2017- Build a Better World

It’s that time of year again. School is out and you are looking for something to do, something that’s FUN, something that you can’t do anywhere else in Topeka…

Help create the summer exhibit at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery! Together we will explore our world in the 16th Annual Art Exhibit for Children. On this journey we will build houses, grow a garden and play together on the playground. Through discovery, exploration and play you will unlock your inner artist and help this exhibit grow. Working together we can Build a Better World.


This year’s summer exhibit is divided into 3 areas: Homes, Gardens and Playgrounds.


  • Explore different types of homes, learn about innovative building techniques and use your imagination to create a Lego home


  • Help grow our paper garden and discover how to reuse space to grow food and bring beauty to our community


  • Play, meet new friends and work together to solve problems on the playground or at our Minecraft stations

Take part in this art exhibit full of discovery, creativity and play. Build a Better World will run from June 3 – July 30.


Lego Homes
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Use your imagination to build a Lego home. How big can you make yours? What color will it be? Make sure to take a picture of your home and add it to the the photo wall.

Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Work by yourself or with friends to create your own Minecraft world.

Grow the Garden: Art Installation
Every Tuesday and Thursday starting June 6, 2017 | 1-2:30 p.m.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Kids will work with an artist to create a garden installation in the gallery. Each week there will be different sculptures to build and add such as native flowers, birds and insects. Try different techniques and materials as we build together.
8-12 years

Pop-Up Program: Recycled/Biodegradable Seedling Pots
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Entry Gallery
Build a better world for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators! Make a biodegradable seedling pot from a recycled paper towel tube and then plant it with Zinnia seeds. Nectar from the flowers that grow will provide energy for Monarch butterflies on their migration journeys.

Build a Better World: Cyanotypes
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Use the sun to make amazing nature prints.

Build a Better World: Seed and Leaf Imprints
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
School is just around the corner! Make lasting seed and leaf imprints so you can remember all the fun you had this summer at the Sabatini Gallery!


Zan Popp

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.