Arts Advocates Mixed On Brownback's Proposal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Advocates for the arts are backing Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to create a new Creative Industries Commission but say it must have adequate funding.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/z0aJhg ) the Senate Ways and Means Committee took no action Thursday on legislation to create the commission by merging the Kansas Arts Commission and the Film Services Commission. Members directed staff to prepare possible amendments.

Brownback proposes providing $200,000 for the new commission. Sarah Fizell, spokeswoman for Kansas Citizens for the Arts, said the group believes more money is needed.

Arts advocates were lobbying Thursday at the Statehouse.

Brownback wants arts programs to rely more heavily on private money and less on state funds. He vetoed the Arts Commission's budget last year, making Kansas the first state to eliminate its arts funding.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Arts advocates are planning to converge on the Kansas Statehouse as legislative committees review Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal for arts funding.

Kansas Citizens for the Arts is sponsoring Thursday's lobbying.

It comes the same day the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the House Education Budget Committee hold hearings on Brownback's proposal to provide $200,000 to a new Kansas Creative Industries Commission.

The new commission would merge the Kansas Arts Commission and the state Film Services Commission. Many arts advocates consider it inadequate for supporting arts programs.

Brownback wants arts programs to rely more heavily on private money and less on state funds.

Last year, the governor vetoed the Arts Commission's budget, making Kansas the first state to eliminate its arts funding.


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