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Kansas Arts advocates planning event to demand return of arts funding

August 29, 2011


— Kansas Citizens for the Arts plans to have a Statehouse news conference to demand that legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback reinstate state funding for the arts next year.

Tuesday's event will include comments from Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis, a Lawrence Democrat.

The Republican governor pushed this year to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission and have arts programs rely more on private funding. Legislators rejected the idea, but Brownback vetoed the $689,000 lawmakers set aside for the Arts Commission and its authority to retain its small staff.

Those moves didn't eliminate the commission, and Brownback has replaced seven of its 12 members.

The decision led the federal government and a regional arts alliance to deny Kansas funding, a loss of about $1.3 million.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 6 years, 9 months ago

Good art stands on its own merits, junk art is funded by the taxpayer.

question4u 6 years, 9 months ago


Michelangelo's "David"? Paid for by Florence's City Hall and therefore junk.

Rodin's "Burghers of Calais"? Paid for by the taxpayers of Calais and therefore junk.

Picasso's "Guernica"? Paid for by the Spanish Republic and therefore junk.

Gauguin's Tahitian paintings of 1891-93? Paid for by a grant from the French Ministry of Education and therefore junk.

Pollock's "Guardian's of the Secret"? Paid for by the Federal Art Project and therefore junk.

The list goes on, encompassing hundreds of thousands of the world's most celebrated artists and works of art – and that's just visual art.

But why bother with facts when platitudes will do?

somedude20 6 years, 9 months ago

Like "God" standing on its own merits and not needing to be promoted or funded by the Govt?

ivalueamerica 6 years, 9 months ago

Art has contributed so much more to society and humanity than you and your ilk ever could.

thatonedude 6 years, 9 months ago

"The arts and croissants crowd'. Like students who benefited from school/after-school programs supported by the KAC? When will you Tea Party types get over the fact that not everyone who cares about the arts is a Greenwich Village beatnik?

vuduchyld 6 years, 9 months ago

Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's where Kansas used to be Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's our new theocracy!

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