An Open Letter to the Governor, on the Arts

By: From the Arts Commission
By: From the Arts Commission

Governor Sam Brownback
Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 241S
Topeka, KS 66612-1590

Dear Governor Sam Brownback,

I am writing to ask that you support the Kansas Arts Commission and not make proposed budget cuts to eliminate the KAC as a state agency.

I support government funding of the arts in Kansas because [share one or more stories about the arts in your community, such as arts activities in your community, how the arts have benefited your local small businesses, benefited your children or other family members].

This move will jeopardize at least $575,000 in National Endowment for the Arts matching funds, contradicting the Governor’s statement that the state will save $574,642. The state will also lose valuable grants and services from its partners, such as Mid-America Arts Alliance, which provides more than $300,000 in grants and services to Kansas.

In Fiscal Year 2011, the state spent 29 cents per capita on the arts. If the Governor’s proposal is accepted, we will spend .07 cents per person — far less than any other state in the nation (California, ranked 50th, spends .12 cents per person). Kansas would be the only state in the nation to completely eliminate the arts from state funding.

The arts in Kansas are a business — elimination of the state agency that supports them will have a ripple effect on other sectors of the economy. The Kansas Arts Commission provides valuable seed money that leverages private funds and supports the total employment of over 37,000 people in the creative arts industry.

Arts and cultural businesses support other businesses — galleries, photographic stores, bookstores and music stores. People who participate in the arts, children through senior citizens, purchase supplies, materials, instruments and equipment, support their local economy. Eliminating support for the arts and cultural businesses, especially in rural communities that are already struggling, will cause a negative ripple effect throughout Kansas communities, causing a loss of private sector employment.

Thank you for your time. I appreciate your support of this value and vital issue to all Kansans.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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