2016 Annual ReportAbout the Cover Art

About the Cover Art

"Catalyzing Collaboration," by Kriss Wittmann

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Each year, the Annual Report gives us a chance to reflect upon the work of Sunflower and its many partners. This year’s theme — “Catalyzing Collaboration” — encapsulates a variety of efforts in 2016, each of which build upon the strengths of working together toward common goals.

Kriss WittmannTo translate this theme into an illustration, we turned to Kriss Wittmann. We'd worked with Kriss in March this year to illustrate in real-time a Speaker Series event on health equity. She also has illustrated several challenging discussions during Sunflower Advocacy Fellowship sessions. In short, Kriss has an incredible talent for clearly and vividly distilling complex topics into accessible illustrations — seeing her do so live and in the moment is to witness a singular artist in her element. 

In illustrating this year's Annual Report, Kriss has synthesized many elements of the work of Sunflower and our partners in 2016, including…

  • Top-right: The formation of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, which brings together community leaders in a variety of sectors statewide to advocate for public policy aimed at improving the health of Kansans. Learn more about the Alliance in this report’s feature on Advocacy & Policy.
  • Bottom-right: Work by clinics around the state to integrate physical health care and behavioral health care services. Learn more about efforts to integrate care in Kansas clinics in this report’s feature on Health Care.
  • Center and lower-middle: Promotion of civil discourse and seeking common ground as we work to improve public policy for all Kansans. This was a particular focus of Sunflower’s 2016 Advocacy Fellowship class.
  • Bottom-left: Support for efforts to make affordable healthy foods more widely available in rural communities.
  • Winding throughout: Support for efforts in communities around the state to improve the built environment — human-made structures, systems and surroundings that enable individuals to make "the healthy choice, the easy choice," especially in regards to nutrition and physical activity. Learn more in this report's feature on Healthy Living & Active Communities.

We’ve included a download link to a high-resolution version of Kriss' illustration — of course, you are welcome to reproduce it. Thank you for your interest in the work of Sunflower Foundation and our many partners!