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.