St. Louis Public Radio
What are the arts worth to you?
In our neighbor state to the west, Gov. Sam Brownback in June used a line-item veto to cut public funding for the Kansas Arts Commission, essentially closing the agency and making Kansas the only state without a unit to channel government money to arts and culture groups, according to the advocacy group Americans for the Arts. Arts advocates have said that eliminating the commission could cost the state as much as $1.2 million in federal funds. Closer to home, St. Louis-area arts groups are working to make do with less after the Regional Arts Commission told the groups last year that grant money would be cut by 15 percent.
As funding sources dry up, arts venues look for different ways to keep their doors open, even as patrons try to cope with less disposable income in their own wallets. The Beacon and Nine Network of Public Media want to hear from you about how you manage to support the arts for your own personal pleasure. What are you willing to pay? What are you willing to give up? Please respond to the questions below and tell us: What are the arts worth to you?