A resurgence and invigoration of the art scene in Topeka has occurred in recent years with the opening of NOTO (North Topeka Arts District), First Friday Art Walks, relocation of young artists to Topeka, and established artists opening studios. The Topeka High Art Department has jumped on the art bandwagon by participating in several First Friday Art Walks showcasing student work.
A THS Graduate Art Show opened on March 4th, 2012 in the THS Art Gallery, as a stop on Topeka’s First Friday Art Walk. Showcased pieces were created by graduates who have become professional artists, alongside pieces designed by weekend hobbyists. Artists donated their work and silent bidding began that evening. A portion of the proceeds were used to purchase non-budgeted equipment for the THS Art Department and display equipment for the Art Gallery.