Since 2012, Sarah Fizell has served as the executive director of ArtsConnect, which is a multidisciplinary nonprofit arts organization based in Topeka, Kansas. ArtsConnect is focused on promoting the arts through building community connections and broadening the understanding of how the arts enhance our quality of life. This work has been done through massive community mural projects, management of the First Friday Artwalk and working constantly to create opportunities for the development of artists in Topeka.
Fizell spent many years living in Lawrence, Kansas & Washington DC and returned to Topeka in 2007. At the University of Kansas, she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications studies with an emphasis in intercultural communications & women’s studies – but not before spending two years as a ceramics & design major.
At various times, Fizell’s professional career has focused on health policy research, political organizing, advocacy and public relations. Her current position with ArtsConnect is informed by all of this experience – as the work requires Fizell to constantly advocate, coordinate, collaborate and think broadly about how ArtsConnect can best serve the needs of the creative sector in Topeka.