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State Group Says Kansas NEA Grants Have Been Restored

nea 18010.nphdTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas arts advocates say the National Endowment for the Arts has restored $560,000 in arts grants to Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the announcement comes two years after the NEA pulled its funding for Kansas when Governor Sam Brownback de-funded the state arts commission. After intense lobbying from arts groups, Brownback formed the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which is under the Department of Commerce and is intended to provide a vehicle for state arts funding with more focus on job creation. The group, Kansas Citizens for the Arts, told members in an email Wednesday the NEA has provided $560,000 in matching funding to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for the fiscal year beginning October 1. Commerce Department spokesman Dan Lara didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

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