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Will you donate money to events like the Busker Festival now that they do not have Kansas Arts Commission funding?

Response Percent Votes
No, there are better ways I can spend money
60% 322
It depends on the event, program or organization
29% 154
Yes, whatever it takes to keep the arts going
10% 53
Total 529


infidel 6 years ago

How about an option to vote for, What is the Busker Festival?

Eddie Muñoz 6 years ago

Because you're using a computer connected to the internet. The assumption is that you can use those tools to figure it out.

ToteAlongShaker 6 years ago

LOL that was rude and funny at the same time!

pace 6 years ago

I will donate for artists or art to be performed or done in other states. Kansas doesn't deserve art until they get rid of Brownback and haters.

crimsonlaugh 6 years ago

Do you realize how little sense that makes?!

bradh 6 years ago

I guess we can take donations to buy you a ticket to leave the state and get rid of one hater. I know you'd hate to pay for your own ticket.

RobertMarble 6 years ago

if that's the case ............ you totos should clone brownback a few times if it'll keep the buskers away.

overthemoon 6 years ago

Who's to say that the new 'arts foundation' won't provide some funding for the festival?

sad_lawrencian 6 years ago

Hello no, I will not donate to the Busker Festival. It's a major eyesore in an otherwise pleasant community.

davidsmom 6 years ago

I thought artists sold their art. Why do they need donations? Seriously, I don't understand.

George_Braziller 6 years ago

Because someone has to organize an event and there are basic expenses just to pull it together. Printing, advertising, postage, permit fees, etc.

crimsonlaugh 6 years ago

sigh do you think every artist makes $1000 on every piece sold? When was the last time you bought a $1000 piece of art?

George_Braziller 6 years ago

And even if an artist does sell a piece for $1,000, if it was sold through a gallery the artist only pockets about $600 of that. The gallery keeps 35-45% of the sale price.

overthemoon 6 years ago

Gallery Commissions average 50% these days.

George_Braziller 6 years ago

It depends on the gallery. The one I'm using right now takes 45%.

overthemoon 6 years ago

This is performance. There is nothing to buy.

Richard Renner 6 years ago

You can expect more and more solicitations from events, artists and organizations now that the move to privatize the arts has been made. Refusing to contribute, being selective about what you contribute too or even asking for money for your own purpose are the choices but you cannot stop the requests.

ilovelucy 6 years ago

WOW. The haters are out in full force today. Even though they won't donate, they'll complain incessantly.

Terry Sexton 6 years ago

Any festival worth its salt is self-sufficient. I don't recall the carnival folks who roll into the county fairgrounds every August asking for subsidies. They'll just take it from you traditionally. Those gunsights were crooked, I tell ya. That teddy bear should've been mine!

MarcoPogo 6 years ago

Carnivals are a little different because they have a constant stream of cash coming in. They move town-to-town, bilk the suckers, then move on. A free annual street festival doesn't operate throughout a season. Like George said, there are promotional materials, tents to rent for a day, PA equipment, etc. This type of eventl is not a self-sufficient business, at least not at this stage. It could happen if vendors ever got involved.

Terry Sexton 6 years ago

no vendors currently? well, there ya go, problem solved, or at least eased a bit.

MarcoPogo 6 years ago

The way they have it set up right now is that the festival is all over downtown, not like events that block off 8th Street for their base of operation, so I don't know if vendors would actually make a difference with the current arrangement. They would probably have to go through the regular city licensing and set up like the hot dog carts but be spread out through the area.

tomatogrower 6 years ago

When we went to the Busker Fest last year, I saw crowds of children ohhing and ahhing at jugglers and magicians. I saw a drumming circle which everyone was invited to join. I saw a lot of happy people enjoying simple entertainment, no frills, no special effects, no computer graphics. I don't know where sad_lawrencian was, but it must not have been in the same place. There is nothing so wonderful than seeing a child's eyes during a magic trick. As an adult, I may be able to see how it's done, but it's new to the children. They help keep you from being too jaded and blasé.

acg 6 years ago

I was just about to say the Busker Festival was a giant bore, but tomatogrower made me remember that my kids did have a good time at that thing. Yes, I was bored to tears, but they were totally enthralled with each funky act we stopped to watch. That's what its all about anyway, right? I just might donate. My negative mind has been changed. Thanks, tomatogrower!

Terry Sexton 6 years ago

Mmmm, got to thinking about it. Vendors are probably not enough to swing the whole cost. How about some corporate sponsorship? I nominate the LJWorld OTS Buskers. They can make folks disappear.

plus one each to tomatogrower & acg

bolshavik_vw 6 years ago

I can't believe you do not know what the Busker Festival is? It has only been going on for several years downtown in August, It has a lot of culture and fun to many people. And I look forward to going every year. It is sad that there are people who think this is from Oklahoma, it is festival in Europe that has been going on for some time. To me it is sad that we have so many uninformed people out there. Wow! What a world we

ivalueamerica 6 years ago

Why did the answer not include things like recall or voting for a sane candidate? That would be my answer.

Reuben Turner 6 years ago

i'd rather buy dog food w/o having a dog then donate for that cause

George_Braziller 6 years ago

Well, then go shopping for dog food you don't need. It's your money. If you don't want to donate then don't.

kernal 6 years ago

Great idea; then you can donate it to the Lawrence Humane Society!

kernal 6 years ago

Cletus, you just gave me a better idea. I'm going to donate what I would have spent on fireworks to the LHS. They'll probably need it for the pets who get scared by all the fireworks in town and run away.

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