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How cuts to the Kansas Arts Commission would affect the whole state

By Sarah Henning · January 18, 2011 · Comment on this

Tim Van Leer, executive director of the Lied Center of Kansas, explains how Gov. Brownback's proposed privatization of the Kansas Arts Commission would affect the state of artistic expression in Kansas and have a trickle down effect to those not directly receiving commission funds.

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mickeydsrocketdog 3 years, 11 months ago

The loss of the Kansas Arts Commission totals a loss to the state of over $1.2 million each year from federal and other matching dollars. Many Kansas cities, especially in rural areas, do not have the ability to replace these lost state funds. If the Kansas Arts Commission is eliminated, smaller and rural communities will lose disproportionately.

The nonprofit arts and cultural sector is a $153.5 million industry that generates $15 million in local and state revenue.People who attend community arts events also shop, spend money on gasoline, dinner and childcare -- contributing to local economies. Without enough support, state and local governments would lose a large percentage of this $15 million in revenue generated by the Kansas nonprofit arts and cultural sector.

The arts are a powerful economic development tool – governments, chambers of commerce and conventions and visitors’ bureaus use the arts to recruit businesses, employees and tourists. Businesses want to locate in communities that support quality of life such as schools, arts programs and libraries. Without those, cites are unable to compete in the marketplace.

Elminating the Kansas Arts Commission will cost Kansas much more than just $500,000: cutting it from the state budget will actually cost Kansas 1.2 million in immediate federal income, AND deeply undercut the peripheral income generated by cultrual events.......Do the math!

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