Set record straight on arts funding

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has cited Vermont as an example of a state that has a nonprofit arts agency. But Alexander Aldrich, the executive director of the Vermont Arts Council, sent an open letter to Brownback this week to “set the record straight” and to make the case “for keeping the Kansas Arts Commission on sound financial, public footing.” He said the Vermont council is effective “only because” the state appropriates it more than $500,000 year. And he argued that “every state should invest in the arts sector simply because it makes good economic sense.”