A vibrant and active artistic culture in Topeka is a result of a commitment to the arts by businesses, patrons, community advocates and other community leaders. As the arts flourish, so does Topeka’s quality of life and economic well-being.
During the ARTSConnect First Friday Artwalk, we find our city filled with art, friends and exciting special events. Every month is different - and every business is different, so please check our Gallery Features page for information each month and then join thousands of people in this fantastic monthly event!
This partnership with the Topeka Police Department, Safe Streets Coalition, Downtown Topeka, Inc., Shawnee County Parks + Rec and the City of Topeka makes Topeka a safer more vibrant, prosperous place to live through the installation of large works of public art. Part of the Topeka Mural Project in 2018 will be a mural painted adjacent to the Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site and you can learn more about this project here!
Funded by the City of Topeka and administered by ARTSConnect, the 2016 & 2017 TopArts Grants Program were each an incredible success. Grants were made available in two categories – public arts & arts access. 14 projects that serve diverse populations across the city of Topeka were awarded grant funding. 2017 grantees included the YWCA Survivor Art Group, Family Service & Guidance Center, the lighting of the historic Topeka water tower, Ballet Folklorico and the Boys & Girls Club of Topeka.