1. In November 2013, the City Council endorsed KCMO ARTS CONVERGENCE, establishing the City’s strategic plan for supporting the arts in Kansas City. Are you familiar with the recommendations contained in the plan?
2. One of the recommendations was the establishment of an office of cultural affairs at City Hall. Do you support the continued funding for the City Office of Cultural and Creative Services?
3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
4. Did you know that the Arts has an estimated direct economic impact of a quarter of a billion dollars for the Kansas City Area and that we are home to over 250 arts nonprofits and 350 arts-related businesses?
5. The city funded, in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, almost 200 events in 2018. Last year Kansas City supported almost 200 arts and cultural programming and activities that were open to the public, and that drew tourism to our city. Do you support continued prioritization of funding for neighborhood and community-based arts and culture events throughout the city? Please comment on why this is important to our city.
Yes. These events help build a healthy and vibrant community. They attract tourists, attract and retain new residents and contribute to positive social, economic and health outcomes in our community.
6. The KC Film Office was recently able to attract and land a major Netflix series for Kansas City because of the local film incentive the City offers. Would you continue to support and grow the local incentive program to ensure KC can capture business?
* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?
We need to continue to include the arts in all policy decisions – health and public safety, transportation, housing, education and infrastructure. This includes providing funding and tools for artists and entrepreneurs. Artists invigorate our community and artists are attracted to communities that provide resources. Specifically I would like to see housing opportunities targeted to artists and the inclusion of arts in our small business incubators.
On the regional level, I would like to see a public/private partnership that integrates our arts and cultural institutions with our parks, boulevards and trail system to create a arts and cultural trail that covers the entire community.