The atmosphere inside the Dillon House on Saturday evening was lively as more than 100 people gathered for the fourth annual Arty Party, a fundraiser hosted by nonprofit ARTSConnect.

Participants were able to mingle, eat, dance and color at the event.

This year’s Arty Party focused on the Brown v. Board of Education mural, which will be painted on the south-facing wall of the Hill and Co. building at 1424 S.E. Monroe St.

As part of the event, attendees were given an opportunity to participate in an interactive piece of artwork. Each guest was given a small, square piece of paper that contained part of the Brown v. Board mural. They were instructed to color in the piece of paper and turn it in so the artwork could be reassembled and revealed to the guests.

The planned mural will include images of Rosa Parks, Mahatma Ghandi, Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

During the event, Sarah Fizell, executive director of ARTSConnect, spoke about the event's purpose, saying it gives people an opportunity to celebrate the painting of the mural.

“Anybody is welcome to paint the wall,” Fizell said. “It’s going to take all of our hands, and that’s the point — it should take all of our hands.”

Fizell said 40 young people contributed their designs to the mural, and over 400 people submitted a design.

Michael Toombs, lead artist for the mural painting, said the project will heighten the awareness among the artist community and show people what kind of talent exists in Topeka.

“When arts aren’t thriving, young people don’t have inspiration,” Toombs said. “When artists are reaching out and putting art on the walls, music in the streets, poetry in the air — that inspires young people.”

Chris Omni, who attended the Arty Party for the past three years, echoed Toombs' message, saying art is communication that brings many different people together.

“We are all under one roof, loving art, supporting art, and we get to know cool things about cool people,” Omni said.

Work on the mural is set to begin May 3 with the painting being traced on the wall. Painting will begin May 12.