KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Citizens for the Arts, a nonprofit statewide grassroots advocacy group supporting funding for the arts, recognized two state senators on Thursday for their work securing funds and supporting the arts academy.
State Sens. Denny Hoskins and Jason Holsman were presented with awards for their work at ArtsKC in the Crossroads District. Arts supporters from Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA), Missouri Arts Council, the City of Kansas City and beyond were present.
Phil Dunlap, current president of MCA, said the arts generate over a billion dollars in economic activity.
“You support our polities and we thank you,” Dunlap said.
Holsman spearheaded the effort to preserve the Missouri Fine Arts Academy at Missouri State University. The program is a three-week residential program for 150 artistically-gifted high school juniors and seniors.
“I’m so glad to be getting this award with Denny,” Holsman said. “Arts are not partisan. When you close your eyes and a performance takes you away, that is not partisan. Every day you can look around and see what the arts do.”
Hoskins’ bill, SB773, is responsible for extending a sunset on non-resident athletes and entertainers tax to 2030 among other taxation modifications. Hoskins shared that in his first years in the legislature, he had amendments to cut arts funding.
Beyond applauding successes from the past legislative session, the senators and arts groups are looking forward to upcoming sessions and goals.
“It’s so important that we have a vocal and visual advocacy campaign,” Sharon Beshore, chair of the Missouri Arts Council, said. “We have to really start communicating with the legislature. Thank you for the support from Sens. Hoskins and Holsman and from Kyna and Phil for their leadership.”
MCA has an advocacy day scheduled at the Capitol for February 6, 2019.
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