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The Arts Aren’t in Kansas Anymore, Toto

Why publicly support the arts when the debt’s hitting its head against a $14 trn ceiling and unemployment’s at 9 percent? America’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 bn in economic activity every year, incuding $63.1 bn in spending by organizations (twice as much as aerospace) plus $103.1 billion in event-related spending by audiences, supporting 5.7 million jobs nationally and generating $29.6 bn in government revenue. The for-profit and non-profit culture industry generates nearly $30 bn in revenue to local, state and federal governments every year. The three levels of government collectively spend less than $4 bn annually to support arts and culture — a spectacular 7:1 return on investment; try getting that in mutual funds.

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A New Chapter for the Arts in Kansas

On Saturday, May 28, 2011, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback used his power to line item veto funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. This action makes Kansas unique in the nation as now being the only state without a fully funded and functional arts agency. The action came after months of heated debate between a conservative […]

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Business + Arts = Places We Want to Be

One night in mid-May, the coolest place in Cincinnati was a party on top of a painting. It was Cincinnati Fashion Week and we were all smack in the intersection of art and business. We went to parties celebrating Andy Warhol in the former Contemporary Arts Center, talks about fashion art at the Cincinnati Art […]

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Kansas Arts: 5,000+ Voices Versus One

As you probably know, Gov. Brownback issued a line item veto of the Kansas Arts Commission’s budget during the holiday weekend. Before too much time passes, I want to share some of my thoughts on the situation: This isn’t about money. While the governor’s veto “saved” the Kansas treasury just under $700,000, they are no […]

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