TOPARTS GRANT RECIPIENTS (2016-2019)

The TopArts Grant Program is funded by the City of Topeka and administered by ArtsConnect. There are two tracks for this program, one which funds increased access to arts education and activities and another which supports the creation and maintenance of public works of art. ArtsConnect commissioned an economic impact survey of the arts which was published in 2014. This began a series of strategic efforts to inform and educate city stakeholders about the importance of the arts in our community. We have been the organization offering key advocacy on this issue which has resulted in the establishment and maintenance of this funding. In 2016-2019 combined, more than $125,000 has been granted into the community, reaching thousands of Topekans directly. The program has been funded again as part of the 2020 city budget and we look forward to another round of critical support for the arts in Topeka. Below you will find a complete list of all TopArts grant recipients from 2016-2019.

2019 TopArts Grantees

  • ¡Más adelante! - 1st Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Poetry Spotlight and Outreach

  • 2019 Aaron Douglas Art Fair

  • TARC: Art From the Heart

  • Boys & Girls Club: Art program for at-risk youth

  • John Sebelius: Artistic Expressions

  • Topeka Performing Arts Center: Backstage TPAC

  • Bee Mural @ Zimmerman & Zimmerman near 9th & Quincy

  • Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority: Brown v. Board of Education Mural bus wrap

  • On Stage Live: Classical and Contemporary Music Outreach for Children

  • Clover Gear NOTO Beautification and Extension Project

  • CX1DJS "Building in Music" Work Shop

  • Valeo: Expressive Therapies for the Uninsured

  • Family Service & Guidance Center: Art Day Artists in Residence

  • MURAL: Kansas Ballet's #IAmABalletStar Mural

  • Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey Topeka

  • NOTO Utility Box Murals

  • Poetry for Personal Power: Resilience Message Events

  • Tyson Williams: Smoke Behind Closed Doors

  • Sun Moon Mountains by Robert Tapley Bustamante @ 17th & Adams

  • Sunflower Music Festival

  • Topeka Symphony Youth Ensembles

  • YWCA: Survivor Art Group

  • Last Minute Folk: Folk Music for Seniors

2018 TopArts Grantees

  • Artistic Expressions Healing Arts Initiative @ Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center

  • Great Spaces Music & Arts Series @ Grace Cathedral

  • KC Friends of Alvin Ailey – AileyCamp 2018

  • Summer Ballet with Kansas Ballet @ Boys & Girls Club

  • Aaron Douglas Art Fair @ Aaron Douglas Art Park

  • The Art of Healing @ YWCA Center for Safety & Empowerment

  • Opossum Where Art Thou @ The Topeka Zoo

  • Works of Heart Artists in Residence @ Family Service & Guidance Center

  • Topeka Faces Murals by Patrick Rocha

  • ArtReach @ Topeka Rescue Mission

  • Cruzline Contenders @ Scott Dual Language School, Williams Arts & Science Magnet School, and Topeka High School

  • Topeka Habitat for Humanity Mural

  • Postcard from NOTO Mural

  • Sheffel Theatre Clinic and Schooltime Theatre Series @ Topeka Performing Arts Center

  • Haunted Hotel: Theater of the Mind @ KTWU

  • Senior Outreach Concert Series with Last Minute Folk

  • Brown v. Board Mural Project

2017 TopArts Grantees

  • Brooksfest - Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration

  • YWCA Survivor Art Group

  • Topeka Community Concert Association Youth Outreach

  • Artistic Expressions Healing Arts Initiative with artist John Sebelius @ Veterans Administration

  • Kansas Ballet Summer Program

  • NOTO ArtReach with artist Patty Kahn

  • Lutheran Fine Arts Council

  • Ballet Folklorico

  • Family Service & Guidance Center

  • Boys & Girls Club of Topeka

  • Capital City High School Mural

  • Lighting the Historic Topeka Water Tower

  • Valeo’s Creations of Hope Gallery

  • Performing Arts for Children

2016 TopArts Grantees

  • Mulvane Art Museum – Art After School

  • The Craftivists – Weekly Art Groups for Women & Girls

  • Patty Kahn & Quincy Elementary School – NOTO ArtReach Art Education Program

  • Tonantzin Society – Artist Residency

  • Grace Cathedral – Great Spaces Music & Art Series

  • Kansas Ballet – Early Start Performing Arts @ State Street Elementary

  • Aaron Douglas Art Fair – Interactive Art Activities

  • Last Minute Folk Concert Series – Expanded Outreach & Community Engagement

  • Topeka Symphony Society – Youth Ensembles Scholarship & Tuition Support

  • TARC, Inc. – Art from the Heart

  • Topeka Community Concert Association – Outreach & Community Engagement

  • Lutheran Fine Arts Council of Topeka – Theater Workshop at Topeka Civic Theatre

  • Chesney Park Neighborhood Improvement Association – Great Mural Wall of Topeka

  • The Lighting of Topeka’s Historic Water

  • Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority – Art in Transit Redux @ Quincy Street Station