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Mayor Sly James lays out vision for signature KC arts festival

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Kansas City mayor lays out vision for signature KC arts festival

Mayor Sly James outlined his vision for a signature Kansas City arts festival at the City Council's Finance and Governance Committee meeting at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.
Jill Toyoshiba The Kansas City Star
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