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Group says Kansas gets NEA grant restored

August 29, 2013

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TOPEKA — Kansas arts advocates say the National Endowment for the Arts has restored $560,000 in grants to Kansas.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the announcement comes two years after the NEA pulled its funding for Kansas when Gov. Sam Brownback de-funded the state arts commission.

After lobbying from arts groups, Brownback formed the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which is under the Department of Commerce and provides a vehicle for state arts funding with more focus on job creation.

Kansas Citizens for the Arts told members in an email Wednesday the NEA has provided $560,000 in matching funding to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

Commerce Department spokesman Dan Lara says the commission has an announcement planned Thursday, but he couldn't comment beyond that.

Comments

rtwngr 1 year, 9 months ago

Brownback had said all along that he wanted to form a different way of funding the arts. The author of the article makes it sound like all of the whiney arts farts forced Brownback into forming a new commission. A nice success story that Brownback will not get any credit for putting together.

Tyler Palmer 1 year, 9 months ago

I don't see a success story here for Brownback.

At the time they dismantled the previous organization, Brownback said that his intuition was that the NEA would continue to provide grants to Kansas arts even if the state didn't have a state arts organization even though the black and white policy was pretty clear that a state arts organization was required for grant funding by the NEA. Rather than governing by intuition, our elected officials should utilize facts and research.

It's fine if Brownback had a different vision for overseeing and funding arts and arts-related efforts in Kansas, but it would seem that a more prudent course of action would have been to have a plan and transition from the previously existing commission to a new organization rather than simply abolishing the previous organization outright which caused the NEA to have to pull funding for Kansas and a multitude of arts groups that had previously been funded by those grants because Kansas no longer had a qualifying state organization to receive those grants.

The only credit Brownback receives in regard to the arts is that he utilized his line-item veto to stop the legislature from continuing to defund the new organization that was created.

jafs 1 year, 9 months ago

Absolutely.

Also, of course, we've lost two years of matching funding in the process.

tomatogrower 1 year, 9 months ago

We should give him credit for the years that we didn't get the grants? Not all of us like black velvet paintings, you know. Reality TV just isn't enough for us artsy fartsy people.

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