Wichita Mayor Carlos Mayans took some deserved heat for recently including the resurrection of Wichita State University football among his six visions for the community. But he also deserves credit for counting cultural funding among those priorities. To follow up on the current budget’s added $712,000 for arts organizations, Mayans told KSN, Channel 3, “I still believe we need to have 1 mill earmarked for this project, and I am willing to reach some kind of a consensus to do it, limited for five years, to see the impact it will have on arts and culture on our area.” As the cultural funding review panel prepares to take on its second round of grants, and submit to the scrutiny of the city’s budget cycle, it’s good to know that Mayans gets it — that arts and attractions help make a community unique and interesting, as they generate jobs and revenue.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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