we are excited to introduce The 2nd year of TopArts Grantees. the program, funded by the City of Topeka and administered by ARTSConnect, has been an incredible success. The following programs have been selected for funding in 2017.

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Brooksfest - Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration: Bring broader attention to the brilliant work of one of the most important poets in American history and to her strong Topeka roots. Draw a diverse crowd of Topekans together in shared celebration of Brooks’s life and literature, and to promote poetry as a means of creative expression for young people.

YWCA Survivor Art Group: Provide structure and support of a facilitated art group that will assist in the healing process for victims and survivors of violence.

Topeka Community Concert Association Youth Outreach: Provide educational outreach and/or concert opportunities for Topeka/Shawnee County public school children.

Artistic Expressions Healing Arts Initiative with artist John Sebelius @ Veterans Administration: Provide veterans suffering from military-related trauma with a safe environment for non-verbal arts-based forms of expression and healing.

Kansas Ballet Summer Program: Provide free ballet classes and performance opportunities to students during (USD 501) Late Start Fridays in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Topeka.

NOTO ArtReach with artist Patty Kahn: Teach after-school art classes, tied to the Kansas Art Standards and integrate other subject areas into the art medium of mural painting.

Lutheran Fine Arts Council: Provide children grades 2-8 a full theater experience.

Ballet Folklorico: Share Mexican regional dances with Topekans of all ages through special events, school interaction and more.

Family Service & Guidance Center: Provide opportunities for children 8-18 living with mental health issues to create art & express themselves.

Boys & Girls Club of Topeka: Provide a curriculum-based art program for at-risk youth.

Capital City High School Mural: Beautify the student courtyard and provide and avenue for exploring self-expression through the arts along with a sense of ownership and pride.

Lighting the Historic Topeka Water Tower: Provide a large-scale piece of light art which distinguishes our city from other cities and is visible from I-70.

Valeo’s Creations of Hope Gallery: Establish ongoing gallery practices which focus on educating the public on mental health and the social, cultural and historical roles of art therapy, music therapy and the mental health recovery movement.

Performing Arts for Children: Provides live, quality children’s theatre at an affordable price, offering unique cultural opportunities for the children of Topeka.

SEE LISTING OF 2016 GRANTEES HERE