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    Posted February 1, 2011

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Call to Action: Support the Arts in Kansas

On February 7, 2011, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive reorganization order abolishing the Kansas Arts Commission effective July 1, 2011. He proposes that the Kansas Historical Society will be responsible for carrying out arts programs, and a private foundation will be formed. According to the Governor's office, the Governor's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012 allocates $200,000 through the Kansas Historical Society to assist in the transition from a state agency into a private organization.

This move jeopardizes: $778,200 in direct funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; $437,767 in indirect grants and services from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Kansas Arts Commission's regional partner.

The Arts in Kansas need your help! NOW is the time to become very active in advocating for support for the arts! To stop this and retain the Kansas Arts Commission, one of the state's most successful agencies, a resolution must be passed by Kansas House or Senate legislative bodies.

Resolution To Override Governors Proposal

On Thursday March 3, Senator Roger Reitz, Manhattan, will present a resolution for the Federal and State Affairs Committee, at 10:30am in Room 144-S. This resolution in the Senate would over ride the Governorís proposal. To retain KAC, the resolution must pass the Senate.

Contact your legislators NOW to tell them to maintain the Kansas Arts Commission as a state agency and to keep funding at the current level. Letters, phone calls and emails are helpful, but PERSONAL VISITS ARE KEY! Attend community meetings and events where your legislators will be and talk with them about this valuable and vital issue to all Kansans! Send a letter here: http://kansasarts.org/elected.cfm

Take Action:

Get the facts about the economic impact of the arts, FAQs, resources and links at: http://kansasarts.org and http://arts.ks.gov/advocates/index.shtml.

Contact the Governor and your Legislator and tell them to save the Arts in Kansas: http://capwiz.com/artsusa/ks/issues/alert/?alertid=24822501



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