Kansas Arts Foundation Raises $105,000 In First Year

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

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.

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