Arts funding is wonderful, but will it continue?

The National Endowment for the Arts’ decision to provide $560,800 in matching funds to Kansas is wonderful news for the Kansas arts community, which has struggled to get by since Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed state arts funding in 2011. But ongoing NEA funding is uncertain, as Brownback and the Legislature removed most of the state arts funding for this fiscal year that lawmakers restored in 2012. “If Kansas fails to provide more state support, future NEA matching funds will be cut,” the advocacy group Kansas Citizens for the Arts warned in an e-mail. Also, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission has been incredibly slow in distributing grant money, which won’t please the NEA.