Monday, April 15, 2019
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY ARTSY 'OPEN SPACES' WAS AN EPIC FAIL COSTING TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $1-MILLION!!!
As usual, the denizens of our blog community have been proven correct in their artsy criticsm and complaints of 12th & Oak cash waste. Here's follow-up on a story WE broke last year . . .
TKC CONFIRMED: OPEN SPACES WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST WASTES OF TAXPAYER CASH DURING MAYOR SLY'S TENURE!!!
Our blog community reported this FIRST back in October and offered a look at some of the players involved in the hot mess.
Then we provided a glimpse at some of the sparse crowds that didn't live up to the hype for the event:
The climax was October 2018 weekend concert FAIL that didn't earn much attendance at all:
And now, AFTER THE TKC BLOG COMMUNITY REPORTED IT FIRST, here's just a but of confirmation form a lesser news source editorial:
The city contributed nearly $1 million to last fall’s ambitious Open Spaces 2018 visual and performing arts exhibition. About $875,000 of the festivals’ $3 million-plus budget came from the city’s coffers.
The tally included $500,000 from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. The city is also on the hook for a $375,000 loan to KC Creates, the nonprofit entity that produced Open Spaces.
A city spokesman said the loan was a short-term solution to help KC Creates cover cash-flow issues.
One last look at the kick-off and all the high-class locals enjoying the artsy freebie introduced by Mayor Sly:
Locals complain about the pricey 18th & Vine or the P&L District and those gripes are justified . . . But let's not overlook this lavish festival of waste and hype from the Sly James Administration and the city "Office Of Cultural & Creative Services" department that needs to be SHUT DOWN to ensure this waste doesn't happen again.
You decide . . .