ArtsConnect to host the Arty Awards from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 7 at Redbud Park

Six artists, groups and companies have been shortlisted to receive awards at this year’s Arty Awards.

ArtsConnect holds an annual awards ceremony honoring and celebrating the work of the individuals and groups that make up Topeka’s artistic community.

This year’s Arty Award winners will be honored from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 7 at Redbud Park in NOTO.

Tickets for the event cost $ 25 and include access to food, drinks and shows. Tickets can be purchased at

The Topeka Cello Collective will kick off the event with a show at 6 p.m.

The prize giving begins at 7 p.m.

Here is the full list of those who will be honored:

  • 2020 Liz Stratton Arts Champion: Kyler Charpentier. Carpenter is well known in the Topeka community for his work on the weekly Kid’s Jam events at Doughboyz Pizzeria. Carpenter also works with children through the Topeka and Shawnee County Library.
  • Community Arts Award: Topeka High School. The school celebrates its 150th anniversary. Many graduates have pursued careers in the arts. THS is also known for its architecture and collection of interior murals.
  • Literary Arts Prize: Talk about easy poets. The group has long been a stronghold on Topeka’s literary scene. The group connects artists with each other and provides an opportunity to interact with other poets and writers at all skill levels.
  • Performing Arts Award: Topeka cello collective. Topeka Cello Collective is open to all ages, allowing individuals to experience a non-competitive performance environment. The group is under the direction of Erinn Renyer.
  • Glenda Taylor Prize for Visual Arts: Robert Tapley Bustamante. Bustamante played a role in the creation of several murals in Topeka, including the murals “The Common Ground” and Brown v. Board, a mural at the Zimmerman and Zimmerman law firm in downtown Topeka, a new art project in Santa Fe Park, and a new mural in Samuel Jackson Park.
  • Public Prize: Table Ronde bookstore. The Topeka community selected Round Table Bookstore to receive this award. The community finds the bookstore a great place to grab a coffee and find a new favorite book at a local bookstore.
The Topeka Cello Collective will be honored with the Performing Arts Award at this year's Arty Awards.

Brianna Childers is the food and fun journalist for Capital-Journal. Contact her at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ brichilders3.

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