Yesterday, ArtsKC hosted a call with Kyna Iman, Lobbyist with Missouri Citizens for the Arts, to discuss the concerns for the arts community with the MO supplemental budget under consideration currently. If you were not able to attend the call yesterday, here is the
video recording of the call
In this email, I have included the necessary details to help you make informed asks of our state and federal leaders. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
MO Budget Issue
Yesterday, Kyna Iman discussed the issue of arts funding in the MO budget and the ability of MAC to be able to grant funds from the NEA's CARES Act funding. Kyna's guidance to the outreach for this issue was to target the
House and Senate floor managers
Senate appropriations committee members of our area
House members in our area
A reminder - most of the inner-Kansas City House members are already agreeable to our position.
We must target our outreach to those Representatives who we do not routinely engage with, who are highlighted in yellow.
Language for our Ask:
Dear Rep. or Sen. [NAME], on behalf of the arts community in the state of Missouri, please allow an increase in the spending authority of the Missouri Arts Council to be able to draw down funds from the NEA because of the CARES Act. This funding is critical to the survival of arts and culture institutions which have provided our state over $20 million in government revenue, and hundreds of millions of dollars in greater economic impact.
If posting on social media, please include #HelpMOArts.
House and Senate Floor Managers:
Senate Appropriations Committee Members: