Chapter 74: State Boards, Commissions And Authorities

Article 52: Kansas Arts Commission

Statute 74-5204: Powers and duties; funds; expenditures; post audit; executive director; salary, approval. (a) The Kansas arts commission shall be the official agency of the state for the development and coordination of the arts within the state.

      (b)   The commission shall support, coordinate, foster and develop the arts and their practice within this state.

      (c)   The commission may develop a program or programs of coordination consistent with the purposes of this act between the state and any local subdivision of government within this state, private agencies, organizations, associations, or with the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof.

      (d)   The commission may accept funds, artifacts or property from any person, corporation, association, or from the federal government, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, or from any subdivision of government of this state, for any purpose relating to the promotion or expansion of the arts. Property or artifacts received may be sold, transferred, traded, loaned, or disposed of in any manner consistent with the purposes of this act and any lawful conditions under which such property has been accepted and received by the commission. The commission shall remit all moneys received by or for it under this subsection to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the Kansas arts commission gifts, grants and bequests fund.

      (e)   The commission may accept and receive funds, including funds from the sale of property, real or personal, the acceptance of which is subject to use for a purpose specified by the donor of such funds. The commission shall remit all moneys received by or for it under this subsection to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the Kansas arts commission special gifts fund. All moneys, funds and accounts of the commission shall be subject to post audit under article 11 of chapter 46 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto. Acceptance of real property by the commission for retention by it shall be subject to ratification or rejection by the next succeeding session of the legislature.

      (f)   The commission may enter into agreement with other states, or with the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof, having duties or functions similar to the commission, or with private associations or corporations, or with private or public colleges or universities, or with any public or private school, or with individual persons, for any purpose consistent with the objectives and purposes of this act.

      (g)   The commission may prepare, promulgate or publish advertising and promotional books, pamphlets and materials consistent with the purposes of this act, and shall prepare and publish reports or surveys containing information relating to the arts and the activities of the commission or other agencies, public or private, as may be requested by the governor or the legislature.

      (h)   The commission may formulate, in cooperation with the state board of education, programs furthering the arts in education, including artists-in-residence programs. Such programs shall be designed to foster a greater understanding and knowledge of the arts, to utilize the arts as an intellectual stimulus, to utilize the arts as an aid in dealing with personal and social adjustment problems or learning disabilities, and to facilitate and to improve other academic courses or programs by using the arts as an educational tool and medium. The commission may disseminate information about such programs. Any board of education or the governing body of any other political subdivision, or any agent or employee thereof, may request information on such programs or request to participate in such programs, and such board of education or governing body may implement such programs within such political subdivision.

      (i)   The commission may appoint an executive director who shall be in the unclassified service under the Kansas civil service act and who shall receive an annual salary fixed by the commission and approved by the governor. The commission may appoint other necessary employees who shall be in the classified service of the Kansas civil service act.

      (j)   All expenditures of the commission shall be made in accordance with appropriation acts upon warrants of the director of accounts and reports issued pursuant to vouchers approved by the chairperson of the commission or by a person or persons designated by the chairperson.

      (k)   The commission may do any and all other acts or things as may be deemed necessary and convenient by the commission to foster and promote the development of the arts in this state.

      History:   L. 1965, ch. 449, § 4; L. 1973, ch. 330, § 2; L. 1975, ch. 414, § 1; L. 1982, ch. 321, § 1; L. 2000, ch. 41, § 2; L. 2001, ch. 5, § 329; July 1.