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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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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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Kansas Becomes First State Without Arts Agency

Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed funding for the Kansas Arts Commission today (May 28), thereby ending a scuffle with the legislature, which funded the commission over his objections. According to the Associated Press, Gov. Brownback said: “The arts will continue to thrive in Kansas when funded by private donations, and I intend to personally involve myself […]

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State Arts Funding: A Scattered Forecast

State legislatures are finishing their work on state budgets in the coming weeks. As it stands, it is a mixed forecast when it comes to funding for the arts. Some areas are being poured on as if a hurricane parked on top of them, while others are only seeing scattered showers, or even partly sunny […]

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