Art Enthusiasts Gather at Capitol

TOPEKA, Kan. - Arts advocates convened at the state Capitol Wednesday to advocate for support for the arts in Kansas.

The group gathered to talk to their legislators about the importance of the arts. Governor Kathleen Sebelius and other elected officials addressed the arts advocates after the discussion, followed by a performance by Hugoton Elementary Eagle Choi in the Capitol Rotunda.

"The arts add significant public value to Kansas communities," said Kansas Citizens for the Arts Chairman Robert Lee. "Not only do children who participate in the arts perform better in school and are more likely to go to college, but the arts have been shown to contribute to economic development, tourism and quality of life. We must maintain a high level of in-depth arts experiences for all Kansans."

Formed in 2000, Kansas Citizens for the Arts is dedicated to promoting the interests of the citizens of Kansas through advocacy for arts funding and education. For more information about Kansas Citizens for the Arts, contact Robert Lee at