TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The private organization formed after Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed state funding for the arts has raised $105,000 in its first year, but made no allocations to local arts groups.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports documents submitted to the IRS show the Kansas Arts Foundation had 2011 revenue of $104,900. The foundation was formed after Brownback vetoed legislation last year that allocated $700,000 in state aid to the Kansas Arts Commission, which has disbanded.
The records show the foundation had $16,800 in operating expenses, with almost $15,000 spent on receptions. The IRS documents show the foundation made no donations tied to the arts.
Foundation president Linda Browning Weis says it took a lot of work to set up the foundation, which is currently visiting with communities.