The Topeka Mural Project has been awarded a $10,000 grant to continue our work!!! The next site will be the Avondale East NET Reach center in the High Crest Neighborhood (455 Golf View Drive). Read the press release here.
ARTSConnect has formed a partnership with the Topeka Police Department, Safe Streets Coalition, and Downtown Topeka, Inc. to bring art to the public while assisting police in lowering crime and making our neighborhoods safer. The partnership is striving for an impact in the community by developing ownership and pride through shared involvement in painting murals to cover and abate graffiti.
The first mural was dedicated to the community on June 7, 2013 – located at 1120 NE Seward, designed by Jamie Colon & Maria Guzman and painted by more than 50 members of the community. Read the article from the Topeka Capital-Journal about the dedication ceremony here.
There is much research that suggests public art as a solution to property crime as well as enhancing community pride and livability. The paintings offer an opportunity to reflect a neighborhood’s heritage, promote the work of local artists and provide an opportunity for a community to get to know their neighbors while working for the common good.
Property values will increase as citizens feel safe to invest in their property. Overall quality of life will increase, and this will make Topeka more attractive to businesses to open or relocate, adding to the city’s economic base.
We need your help. Be part of the solution, display your talents, be discovered, and take pride in your neighborhood.
Sketch and submit a mural design to ARTSConnect by email or by postal mail (515 SE Kansas Ave. Topeka KS, 66603), and artists will be notified as we select murals to fit in locations around Topeka.
Not an artist? Not a problem. We need financial support as well. Make a donation to ARTSConnect: we are a 501(c)(3) organization. Checks can be made out to ARTSConnect Topeka; Attn: Mural Project. Or, you can always donate online.
Unable to make a donation? You can still help. Watch for times and dates for mural project locations and come on out and help paint. We’d love to have you.