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Arts as a Designated Function of the State

We have a serious problem.  Government support for the arts and humanities is in jeopardy.

The Lawrence Arts Center affirms the fundamental importance of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as invaluable resources for an educated, prosperous, and democratic society.  We also affirm the fundamental importance of City and State funding for the arts, particularly as it lays the foundation for public/private financing partnerships for education, economic growth, and social justice in Lawrence, Kansas and the surrounding region.

The Lawrence Arts Center entertains 200,000 visits annually at a cost of $14.50 per experience.  All our public funding passes directly to citizens and children, and the benefits are tangible:  increasing school readiness for kids ages 2-16, support for teachers, creative business and entrepreneurship training, life-long learning, and creative community collaboration.

Without arts as a designated function of the state, we lose a fundamental pathway to improving lives and the creative economy.  Public funding for the arts is essential to our health and prosperity.

Kimberly Williams
CEO, Lawrence Arts Center