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The whole concept of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries is wrong. The arts are not and should not be considered an industrial type activity. It is worth supporting only for it's ideals, that it attempts to make life worth living by self expression. Lord knows this state needs to support the arts purely for that reason alone. But the folks at ALEC don't want Kansans to get their ideas from anybody but Fox News. They don't want us to be educated, unless it's by a religious private school, and they certainly don't want us to express ourselves in a creative way unless it appeals to the lowest common denominator. Wake up Kansas! We are being hoodwinked!
Arts is great as an ideal, but it's also big business. People love to visit and live in cities with lots of pubic art, concerts, and theater performances. Artists are small business owners and should be supported and encouraged as such with both public and private dollars - just as we do for other small businesses. Let's put this notion to bed that the only good artists are starving artists existing on only their pure aesthetic ideals.
The Kansas Creative Arts Industries goes wrong where it dismantled a perfectly good and perfectly grant-getting Kansas Arts Commission because our bull-headed governor vetoed all the funding.
Good to see that the "stop taking my 25 cent for the arts" folks are posting, as usual. The arts are about more than jobs - the arts make communities vibrant, livable places that people choose to move to. The arts also teach 21st century work force skills.
So yeah, do all that, but don't make consumer1 or IKU57 pay for it. They sure need that quarter.
Facts wouldn't change your opinion either.
The I-70 corridor from Kansas City to Manhattan has a strong and supportive arts culture that has a significant local economic impact. We are fortunate in that regard and should support the arts even more with our attendance and our donations. It would be good to see the rest of the state follow our lead, and there are a few communities that do. Unfortunately, the elected leadership of Kansas - unlike virtually any other state in the country - is actively anti-arts and is unwillingly to leverage private initiatives with public funding. This approach decreases the economic impact of the arts "industry" and employment in Kansas and is a lose-lose for the state and local communities everywhere. The quality of life in our state is greatly diminished, and the opportunity for sustainable economic growth is squandered.
Do you expect businesses to build themselves in a new location without the city putting water lines in and roads? Do you accept local initiatives for small business development, including tax incentives, loans, and grants? If you accept the role of government in supporting the development of new businesses and creating a favorable business climate, it's not a giant leap to accept that some of that business may be art.
You're not bailing them out any more than you're bailing out business majors when you agree to a tax incentive for a new Olive Garden.
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