Topeka Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday appointed six members to the Kansas Arts Commission, which he de-funded by veto, and repeated his vow to help raise private dollars to support the arts.
“I am committed to the success of arts in our state,” Brownback said. Earlier this month, Brownback announced he would contribute $30,153 left over from his inaugural committee to the Kansas Arts Foundation, which he formed to raise funds.
In May, Brownback vetoed $689,000 in funding for the Arts Commission, making Kansas the first state in the nation to eliminate state funding of a state arts board. Supporters of the commission said the veto would cost the state $1.2 million in federal matching arts funds.
Despite the veto, the commission still exists in statute as a board.
The appointments, plus Brownback’s earlier pick of Linda Weis as chairwoman of the commission, gives the governor’s appointees a majority on the 12-member board.
Appointed on Friday:
• Christopher Burger, a partner in the law firm of Stevens & Brand in Lawrence
• Kathy Herzog, a health care administrator and business owner from Wichita
• Sandra Hartley, an attorney from Concordia
• Ronda Rodman, who has worked in the floral, landscape and animal agriculture industry and is the wife of Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman
• Cynda Wright of Hutchinson, who has a wide variety of leadership experience in not-for-profit groups
• David Lindstrom of Overland Park. He currently serves on the Johnson County Commission, is a former Kansas City Chief and was a franchisee of four Burger Kings in the Kansas City area.