We are pleased to share GREAT news with you today. Yesterday afternoon, Governor Brownback signed the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission into law. The new agency will be tasked with the promotion, support and expansion of the creative industries in order to drive the Kansas economy, grow jobs and enhance the quality of life for all Kansans.
Below you will find a statement from Henry Schwaller, Chair of the Kansas Citizens for the Arts regarding the creation of the new agency.
“We are pleased that Governor Brownback signed the bill creating the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. The creation of the new agency has been a collaborative effort between the Governor, legislators and arts advocates, resulting in the successful passage of legislation that all Kansans can be proud of.
“This is an important step to building a stronger 21st century Kansas economy based on highly skilled, creative industry jobs. The new commission will also serve a vital role in developing creative skills in the Kansas workforce, as well as fostering entrepreneurship in all communities.
“The new commission’s success relies on the approval of the $700,000 appropriation allocated by the Kansas Legislature and the hiring of qualified staff. This is necessary to create an agency that is successful in promoting the arts and restoring federal matching funds which are key to support job creation and thriving communities.”
Thank you for your support of the arts in Kansas!