Colorful, amazing artwork created by 18 children and teens with mental health issues will be on display at one of Topeka’s most popular First Friday Artwalk stops. The FSGC Works of Heart artwalk stop will be held August 5 at Warehouse 414, 414 S.E. 2nd, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This art preview is part of the exciting buildup to the 10th anniversary Works of Heart Art Event.
The Featured Artists range in age from four to 17, and all of them live with anxiety, depression, ADHD or other mental health issues. Their work ranges from silly and whimsical to stunning and powerful. They will be in attendance at the Artwalk to greet the community and be recognized for their talents. Last year, approximately 750 people attended the two-hour event.
“For a lot of the kids we serve, art has become an integral part of how they express themselves,” said Brenda Mills, FSGC Chief Executive Officer. “We provide art supplies and a place to be creative, and the young people do the rest. The results are absolutely wonderful.”
Over 100 donated pieces from prominent professional artists from across the Midwest – including many from Topeka – will also be on display.
The Artwalk is a special preview of FSGC’s 10th anniversary Works of Heart Art Event which will be held Friday, August 19. Pieces displayed at the Artwalk will be auctioned off to raise money to benefit more than 14,000 children and families FSGC serves each year. Over 350 supporters attended last year’s Works of Heart Event, raising nearly $90,000. This year’s goal is $100,000.
Nearly 150 pieces of artwork were created at a series of Art Nights held for FSGC clients. Fifteen children’s pieces were chosen by the Works of Heart Planning Committee and FSGC staff, and the children and teens that created them were named Works of Heart Featured Artists.
To learn more about the First Friday Artwalk, the Works of Heart Art Event or to purchase event tickets, visit FSGCtopeka.com/worksofheart or call Pam Evans, FSGC Director of Marketing & Development, at 785.232.7902.