The Aaron Douglas Art Fair, inspired by the completion of the Aaron Douglas Celebration Mural, has been an annual event since 2006. The intent was to create a one-day classic art fair environment in order to showcase diverse and emerging artists, to celebrate community and to continue the legacy of world-renowned Topeka-born artist Aaron Douglas. The fair is totally run by a dynamic all-volunteer board and community volunteers. Admission is free!
Look for 30-50 artist booths, main-stage music, a second stage for acoustic music and other performing arts, a Kids Zone with a wide variety of art activities, an interactive art activity for all fairgoers, and a variety of food booths hosted by neighborhood groups.
The Aaron Douglas Art Park is located at the southwest corner of 12th and Lane in the city's Tennessee Town neighborhood. The park is anchored by a mural which was organized, fund raised and painted by residents of Central Topeka in 2005. The mural recreates Topeka artist Aaron Douglas's mural, "Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery Through Reconstruction," depicting black Africans as they were taken from their homeland and brought to America as slaves. Douglas was commissioned in 1934 to paint the mural for the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) at a Harlem branch of the New York Public Library.