The first year of the TopArts Grants program, largely funded by the City of Topeka and administered by ARTSConnect, has been an incredible success.

A total of $36,100 in grants were awarded to 15 projects which serve diverse populations across the city of Topeka. 

2016 TopArts grantees are:

  • 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 @ Scott Dual Language & Quincy Elementary Schools
  • 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 – Expanded Outreach & Community Engagement
  • Lutheran Fine Arts Council of Topeka – Theater Workshop @ 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 

Grants were made available in two categories – public arts & arts access. It is estimated that the TopArts Access grant program alone will reach nearly 18,000 people in our community through direct programming. Moreover, 130,000+ residents and visitors throughout the year will be impacted by the public art project that received funding.