A total of $432,722 was pledged in the 2012 ArtsKC Fund Campaign, which raises money to support arts organizations, artists and art programs in the Kansas City area.
By DIANE STAFFORD
The Kansas City Star
In the six years of the campaigns existence, nearly $3 million has been given in more than 400 grants.
The goal for this years fundraising was $420,000, supporters heard Friday night at the closing event for this years Art@Work participants, a related event sponsored by the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.
The final total was an 8.1 percent increase from last years pledges.
In this years Art@Work program, about 450 employees at 28 participating companies had visual and performance art entries. Visual finalists have been on display at Union Station, and performance finalists competed at The Blue Room and the Gem Theater.
The ArtsKC Fund was started to encourage more widespread support of the arts beyond regular patrons. The workplace-based campaign receives donations from individuals, companies, nonprofits and foundations.
Kansas City this year allocated $75,000 for the campaign. Mayor Sly James contributed to the closing event with a rendition of My Girl, accompanied by the Midnight Blue Orchestra.
To learn more about the ArtsKC Fund and Art@Work, go to www.artskc.org.
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