Kansas governor eliminates state funding for arts
The Kansas Arts Commission's website notes that all programs and grant operations have been terminated.
June 2nd, 2011
12:11 PM ET

Kansas governor eliminates state funding for arts

Kansas has become the first state to have all its state funding for arts programs eliminated.

Over Memorial Day weekend, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback used a line-item veto to cut public funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. The commission has been operating since 1966, a year after Congress set up the National Endowment for the Arts.

The commission's Web site announced the news starkly with the sentence:  "All Kansas Arts Commission programs and grant operations for Fiscal Year 2012 have been terminated effective immediately."

Brownback has been outspoken about his desire to make arts funding entirely private.

The conservative leader has pointed to Vermont as a state with a nonprofit arts agency that's privately funded. But Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Alexander L. Aldrich responded by writing an open letter to Brownback, noting that without state appropriations it would be unable to provide "underserved communities" with arts education or "accessibility services to hundreds of historic cultural venues that were built long before the passage of the (Americans With Disabilities Act), and a host of other grants that support our creative sector."

"... (E)very State SHOULD invest in the arts sector simply because it makes good economic sense," the letter also says.

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    June 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • uh?

      why are you blathering on about that on here? troll

      June 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mikel

    What will we do now? For years, Kansas has led the nation in the arts and so many aspiring artists move to Kansas...oh wait, Kansas leads the country in Wizard of Oz fans, not the arts. So, no problem.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CSnSC

    Shut up ! You are redefining the word TROLL. Find a relevant thread and stay ON TOPIC.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Kansas has some old army hemp plants still growing along side the road. If you smoke it you just get a headache. Maybe that's where Kansinian artists got their insporation? They aren't cutting funding! Their cutting hemp!

    June 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzzzz

      I think the world of you Philip and thats why when I find you misspelled something its just cause... well I think your perfect. HEY everbody he misspelled INSPIRATION. Wooo Hooo. Love you guy 🙂

      June 2, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hypatia

    Thugs and baggers don't need no stinkin' arts. They've got guns and Jebus!

    June 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. uh?

    typical republican insight into the needs of the people. arts and culture has always been an underpining of a civilized society.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CSnSC

    Well they still have crop circles. Thats art

    June 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rrp


    June 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leo

    I'm from Boston, but I live in Kansas now (Kansas City, KS, specifically). There's more out here than the f'ckin' Wizard of Oz, Republicans, Jeezus, and gun enthusiasts, thank you very much. In fact, several of my friends out here are in art school. There's an art museum close to my house. And yes, some of us are LIBERALS. (My county voted approximately 70% for Obama in 2008.)

    Brownback, however, is a turd. Yeah, that's the nicest thing I can say about him. He just cut funding for public universities (I work for the University of Kansas), and he had the gall to make a sanctimonious speech about how we must strive for excellence in lieu of that. So, this idiot has slashed our resources, cut vital job positions, and still wants us to do better.

    That's the problem with these rich, deluded Republicans. THEY are the ones who want something for nothing. They don't want to pay any taxes, yet they still want good roads, safe bridges, public works, and so on. They want our nation to excel with no funding, and our children to be well educated (as long as they're white). Art can go into their private collections, and should be somehow tax-sheltered, because the public doesn't need access to our art heritage. Let them eat cake.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Ontiveros

      Well said!

      June 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alix

      I definitely agree with you on all points. Used to live in Kansas City area, and it was very cosmopolitan. Brownback is an idiot.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • HiVeloCT

      On target and 100% correct!

      June 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron.Z

      Say it as it is!!! Thank you!

      June 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Stereotypes are a lot like Mythology. There will always be exceptions but they started from some truth or real life event.

      Kansas, great art capitol of the world…HA!

      June 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. from oz

    please dont mock my state... this is a sad day for kids in kansas. the arts are important part of a well rounded foundation.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jingoistic Drum Banger

      This will free up state money for them to chase little boys and wh0res as per their national party plank.
      The true arts passion of the republicans.

      Kansas ~ Sam "Super Freak " Brownback – nuff' said.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bill

    Kansas should cut spending on education as well. They're wasting that money.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. m hall

    when times get tough things need to be cut. Extra curicular activities are the best places to start, if you dont have the money to do them then dont expect others to pay for them for you.

    June 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      With that logic, all municipal, state and federal parks should be closed and not funded. All public swimming pools and Ice facilities should be closed. Unless they can show they are fiscally self sustaining, they should go as well. If I don't use them, why should I have to pay? Of course that is because it is best for our culture and society! Come on man! Or are you of the belief that eveything SHOULD pay it's way? If so, get ready for many of the things YOU enjoy, not be available to you!!!

      June 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dilbert

    I would expect nothing more from the home of the Westboro Baptist Church. If Kansas ever goes up in a wildfire, or is ripped away by a tornado, good riddance.

    June 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • kansaslady

      Practically everyone in Kansas strongly dislikes the Westboro Baptist Church. I think it is pathetic you take a group of so few individuals and apply their views to an entire state. If these horrible things you wish upon the hard-working residents of Kansas were to happen, I hope you choke on the wheat, corn, beef, etc that Kansas farmers work hard to provide to the rest of America. Kansas is a beautiful, wide-open state with caring, patriotic, and strong men and women.

      June 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean


      Is that what jebus would say?

      June 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
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