Letters to the Editor

Arts funding

September 29, 2011

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To the editor:

The editorial “Funding falters” (Sept. 25) focuses attention on problems associated with the governor’s new model of private funding for the Kansas Arts Foundation. One problem, however, goes unmentioned: The new foundation is now in direct competition with local art programs for the same sources of public support.

An example is our current effort to secure funding for a new building for Theatre Lawrence. Not only have we been denied access to state and federal funding (as well as national foundations that relied in the past on recommendations by the state arts commission); we find that a number of businesses and corporations that have supported Theatre Lawrence in the past are now reporting solicitation pressures from the new state arts foundation as a reason to deny local support. Local arts programs are now in competition with the state for a limited amount of funding. As things now stand, the arts in Kansas would likely be improved by the elimination of the new arts foundation.

Comments

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

The ARTS foundation may well be a RINO PAC. RINO's have become experts at creating PAC's under the guise of some "respectable sounding" organization or foundation name.

The Chamber of Commerce at all levels and the Nat'l Rifle Assoc and the American Enterprise Institute and Kansas Club for Growth are but a very few examples.

Some donors to the Kansas Arts Foundation may well be getting duped. Better follow the money with an eagle eye.

mloburgio 3 years, 9 months ago

Brownbackistan a pseudo-Christian fascist state where the arts are not publicly funded, women's reproductive rights are relentlessly attacked, public school funding is drastically cut, voter suppression laws make it nearly impossible for new voters to register to vote, and social services are turned over to evangelical "Christian" groups, all done with the backing of the Koch brothers.

Brownbackistan is a place where civil responsibility takes a back seat to religious intolerance and corporate greed.

Kookamooka 3 years, 9 months ago

Don't mess with artists. They have been known to start revolutions.

pace 3 years, 9 months ago

The rino pac arts foundation is sure to find the brass to fund a tower of babel. Maybe we will see a bronze of one of the Koch bros or Brownback standing tall with their foot on the neck of labor.

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