No surprise that private funding for arts didn’t pan out

It was no surprise that Gov. Sam Brownback’s pledge to replace state funding of the arts with private money hasn’t panned out. Who believed it would? The Kansas Arts Foundation raised only $105,000 last year, and $30,000 of that appears to be the money that was left over from Brownback’s inauguration account. The foundation made no grants to local arts organizations last year. Brownback vetoed nearly $700,000 in state funding in 2011 and laid off the staff of the Kansas Arts Commission. That led to the loss of about $1.2 million in funding from national and regional grants. Fortunately for arts and culture in the state, he agreed this year to form a new Creative Arts Industries Commission and to provide $700,000 in state funding.