Tuesday, March 8, 2011

ArtsKC Says Save the Kansas Arts Commission

From ArtsKC March 2011 newsletter:

Governor Sam Brownback issued an order to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission on February 7, 2011.  His reorganization plan proposes the Kansas Historical Society take over the Kansas Arts Commission's arts programs effective July 1, 2011 and that a private organization be formed.  The proposed budget for 2012 would allow $200,000 from the Kansas Historical Society for the transition to the new private organization.  If the Kansas Arts Commission is dissolved, this would eliminate:
  • $778,200 in direct funding from the NEA
  • $437,767 in indirect grants and services from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Kansas Arts Commission's regional partner
To read the Governor's press release, click here.

On Thursday, March 3, 2011 Senator Roger Reitz, Manhattan, presented a resolution in front of the Federal and State Affairs Committee.  To retain KAC, the resolution must pass the Senate.  Contact your legislators NOW to tell them to maintain the Kansas Arts Commission as a state agency and to keep funding at the current level.

For more information and to find out how you can help save the Kansas Arts Commission, visit  Kansas Citizens for the Arts and Kansas Arts Commission.

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