How do you feel about Gov. Brownback's plans to phase out funding for the Kansas Arts Commission?

January 18, 2011

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Lisa Christensen ( in Tonganoxie) says...

I am disappointed that once again, funding for the arts seems to be one of the first things to go when money gets tight. But, in all honesty, I am far more upset about his proposed cuts in education! I think that we as parents can take over responsibility for exposing our children to the arts, but we can't expect to be able to compete with other countries when we don't value education enough to properly fund it.

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Austin Harris ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“I think it's an OK idea. What he's proposing is supposed to save around $9 million dollars in this year’s budget, so it’s not going to hurt to make it a non-profit organization.”

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Mike McClellan ( in Tonganoxie) says...

"It is always a shame when programs have to be cut. But it seems that this phase out is a sign of things to come. The austerity measures needed to live within our means will and should touch all. But sacrifice must be thoughtfully measured and proportionate to populations needs. While cutting of the fine arts has been traditionally first on the “block” for those who must cut waste, I fear this is only the first round of cuts that will prove to be deeper than traditionally experienced in the past. Therefore it is imperative that the phasing out, cutting, or suspending of programs be balanced and serving the needs of those who are genuinely in need. As Beverly Sills said, 'Art is the signature of civilizations.' I wonder, when all is said and done what will our signature look like?"

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Heather DeMaranville ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“I am not surprised, but am saddened that the arts are deemed not essential, especially in today's world. Arts teach valuable creative thinking and problem solving skills and I believe our youth will suffer from these types of cuts.”


MotherJugs 6 years ago on How do you feel about Gov. Brownback's plans to phase out funding for the Kansas Arts Commission?

The Fine Arts are a vital part of a childs education, it is a way for individual expression. The following pretty much sums it up.

"The Arts are an essential part of public education. From dance and music to theatre and the visual arts, the arts give children a unique means of expression, capturing their passions and emotions, and allowing them to explore new ideas, subject matter, and cultures. They bring us joy in every aspect of our lives.

Arts education not only enhances students' understanding of the world around them, but it also broadens their perspective on traditional academics. The arts give us the creativity to express ourselves, while challenging our intellect. The arts integrate life and learning for all students and are integral in the development of the whole person.

The Arts communicate and speak to us in ways that teach literacy and enhance our lives. We must continue to find a place for arts programs and partnerships not only for what it teaches students about art, but for what it teaches us all about the world we live in."

--Dr. Terry Bergeson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State, November 2001


afinehowdydo 6 years ago on How do you feel about Gov. Brownback's plans to phase out funding for the Kansas Arts Commission?

Kansas spends 29 per person on the arts, placing it 43rd in the nation in arts support. Even with this very low rank, the Kansas Arts Commission manages to support over 200 arts organizations, artists and small businesses in the state. While this cut is supposedly “saving” $500,000 out of the state’s budget, Kansas will actually lose 1.2 million dollars in federal money as a result of this elimination. Do the math. There must be a better place in the state’s budget - where there is more "waste" to cut without decimating an entire economic sector’s worth of jobs and businesses.


Jason Bailey 6 years ago on How do you feel about Gov. Brownback's plans to phase out funding for the Kansas Arts Commission?

All this talk about money = a great, or at least competitive, education is ridiculous. Read some of the letters written by civil war soldiers during interludes of battle. The brilliant and masterful understanding of grammar and sentence structure tied with succinct presentation of thoughts and ideas represent a well-educated mind. These letters were written by folks who went to schools which enjoyed no federal funding. Hmm...imagine that.

What is needed for education to be competitive is a complete overhaul of the curriculum, accountability of the educators (i.e., get rid of tenure -- education is one of the last vestiges of this crazy idea where you work in a job for X years and you're untouchable save a felonious indiscretion), and parents to be more involved in their child's education (education IS NOT the responsibility of government or the school system -- education is our responsibility as parents).


Chris McGhee 5 years, 12 months ago on How do you feel about Gov. Brownback's plans to phase out funding for the Kansas Arts Commission?

Last November this country slid to the right at the polls. The "T-Bagger" mentality won and this cut is part of that mentality. Silly things like The Arts and Education will suffer. Taxes will probably go down and so will all of those wasteful "socialist programs" like Police Enforcement, Fire Departments, Road Maintenance and Medicare. We will become more Capitlistic...if you want it pay for it yourself. Don't have the money? This is America...get a job! Can't find a good paying job? Move to China. Thats the only thing Big Buisness knows how to export...jobs. The cuts are only beginning.


Jason Bailey 5 years, 12 months ago on How do you feel about Gov. Brownback's plans to phase out funding for the Kansas Arts Commission?

Chris: Was this country formed on self-reliance or social support from big daddy govt? Was this country founded on principles of the individual vs. a focus on the collective? Was this country created with the intention that the govt would take care of its people or stay out of their way as they try to enjoy liberty and succeed the best they saw fit?

This country has lost its founding principles of liberty and freedom; we are slaves to an overbearing weight of laws, codes, requirements. I personally would love to see the entire system blown up and we start over - it's just too sprawling and out of control - but I know the moment that happens and the new Constitutional Convention is called to order, the first thing people will demand is free door prizes for simply breathing.


only1 5 years, 12 months ago on How do you feel about Gov. Brownback's plans to phase out funding for the Kansas Arts Commission?

Jason, You relate today's education to civil war times? Not surprising since your outlook is way outdated. Society is changing and as it changes, we must change. I have not heard one person say that money=a great education, but I would love to see you educate today's youth with no budget. Also, there will be tenure for teacher's until we stop letting people with little knowledge of education (BOE)make the decision on whether or not a teacher is hired or fired. Alot of these people have agenda's or children, but no knowledge of what it's like to be in the classroom as an educator. Do I like teacher tenure? No...but name another occupation of professionals where the people running it have never been trained or have experience in the field. Maybe you should have been a teacher. You seem to know how everything should be. You appear to be someone who has alot of opinions on how to fix society, but are ignorant to the fact that if we're going to fix anything, our children are going to be the one's to do it. Stop complaining and be a part of the solution. Nobody is asking the public to just throw money away. I appreciate education and the people that are dedicated to it, because they are at least doing something for the good of society, as opposed to sitting around complaining about spending money on something as important as education.


Jason Bailey 5 years, 11 months ago on How do you feel about Gov. Brownback's plans to phase out funding for the Kansas Arts Commission?

only1: I relate facts to facts. People educated with minimal (or no) public pillaging in the form of taxes blow our "LOL", "ROTFL" kids away any day in a writing contest. That is a fact.

Regarding education youth with no budget: I never said there should be no budget...I simply said throwing more money at this (or crying about Brownback's education cuts) is not the end all, be all because money does not equal education.

The BOE is what it is. Stop crying about that as well. I have worked many times for a VP that had multiple departments under him/her. These people did not understand what I did in great detail and basically called the shots of hire/fire for my team. Same situation...it happens everyday but myopic vision has apparently made you feel that education is unique in the universe of careers.

I wasn't complaining in my original post...that would be Lisa Christiansen (please see above and follow what's going on in the thread...thank you) My post was in response to her complaining. You people are touchy when it comes to someone even raising the specter of taking money from your precious education coffers.


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