Kansas City, Missouri 2019 Election Candidate Questionnaire

The KCMO Mayoral Primary and City Council Election is on April 2nd, 2019.

In partnership with the Office of Cultural and Creative Services, ArtsKC conducted a mayoral and city council candidate survey regarding support of the Kansas City arts community. While ArtsKC does not endorse candidates for elective office, we have compiled each candidate’s position on direct municipal support of the arts industry in Kansas City, MO.

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MAYORAL CANDIDATES

Alissia Canady

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Clay Chastain

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Phil Glynn

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?
Yes. The desire to see more arts education in our schools is of particular importance in KCMO Arts Convergence. For years, I’ve been on the board of Harmony Project KC which brings classical music education to young people in Northeast Kansas City.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes. I often share these numbers with visitors to my business Travois where we host Travois First Fridays! We introduce Kansas City to a groundbreaking Native American artist each month.

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. Kansas City must invest in neighborhoods. Sponsoring cultural events that bring people together to build relationships between community members is vital to my strategy.

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?

Yes. When movies and TV shows are filmed in Kansas City it doesn’t just showcase our amazing local talent. It drives more customers to our local hotels, restaurants and other businesses. The arts are a major economic contributor to KC’s bottom line.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

As I have in my business, I will always recognize the connection between the arts and economic development.

Jolie Justus

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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?

Yes.

* 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.

Henry Klein

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes. This is based on the economic return to KC being greater than the amount we spend.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

I’m particularly interested in how we can bring the arts and the art community to the public schools (all school districts) here in Kansas City. The impact on our children would be wonderful. I’d like to do it through my idea of establishing a City Hall Office of Education.

Scott Taylor

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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?

Yes. Yes I started it and hope we can get the State to add one back also.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Yes I have discussed a lot over last few years.

Vincent Lee - No Response

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Quinton Lucas - No Response

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Steve Miller - No Response

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Jermaine Reed - No Response

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Scott Wagner - No Response

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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Kevin B. O’Neill - 1st District At-Large

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Teresa Loar - 2nd District At-Large

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?
No.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
No.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Kevin McEvoy - 2nd District

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Dan Fowler - 2nd District

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Wallace Hartsfield - 3rd District At-Large

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
No.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Melissa Robinson - 3rd District

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
No.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Katheryn Shields - 4th District At-Large

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Austin Strassle - 4th District At-Large

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
No.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Robert Westfall - 4th District At-Large

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Eric Bunch - 4th District

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
No.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Jared Campbell - 4th District

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Geoff Jolley - 4th District

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Lee Barnes, Jr. - 5th District At-Large

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Erik Dickinson - 5th District At-Large

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Edward Bell II - 5th District

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Bryan Dial - 5th District

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
No.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

Ryana Parks-Shaw - 5th District

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Andrea Bough - 6th District At-Large

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

3. Do you support the current level of funding for the Kansas City Film Office in cooperation with Visit KC?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

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.

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?

Yes.

* 7. Do you have specific ideas for assisting the arts in Kansas City?

The Council must continue to support the arts and partner with our civic and business communities to ensure that our arts and cultural communities retain their unique character and flourish. I fully support the arts and will be a partner on the Council.

Stacey Johnson-Cosby - 6th District At-Large

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Heather Hall - 1st District - No Response

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Shaheer Akhtab - 3rd District - No Response

NO RESPONSE

Pat Clarke - 3rd District - No Response

NO RESPONSE

Brandon Ellington - 3rd District At-Large - No Response

NO RESPONSE

Stephan Gordon - 5th District - No Response

NO RESPONSE

Joseph Jackson - 3rd District - No Response

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Marvia Jones - 3rd District - No Response

NO RESPONSE

Rachel Riley - 3rd District - No Response

NO RESPONSE

Mitch Sudduth - 5th District - No Response

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Joseph "Joey Cuts" Thomas - 3rd District - No Response

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Dwayne Williams - 5th District At-Large - No Response

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