Saturday, September 30, 2017
Kansas City Saturday Night Playlist: Local Creative Class Subsidy FAILS Arts Community
Just a quick fact check about City Hall supporting the so-called "Creative Class" in Kansas City that has turned into yet another self-defeating system of slush funds and local mediocrity.
There are plenty of example of KCMO artistic corruption but we believe that Art in the Loop is one of the worst offenders.
From their website: "The mission of the Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is to contribute to the visual identity, enrichment, and revitalization of Downtown Kansas City, create new opportunities for artistic development, and expand public interaction with new art of excellence."
This effort is backed by City Hall & The Downtown Council and it basically funds, supports and offers grants to some of the absolute worst artists Kansas City has ever seen who are paid to sing, paint and celebrate everything from the streetcar to new condos.
On the other end of the spectrum, tonight a Kansas City comedian and writer will make her debut on SNL and her success was achieved by ditching this town, finding work in the REAL WORLD entertainment industry and finally hitting the big time on national TV this evening.
While our blog community has differing views on what constitutes entertainment . . . Let's not overlook the lesson. While taxpayers are forced to fund low rent "artistic" types in order to promote a sketchy development vision based on hype. In the real world, Kansas City is home to much more talented people who seek better opportunities playing to a real audience that isn't propped up by government backed schemes.
This phenomena is manifested in many different fields as support for the arts or jazz has long been a means to justify political payoffs. However, tonight we just wanted to offer a bit of hope for some locals who have bucked this trend and achieved far greater success away from more local government corruption.
And so our playlist is dedicated to Saturday Night . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.