Arts Advocates Say NEA Matching Funds To Return

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Arts advocates say Kansas is line to see matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts return to the state.

The group Kansas Citizens for the Arts said in an email Wednesday that Kansas will receive $560,000 from the NEA for the federal fiscal year starting October 1.

The state lost the NEA matching dollars two years ago, when Gov. Sam Brownback de-funded the Kansas Arts Commission. Brownback said he wanted to focus on private funding for arts endeavours.

With lobbying from arts groups, though, Brownback created the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. It is located within the Department of Commerce to fund the arts, with a focus on job creation.