TOPEKA -- Kansas will be overhauling its state arts agency this summer, but funding for arts programs in the Sunflower State is still uncertain.
Kansas Citizens for the Arts reports funding remains the key issue as the state gets ready to merge its Arts and Film Services Commissions on July 1st.
Governor Sam Brownback proposed the merger after shelving the Kansas Arts Commission in his first year in office. He signed the merger bill last week.
It will develop a new creative arts industries commission with the task of creating new arts-related jobs with the State's Department of Commerce.
House and Senate negotiators worked Saturday on budget issues.
Both chambers have agreed to provide more than $700,000 for the new arts/film commission, but Brownback proposed only $200,000. Brownback pushed the merger in place of the veto of the Arts Commission funding last year.