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Kansas Implements “Plan B” for Arts Funding

by Gabe Bullard on June 14, 2011

When he introduced his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer warned the Metro Council and the public that subsequent budgets would be much leaner. There’s a persistent $15 million gap in revenues, and Fischer says it will take fundamental changes to Metro Government to close that gap.

Among those possible changes is how the city supports the arts. Fischer told arts groups that receive city grants to put together a “Plan B” for that funding. Later, on a WFPL news special, Fischer restated his commitment to the arts, but said if given the choice between cutting public safety and cutting arts, he would chose the latter (though the funding for each doesn’t’ exactly compare).

NPR’s Elizabeth Blair recently reported on arts funding in Kansas, where a plan B has already been implemented after Governor Sam Brownback gutted the state’s arts commission.

Meanwhile, Brownback has named someone new to lead the efforts to raise funds from the private sector. In an interview, that new appointee said she doesn’t think it will be that hard … since the Kansas arts commission’s budget was so small to begin with.

When told about the situation in Kansas, Mayor’s spokesman Chris Poynter said it’s too early to say whether Fischer would consider a similar option, especially since the mayor hasn’t determined whether the $500,000 that goes to arts groups will have to be cut from the next budget. Poynter did say, however, that the Fund for the Arts already connects corporate donors to arts groups (despite complaints about that process, which may soon be changed). Further, Poynter said Director of Community Building Sadiqa Reynolds is the mayor’s ambassador to arts groups, but has not done any fundraising.

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Indiana Arts Groups Face Difficulties Fundraising

by ekramer July 5, 2010

Elizabeth Kramer Some Indiana institutions have issued a report about the condition of the state’s arts organizations. The Indiana Arts Commission enlisted Indiana University’s School of Public And Environmental Affairs to conduct a survey of more than 1,500 organizations. Kirsten Grønbjerg is an Indiana University professor and chair of the school’s Center on Philanthropy. She […]

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Kentucky, Indiana Get Arts Grants Worth $1.7 million

by ekramer June 14, 2010

By Elizabeth Kramer The Kentucky Arts Council is set to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support arts groups statewide. The council will receive more than $850,000 from the NEA to support the operating costs of arts groups as well as arts education programs. Ed Lawrence is with the Kentucky […]

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Legislators, Arts Groups Recognize Arts Day

by ekramer February 10, 2010

Today arts groups, arts advocates and legislators celebrated Kentucky Arts Day in Frankfort. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The day began with the Kentucky Arts Council hosting legislators and arts groups from their districts who had received state grants. It comes during a session when legislators will consider further cuts to the Kentucky Art Council’s […]

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Mayoral Forum Offers Ideas for City's Arts Future

by ekramer February 9, 2010

Eleven candidates for Louisville mayor spoke at a forum on the arts and culture last night. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. (To listen to the entire forum, click on Listen to the story.) Local businessman Chuck Maisch opened the event recounting how a few business leaders started the Louisville Orchestra in the aftermath of the 1937 […]

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Arts Council Temporarily Suspends Six Grant Programs

by ekramer January 26, 2010

The Kentucky Arts Council has decided to temporarily suspend six grant programs because of the states budget crisis. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has details. The announcement comes after incremental cuts in the Arts Council’s budget over the year became an overall 24 percent reduction, which is almost $1 million. The grants include one that helped fund […]

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Congressman Complains about Art in San Francisco

by ekramer August 17, 2009

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield recently signed a letter to the National Endowment for the Arts complaining about the work of arts groups it had funded. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Whitfield of Hopkinsville signed the letter along with 49 other Republican congressman that objected to funding staff salaries of three San Francisco arts groups they […]

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Fund for the Arts Gets $8.8 Million of $10 Million Goal

by ekramer June 30, 2009

The Louisville Fund for the Arts announced the results of its annual fundraising campaign today. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The Fund for the Arts raised $8.8 million this year — falling short of its $10 million goal set before the economic crisis deepened last September. Much of the money raised will go to support […]

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Indiana Advocates: Cut to Arts Hurts Economy

by ekramer June 10, 2009

As Indiana legislators prepare to convene tomorrow for a special session, arts advocates are criticizing the large cut Gov. Mitch Daniels has proposed for the state’s arts agency. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Gov. Daniels called the session to pass a budget after legislators failed to do so during Indiana’s recent General Assembly. The budget Daniels […]

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Arts Kentucky Holds Workshop on Arts Advocacy

by ekramer September 16, 2008

An arts advocacy group is having a workshop tomorrow at The Speed Art Museum to show people working in and interested in the arts how to work with civic leaders. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Arts Kentucky is a statewide coalition of arts groups and artists that is holding these workshops throughout the state. Cecelia […]

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