The crew from the Star Trek Enterprise made a stop in Kansas City to warn people about what the future will look like in a world without funding for the arts. ArtsKC's award luncheon and campaign kick-off honored businesses including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, McCownGordon Construction and Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP for their outstanding leadership in the arts in 2011. In addition to celebrating these honorees, attendees learned that the future looks grim without more supporters like them.
Here is an excerpt from the Star Trek Enterprise crew:
Anyway, we have been investigating when Kansas City began to fall, and we have pinpointed the critical year as 2012. The country was in a recession. The future was uncertain. 2012 was the year that arts funding started dwindling, and artists began to leave the city for more supportive locations. Spock?
When that happened, local hotels, restaurants, and many other businesses found they could not pull in enough residents to make up for the loss.
Many buildings that had been the home of arts events in previous years were converted into businesses.
Workers with nothing to do on the weekend took jobs in other cities… Cities with thriving arts communities.
Businesses closed. The city was abandoned and fell to ruin….This is a critical time for arts in Kansas City, true, but it is possible to save the thriving arts community here. In fact, it is essential. The universe depends on it.
*photo credit Kyle Rivas