistance, events, training and workshops.
Community Art Engagement Fund:
This fund is used mainly for various community art engagement projects and events and for research feasibility and sustainability initiatives.
Education | Art Advocacy Fund:
This is for educational materials, curriculum development, art advocacy campaigns that will be utilized by artists, volunteers and supporters.
Building Facility Fund:
FFA's dream of having our own modern facility that we could call our own home.
Marion Cultural Center Fund:
One of our visions to see here in our City is to have our own Marion Cultural Center where all artforms converge.
Public Art Fund:
We are committed to Public Art and we want to create iconic public sculptures, murals and build quality spaces through
effective placemaking for the communities we serve and for the next generation.
Your generous donations and contributions are what allow us to carry out our mission to inspire the community,
empower our local artists and advocate for the arts.
We envision a future where a vibrant art culture thrives, bringing communities together while
growing and sustaining a vital cultural hub for the arts globally.
We also would like to see having our own Marion Cultural Center (we could sell the naming rights) where all forms
of art converge from performing arts to visual arts.
Fusion Arts Alliance would like to have our own modern facility someday which would serve as our office at the same time offer artists maker spaces,
resource center, artisan shop, events center, internship programs for college and HS students, artists residency programs, artist repository
of artworks for FAA future Permanent Art Collection, our own gallery spaces for artshows and art contests and a coffee shop as well.
We envision the City of Marion chart a future for Public Art. We want to see our City Planners or City Officials
integrate Public Art and effective placemaking to create quality public spaces for better community engagement. We want to see
a steady period of artistic growth and infrastructure simply because "we deserve better."
As an artist, FAA provides many opportunities for you to make meaningful connections with other artists and benefactors.
We host events and exhibitions where you may choose to display your work locally to be seen by a broader audience.
We feature artists on our "Artist of the Month Program" on our website for a global exposure.
If you’re not an artist but love art, FAA is a great way to be involved in the community. As a member,
you’ll be kept up to date on upcoming local events and galleries.
Increased connection to other arts-minded individuals and organizations
Increased visibility of your work
Expand your personal network and open new doors for potential collaborations
Increased access to information and training
Increase earning potential
Discounts to FAA workshops
Shared maker's spaces
Free/discounted admission for FAA events
Opportunities to display and sell artwork
Technical/ Business Assistance
Grant Writing Assistance
Art Career Planning /Marketing
Meaningful Art Community Engagement
Member profile on FAA website
Featured Artist of the Month on our website
Participation in our FAA Annual Member Art Exhibit
Be Featured on our future publications
You can download our membership form on our site www.fusionaa.org or visit our Facebook page, which includes a link to our membership form.
One of our flagship programs is called "On Solid Ground" - this is Fusion Arts Alliance’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Partnering Program with businesses and other non-profit organizations. On Solid Ground provides a new initiative and platform for
companies and organizations to give back to the community - for art is essential to the development of a vibrant and diverse community in which the best employees
want to live, work, shop, create and contribute. We need a solid ground to develop and build our communities together and create initiatives for
employees in bridging the gap between community art engagement and your company’s business goals.
The social impact statement of your company “supporting the arts” can boost employee’s morale, enhance connectivity,
and help forge a stronger bond between employees and the community through volunteerism, event co-sponsorships,
financial donations, charitable giving, cross-functional training, community art engagement, sharing of resources and developing talents.
Increased visibility for branding, marketing, and recruitment efforts
Corporte discounts on sales of FAA member's artworks
FAA's website will promote your company's image as a business partner that supports the art 24/7/365 on a global stage.
FAA provides a venue for your employees to volunteer and engage with the creative ecosystem of the community.
Leveraging a partnership with Fusion Arts Alliance will help communicate your company’s marketing messages locally through community art engagement.
The transformative power of the arts will build your organizational's culture, fostering engagement, diversity, inclusion and creative growth among your
employees enhnacing employee's well-being, and quality of life.
The arts bridge talent development and creativity among employees and teams by cultivating creative and critical thinking skills in
addressing your organizational goals.
Partnering with the Fusion Arts Alliance allows your employees to gain better understanding of how culture and art creates an inclusive workforce.
Fusion Arts Alliance member’s artworks offer meaningful, enjoyable experiences and valuable benefits to your employees and their families.
Partnering with Fusion Arts Alliance fuels the local economy of Grant County and promote health, wellness and safety. It also creates
social cohesion and connectivity, and fosters civic engagement.
We promote six categories of art including, but not limited to:
Photography and contemporary forms of expression
Drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and calligraphy
Electronic media, film and technology
Theatre, opera, music, ballet and mime
Creative writing and poetry
Architecture, computer art, industrial, graphic, fashion and interior design
As a community, it is important to support local art because without your support -
artist's works would cease to make the impact it could make. When you support the local artist community,
you are supporting all of our respective creative freedom.
By showing your appreciation, and buying artworks from your local artists,
it somehow encourage their hearts to continue with their passion, spark further creativity and innovation within our commuities.
Being paid for their work gives artists a reason to continue creating,
at the same time stimulating the local economy of Grant County.
To put it simply, public art is art in public spaces. The term “public art” may conjure images of huge historic bronze statues,
iconic sculptures like the LOVE sculpture in Indianapolis or a modern metal sculpture in a park. Today, public art can take a wide
range of forms, sizes, and scales—and can be temporary or permanent. It often interprets the history of the place, its people, and
perhaps addresses a social or environmental issue. Public art can include murals, street art, sculpture, memorials, integrated architectural or
landscape architectural work, community art, digital new media, and even performances and festivals!
Public art instills meaning — a greater sense of identity and understanding of where we live, work, and visit, creating memorable experiences for all.
It humanizes the built environment, provides an intersection between past, present, and future, and will surely help The City of Marion build a new visual identity
and make our communities thrive better not only for us but for the next generations to come.
Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design,
placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its
Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people
and the places they share. With community-based participation at its center, an effective placemaking process capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration,
and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people's health, happiness, and well being.
"Don't let anything or anyone . . . kill your passion for the arts!"
"Life beats down and crushes the soul . . . and art reminds you that you have one!"
"Waiting is a common instrument of providential discipline for those to whom exceptional work has been appointed." After many months of planning and meetings, the stars aligned . . .
Fusion Arts Alliance was officially launched last January 24, 2020 at "The Garden House" of Matter Park. It was a lovely evening attended by the Board of Fusion Arts Alliance,
new members, The Chamber of Commerce and some supporters of the arts. Mayor Jess Alumbaugh installed the FAA Board to their respective office designations, inducted the new members, wished them well
and was really looking forward to the impact Fusion Arts Alliance will have for the City of Marion.
Marsha Vermillion and Keith Conner graced the occasion with lovely songs that warmed the hearts of everyone.
FUSION ARTS ALLIANCE
"3rd Fridays at THE KINGDOM"
111 N Boots St, Marion, IN 46952
Fusion Arts Alliance Artists’ Mixer – is an immersive experience for
FAA members, art enthusiasts, art supporters and the creative community who would like to unwind, share our passion for the arts,
have some meaningful conversations and chill out. Taking place the third Friday of each month all year long:
March 20, 2020 from 5:30PM - 8:30 PM. (Cancelled due to Corona Virus)
April 24, 2020 from 5:30PM - 8:30 PM.
May 22, 2020 from 5:30PM - 8:30 PM.
June 19, 2020 from 5:30PM - 8:30 PM.
Time flies when you're having fun or not! The choice is yours . . .
FUSION ARTS ALLIANCE
INSPIRE | EMPOWER | ADVOCATE
3rd Fridays at The Kingdom
March 20, 2020 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Cancelled due to Corona Virus)
111 N Boots St, Marion, IN 46952 | (765) 660-3478
Let us hear from you!
Need additional information or have a question or comment in mind? Please feel free to correspond with us at
email@example.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.