TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The 2022 Sunflower Music Festival will host concerts to highlight African-American classical artists at both Washburn University and the Brown v. Board with a national endowment grant.
Washburn University says its annual Sunflower Music Festival has been approved for a $20,000 arts project grant award for its “The Sunflower Musical and the African American Experience 2022.”
Washburn said the project will highlight the achievements of African Americans in classical music by featuring performers, soloists and composers of color, under the direction of prominent African American conductor Andre Raphel.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from the Sunflower Music Festival that help sustain the creative economy of the community,” said NEA Acting President Ann Eilers. “The Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka is among the nation’s arts organizations that use the arts as a source of strength, a pathway to well-being, and provide access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through Arts.”
The University said the project was among 1,248 nationwide totaling $28.8 million that were chosen to secure the first round of FY2022 funding in the category.
Dr David Woods, Grants Editorial Chair of the Sunflower Music Festival Board of Trustees, said: “To be endorsed and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with grants for three consecutive years demonstrates the vitality and strength of the Sunflower Music. Festival and its contribution to the cultural and aesthetic environment of the State of Kansas and the capital Topeka. The 35th season of Tournesol will be one of the best in its history.
Washburn said Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in 1954 was a landmark Supreme Court case that unanimously ruled that the racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional. In 1992, he declared that Congress had named the Monroe School of Topeka a National Historic Site.
The University said the Sunflower Music Festival will celebrate black music and musicians at Festival 2022 in coordination with the Brown v. Board. Concerts will be offered at both Washburn University and the historic site. live concerns will also be broadcast to a diverse online audience.
The festival will take place from June 17 to 25, 2022.
All festival events are free and open to the public. For more information and to plan your participation, click HERE.
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