The nonprofit Kansas foundation born of Gov. Sam Brownback’s effort to eliminate government arts support raised just shy of $105,000 in its first year of operation and has not yet made any grants to culture groups, the Topeka Capital-Journal writes.
The Kansas Arts Foundation was formed last year with a mission to solicit corporate and individual gifts for the arts, in conjunction with Mr. Brownback’s veto of a $700,000 allocation for the Kansas Arts Commission.
Legislators reinstated support for the commission last year and this year approved the governor’s proposal to merge it with the state’s film agency in a joint office focused on arts-based job creation.
The new foundation’s initial federal tax filing showed $104,900 in revenue but no arts-related donations. The group has declined to disclose details of its fundraising, but its president, Linda Browning Weis, said its allocations have included $20,000 to create a state license plate promoting the arts.
“It takes a goodly amount of work to organize a foundation,” Ms. Weis said of the organization’s work thus far. “We’ve been visiting with various communities.”