thatsmyname (Richard Renner)

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Lawrence hires KCMO arts leader to serve as director of arts and culture

Fred, you speak like a person who is ill informed or misinformed. The Arts and Culture director position was created to give a direction to all the myriad visions and movements in our town. Imagine a city plan that was controlled by every individual interest, that's what we have without a director.
And for those of you who don't see the benefit of the arts in our town let me point out that the Busker Festival generates over $250,000 in tax revenue on a $23,000 budget. Where else will you or the city get that kind of return on its money?
Porter has done miraculous things in guiding the arts in KC and I expect him to do the same here.

April 16, 2015 at 1:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Today in Lawrence: Enjoy a weekend jammed with holiday events

The Winter Wonderland Weekend Workshops for Dec. 6th from 1-4pm have been cancelled.

December 5, 2014 at 10:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dog being cared for at Humane Society after owner's body recovered from Kansas River

I knew Dwight and Gabby after Gabby got lost and our boy brought her home. The look on Dwight's face when he came to claim her was pure joy and relief. He really needed that dog. As hard as Dwight's life could be at times it was Gabby that kepi him going. In more ways than just being a service dog for seizures.

July 18, 2013 at 5:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Arts advocates plan effort to restore state funds

Nice to see some groups taking some action to restore KAC. In light of the government's new surplus, this is not too much to ask.

November 10, 2011 at 10:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Arts supporters urge Brownback to reverse defunding decision

Not only is no one following Brownback's decision but no one really asked for it. There was no hue and cry during the election or after it for the elimination of the Kansas Arts Commission. This is pure ideology and that is his only support.
If you think like he does you will be expected to go along with this or be thrown out of the party. I believe in fiscal responsibility and government having less say in what I do but I also like the arts support and educational system (which took a huge cut). I do not agree with this unsupported demolition of the arts support in our state.

August 31, 2011 at 8:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback names 6 new arts commissioners

As an artist and an arts producer I can say I am NOT doing OK. This is the worst year I have had in a 20 year career. Clients are so unsure about what is going on that no one wants to spend money that they have or don't have.
As for event producing, I have had lost our arts commission money and have to ask the general public for donations. So far we have 13% of our $3500 goal and that is after a month of constant begging, cajoling and pleading.

July 23, 2011 at 12:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

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.

June 28, 2011 at 8:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Downtown Lawrence hires director; Barnes & Noble to Borders?; Pink Box bakery looking at changes; downtown lighting overhaul

The one thing that prevents Trader Joe's from being in Kansas is the fact that they can't sell beer and wine in their store here. That is a large part of their profits and even they know that a man can't exist on bread alone - he needs a good cheap wine to go with it.

February 23, 2011 at 8:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback signs order to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission

I have been a part of the Arts Commission as an artist for over 20 years and can see the things they do every day. Those murals downtown were helped in funding from the KAC, the programs at the Lawrence Arts Center are funded in part by KAC, the many festivals in Lawrence and all over the state get a portion of their funding from the KAC. Also, if you go out into rural KS where tax bases and companies don't donate to the arts you will still find arts councils that provide projects and programs because of the KAC.
This move on Brownback's part is amazingly ill informed and will affect many things that we aren't aware of yet. There will have to be some replacement but I am not sure how that will work right now.

February 8, 2011 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jane Pennington no longer director of Downtown Lawrence Inc.

As the promoter and producer of several events downtown I have only good things to say about Jane. She helped us immensely and always had the businesses in mind. Each event we worked on was geared to bringing more people downtown to spend more dollars. How and where they spent them was up to the stores to work with. She effectively got more foot traffic downtown and Lawrence benefited from that. Sorry to see her go.

January 5, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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