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Central Standard

Improving The Arts In Kansas City

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For the first time in 15 years, Kansas City, Mo. is examining its arts-related policies through Mayor Sly James' Task Force for the Arts. This task force is composed of important political members from the city and a variety of artists and advocates for the arts in Kansas City. The task force launched the Envision Arts & Culture KC campaign Monday night, which is the first step in trying to make the arts a more prominent and meaningful part of life in Kansas City.

The first phase of the Envision Arts & Culture KC campaign is to host meetings around the metro area to hear from the public about what they want from the arts in their communities.

On this Central Standard, two members of the task force, Mike Burke and Harlan Brownlee, will talk about the Envision Arts & Culture KC campaign's goals and what it has learned from the public meetings so far.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.