October, 2015

In 2013 the community spoke about wanting to increase civic pride and community involvement. The truth is, there are some highly innovative and collaborative projects occurring in Topeka and Shawnee County. Heartland Visioning has brought a positive light to these through an Awareness Campaign. You may have seen our commercial for Pine Ridge Prep and the Bike Share

Our awareness campaign has produced its third commercial of the year, this time focused on support of Downtown Topeka Inc.  We contracted with Philip (Brail) Watson to produce the music and Dave Uhler of WIBW to produce the video that features Brail's original song and images of downtown.  The hope is to get the community excited about the changes coming to downtown. We want to thank DTI and Bartlett and West for their contributions toward the cost of airing this commercial on all our local stations. The full version release will be sent to you next week! #TopekaProud 
Remember Rosa
At a moment when the country is grappling with issues of racial dynamics, the #RememberRosa Unity Walk aims to provide Topekans with an opportunity to engage with each other, fostering mutual understanding, racial healing and reconciliation. The city of Topeka is poised at an inflection point with significant energy invested by numerous private, civic, and individual entities towards creating a more positive and united community. This community collaboration seeks to reinforce that movement because we're all at our best when we all ride together. 
Join the community on October 2, 5:30 PM to walk together in unity over the Kansas Avenue Bridge. The walk will begin at Great Overland Station end in the NOTO Arts District with a celebration of Topeka's diversity, entertainment, and specialty foods.
Join the conversation online at RememberRosa.com and share your race experience in 6 words or stop by the live Twitter feed after the Unity Walk at the NOTO Arts Center. Learn more about the movement through this short Youtube video. 
Dios De Las Meurtos

Dia de los Muertos is a beloved Mexican holiday remembering loved ones that have passed away. The Tonantzin Society hosts a month long celebration full of activities for the whole community to participate in. The Tonantzin Society is a nonprofit, volunteer organization with the mission to educate and preserve Latino cultural heritage.  

See the Facebook event page here. See full website with listing of events here.
Taking NOTO to the next level

The NOTO Arts District, with the facilitation of Heartland Visioning, will be working with LaMotte West Consulting to assess opportunities to build a plan to take NOTO to the next level.  Stakeholders are very excited about the partnership with John LaMotte, who is a proven community development strategist, and will be sharing more information as the project develops. The NOTO Arts Center has just hired a new Director, Sara O'Keefe. The public can look forward to more programming, arts classes, and opportunities to be involved in the arts.