Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Kansas Needs More Support for Arts

DECEMBER 2010

YEAR-ROUND ADVOCACY NEEDED IN SUPPORT OF THE ARTS IN KANSAS

Funding for Kansas arts organizations, arts programs and arts education is being drastically diminished.

Now is the time for everyone who care about the arts to become active and voice their support for the arts. Together, all of us must advocate for increased support of the arts in our state in the coming year!Take action now!

ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, ARTS SUPPORTERS AND ARTS EDUCATORS

As we approach the new legislative session, tell legislators and the new administration how important the Kansas Arts Commission is to you and your organization.

Perhaps you or your organization has received grants from the Kansas Arts Commission. Perhaps you've been honored with an award or fellowship. Perhaps you've attended workshops or meetings or have had a staff member visit with you or your board -- and you've found them helpful and informative. Legislators want to know that!

Send a letter telling your state representative, state senator and the new governor about the value the Kansas Arts Commission brings. Write your own or use ideas from the example provided.

KANSAS CITIZENS FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE COORDINATOR

Kansas Citizens for the Arts has named Sarah Carkhuff Fizell, Topeka, as its new executive coordinator. As a public relations and government affairs consultant, Sarah works with a variety of clients on behalf of Strategic Communications of Kansas.

“I am pleased to be working with Kansas Citizens for the Arts and look forward to broadening their membership and advocacy activities across Kansas,” said Fizell.

“We feel so fortunate to have Sarah working with us as she brings a wide variety of governmental, public relations, as well as administrative experiences to this new position with the Citizens,” stated Ann Evans, co-chair of Kansas Citizens for the Arts.

Her Kansas Citizens for the Arts responsibilities include building membership of individuals and organizations, developing statewide community outreach and networking, working to develop a unified legislative agenda in conjunction with the Kansas Arts Commission and organizing advocacy efforts. She will coordinate the annual

Arts Day at the Capitol, work with the board of directors, as well as manage the operations of the organization.

To contact Sarah, email her at kca@kansasarts.org.

KCA TO HOST ARTS ADVOCACY WORKSHOP

The Kansas Citizens for the Arts invites arts organizations leaders — staff and board members — arts audiences, arts educators — and everyone who cares about the arts in Kansas — to attend its free arts advocacy workshop:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm
Leawood Branch Library
4700 Town Center Drive (Leawood)
A light meal and drinks will be provided.

This workshop, led by KCA Executive Coordinator Sarah Carkhuff Fizell, will help you become an expert in developing a message for local arts advocacy. To RSVP, send an email to
directorartsjoco@sbcglobal.net or call 913-894-2720.

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