The Arts in After-School Programs
Boys and Girls Club of Topeka – $12,000
They provide teens with opportunities to take discarded, or gently used items and re-imagine, reinvent and re-create them into something beautiful and usable. This project will also teach them about business finance, how to use tools, and how to think outside the box.
Heavenly Visions Photography – $4,230
Eyes of Wisdom (EoW) is an initiative to engage underserved Topeka youth with the art of photography. With guidance from community volunteers experienced in education and photography, EoW youth will photograph and chronicle the lives of elderly members of the community, promoting an appreciation of both heritage and art. Salvation Army of Topeka – $3,000
Kansas Ballet Company – $3,756
Kansas Ballet Company will provide a weekly ballet class at State Street Elementary. In addition to ballet class, students will receive an introduction to ballet history and other interesting traditions and facts associated with the art form.
Mulvane Art Museum – $7,000
Art After School (AAS) offers a focused way to present hands-on art education to youth whose access to the arts is limited or non-existing. AAS will provide 200 separate art classes in the community and 30 art classes at the museum.
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library – $3,000
The Open Book project extends the popular after-school art program by incorporating a new series of sessions focused on printmaking and creative collaboration. Students will work together to learn and engage in techniques of printmaking to design and create a book of their own.
YWCA – $5,174
“Art is My Voice” is a 12-15 week program to be implemented in 9 after school programs which focuses on introducing students to various art types, allowing them to create different mediums and showcasing their artwork for public viewing.
Financial Literacy Programs
Community Action – $4,000
Funds will be used to integrate financial literacy training into their existing English language classes for recent Latino immigrant adults.