State’s new Creative Arts Industries Commission seeks public input

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is organizing a public input session this week in Lawrence.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Those wishing to attend are asked to register online at

The session is one of several planned this month in a number of Kansas communities. The commission is seeking input from the public to help draft strategic plans and to guide its activities for the fiscal year 2014 and beyond.

Kansas State University’s Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy — which promotes processes that foster an informed citizenry and community-based decision making — is facilitating the sessions.

In 2011, Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed funding for the Kansas Arts Commission, making Kansas the first state in the nation to end state funding of arts programs. Last year, he proposed creating the Creative Arts Industries Commission, which operates under the Kansas Department of Commerce.


question4u 5 years, 2 months ago

Another case of cut first and ask questions later. Are the leaders of this Commission so clueless that they have to ask for "public input to help draft strategic plans?" Seeking public input is great, but not being able to form a strategic plan without help is pathetic.

Of course, in the Brownback administration expertise is always optional.

Frank A Janzen 5 years, 2 months ago

This news item is dated last Sunday, April 7, and the event mentioned is for tomorrow, Thursday, April 11 here in Lawrence. Why the delay in getting this posted???!!!

cowboy 5 years, 2 months ago

Heres our plan Sam the Sham , you're fired !

patkindle 5 years, 2 months ago

strategic plans take money, and this is all about the kids, open up your check books and help these good foks out to support the arts

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