TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! INTERCEPTED DOX: KANSAS CITY NTDF COMMITTEE THREATENED BY CITY HALL E-MAIL DEMANDING SUPPORT FOR MAYOR SLY'S SWOPE PARK ART FESTIVAL!!!
A controversial Kansas City art festival proposed by Mayor Sly James will loot money from other neighborhood events in a favor of this politically motivated effort. The ordinance proposing this event was passed last week from the City Council and now the mandate is being delivered to a local board that must cut other resources in order to support the idea.
To wit . . .
CHECK OUT RESISTANCE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD TOURIST DEVELOPMENT FUND COMMITTEE TO STRONG ARM TACTICS FROM CITY HALL DEMANDING OBEDIENCE FOR A COSTLY AND UNPROVEN ARTY PARTY PROPOSED BY MAYOR SLY JAMES!!!
Here's the word . . .
"Megan is beating up the NTDF Committee for not supporting the $250,000 taken from neighborhoods to support Sly's pet project. She went off to the committee in our last meeting, keep in mind we are appointed by Mayor and Council. This money is to hire an Art Curator for the project."
And now . . .
Check the note INTERCEPTED by our AWESOME BLOG COMMUNITY:
I am pleased to announce that the NTDF Committee recommendations for 3rd Quarter applications and the festival event was approved by City Council today. I want to thank you for your support.
I would like to remind everyone that the festival will support arts, cultural and creative nonprofits and individuals on a citywide for an event to be located in a jewel public space, located within a neighborhood, Swope Park. When the city-initiated festival initially proposed, it was to propose distribution of NTDF funds as intended by state statute and city ordinance under a programmatic framework. When I was asked to submit the proposal in application form, I agreed so that the merit of the proposal could be evaluated in a format that was familiar. However, I will stress again that the OCCS, in making a proposal, does not function as an applicant. The City of KCMO, OCCS, and NTDF remain the funder to distribute the funds to the community that meet the purpose and intention of the program.
I would also ask that in the future, the posted and public meetings be utilized to express the concerns and questions of business agendas. I remain available to each and every one of you to answer questions or provide clarification of this new proposed idea. To hear through the media after the unanimous vote was taken by the committee, that there was discontent within the oversight body, is disconcerting. If there was new information that changed opinions on the vote within the 5 month period that lapsed between NTDF Committee action (May) and Council consideration (October), the Chair or 5 committee members has the ability to place an item on the agenda for further discussion. As Council-appointees, you all have the power and oversight to make recommendations to Council.
Now that Council has approved the item, I ask for your participation in ensuring, not whether, but how this can be most successful for our Kansas City community.
You decide . . .