Brittany JoRae’ believes that reaching people in all parts of the city and bringing their voices into dialogues about downtown is essential to its success.
The Highland Park High School graduate is working with Heartland Visioning initiatives to increase diversity.
“Having diversity downtown is important because it allows for people from different backgrounds and different mindsets to see we all have an opportunity for success — we all have a place in our community,” JoRae’ said. “We may be different, but when we choose to come together we show that we are one.”
JoRae’s commitment to downtown deepened in October 2016 when she established a photography studio at 112 S.E. 8th Ave.
Topeka has a lot of “artistic souls,” she said, but not enough platforms. One way to rectify that is through the downtown plaza. It will be a site to showcase talent and a place where organizations and individuals can interact, sharing resources and opportunities. By developing the artistic world, Topeka will better retain its youth, JoRae’ said.
“Being the fully functioning center of Topeka is so vital. We are pumping our blood back into the heart of our city,” JoRae’ said. “Once the heart is steadily beating again, the life blood will begin to flow outward, strengthening the body — and the people are the body.”