Monday, September 28, 2009
A Topeka printmaker and screenprinter wants to use art to change people's negative perceptions of the capital city.
Justin Marable is the force behind Rethink Topeka, a project that encourages artists to learn about and visit sites in Topeka.
The 27-year-old wants artists to use their impressions to create paintings, sculpture, poetry, photographs, music, films or other artistic works. Some of their creations will be part of a juried multimedia exhibition that will be held during an art walk on April 17.
About 50 people attended a meeting earlier this month, where they heard a presentation about the project and watched a short film about Porubsky's Deli, 60-year fixture in Topeka's "Little Russia."
The artists then divided into groups with "ambassadors" who escorted them to various sites throughout the city.