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Arts Under Attack with New Kansas Funding

Associated Press - November 10, 2015 2:35 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An advocacy group’s leader is warning that Kansas is likely to lose its federal arts dollars early next year because the state isn’t providing enough funding for arts programs.

Kansas Citizens for the Arts Chairman Henry Schwaller IV said Tuesday that he expects the National Endowment for the Arts to withhold about $591,000 it had planned to send the state.

An NEA official told state officials in a September letter that Kansas must boost funding for its Creative Arts Industries Commission by nearly $225,000 to get the federal dollars. Schwaller is a commission member.

The NEA’s letter told the state it has until Jan. 15. That’s four days after the Legislature convenes its next annual session.

Schwaller said he’s not expecting Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration to find the additional funds.

Larry Elmquist

November 10, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Quite simple. Have the arts in Kansas emphasize weapons and military themes. What sophisticated, concealed carry Kansan wouldn’t jump at the opportunity of a hand crafted, hand painted set of pistol grips or holster. Schools can have annual contests to design new camouflage for the terrains of yet to be invaded countries. The money will pour in and Sam Brownback’s pronouncement that the sun is shining in Kansas will come true. Even though it will just be the sun’s glint off of a gun barrel.

Doug Clemens

November 11, 2015 at 9:25 am

Let’s take Salina for instance and look at the art that is purchased with taxpayer money and is pure trash. I read what one city commissioner said about it all being about taste of each individual and he was right. Therefore it should not be a majority vote by 6 people as to what types of art is purchased for Salina with tax payer money. The people who’s money is being spent should have final say.

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