The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is organizing a public input session this week in Lawrence.
The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Those wishing to attend are asked to register online at kansascommerce.com.
The session is one of several planned this month in a number of Kansas communities. The commission is seeking input from the public to help draft strategic plans and to guide its activities for the fiscal year 2014 and beyond.
Kansas State University’s Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy — which promotes processes that foster an informed citizenry and community-based decision making — is facilitating the sessions.
In 2011, Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed funding for the Kansas Arts Commission, making Kansas the first state in the nation to end state funding of arts programs. Last year, he proposed creating the Creative Arts Industries Commission, which operates under the Kansas Department of Commerce.