TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The new Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission plans to apply for federal funding that would replace some money lost last year when the state’s art commission lost funding.
The commission says it will apply for National Endowment for the Arts funding.
However, Sen. Jean Schodorf of Wichita is skeptical the state will get much money from the NEA this year.
Before Gov. Sam Brownback defunded the arts commission last year, Kansas received about $1.2 million in arts money from the NEA and Mid-American Arts Alliance. It spent about $700,000 a year on the arts.
The Wichita Eagle reports the application to the NEA is due Oct. 1 and the NEA would likely decide in January. That would potentially provide Kansas with arts money in July 2013.