Action Alert
Preserve Critical Arts Funding
As you are probably aware, the City of Kansas City, MO released its FY21 budget on Thursday, February 13th.
Included in the budget are proposed cuts to arts programs, including:
— Elimination of the Office of Culture and Creative Services
— $175,000 reduction in Funding for KC Film Office
— $90,000 reduction in Funding for ArtsTech Teens in Transition Program

The City has announced three budget hearings to engage with the public:

Saturday, February 22 | 9 - 11AM
Northgate Middle School
2117 NE 48th St
Kansas City, MO 64116

Southeast Community Center
4201 E 63rd St
Kansas City, MO 64130

KC Health Department
2400 Troost Ave
Kansas City, MO 64108

We hope you'll join us at one or more of the hearings to voice your concern regarding these unnecessary cuts.

We have also attached resources to provide talking points and impact context so you can be informed about your stance.

ArtsKC is hosting our Advocacy Workshop this Friday, February 28, from 2 - 4PM at Black Archives of Mid-America. This workshop is designed to give you more information, tools, and resources to help you be as comfortable as possible to advocate to the city, state, and region on behalf of our arts community. Put what you learn on Friday into practice at the final two budget hearings.

Important Resources:
If you would like to add your name or your organization's logo to our position statement, email

A reminder that Citizens' Day for the Arts is a week away on Tuesday, March 3. Attendees of our Advocacy Workshop will receive a discount code for the bus and lunch at the Capitol.
To learn more about ArtsKC's advocacy initiatives, visit our advocacy page.
Questions? Contact:
Branden Haralson | Communications Manager, Engagement & Public Policy