Public Art Program

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Project in Process Fall 2022

Art and Natural Resources Residency with Kirsten Taylor

Location: Orange Trail at Shawnee Mission Park
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Coming Soon in Fall 2022

“Gateway” by Amie Jacobsen

Location: Meadowbrook Park
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Completed Project - On Display Now!

“Rebirth” by ITRAicons

Location: Okun Fieldhouse at Mid-America West Sports Complex
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Past Project - Summer 2022

“Symbiosis” by Matthew Dehaemers

Location: Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park
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About the JCPRD Public Art Program

 In 2019, recognizing the growing role that art and culture plays in their mission, as well in as the way people experience parks, the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District (JCPRD) launched a Public Art Program to serve their many parks, trails, facilities, green spaces, and recreational spaces. As a first step in launching this new program, JCPRD recognized the need to have a plan that charts a course for how the Public Art Program can best serve this unique organization’s mission and the residents of Johnson County.

The JCPRD Public Art Plan was developed through a six-month process that engaged community members, the Public Art Committee (PAC), a Public Art Plan Core Team comprised of community stakeholders, and an Internal Committee comprised of JCPRD staff from divisions across the agency that will have a role in the successful implementation of the plan.

This plan is meant to be a valuable and often-consulted tool for the JCPRD staff, JCPRD Board, and the Public Art Committee. It establishes a vision, goals, and strategies to guide this new program. The plan also provides a roadmap to guide the program’s work, including a set of recommended public art opportunities and administrative tools and processes to help get the work done.

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Public Art Committee

The Public Art Committee will accept applications year around, but new members are not considered until the 4th quarter of each year. The start of each new term begins in January and is 3 years in length. The commitment includes bimonthly meetings at a recurring time. If you are interested in applying to become a part of the committee, please submit your application here!

Learn more about our 2022 PAC members here.

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Art Selection Committees

An Art Selection Committee is individuals appointed by the Public Art Committee to recommend artists, propose artwork and budget expenditures for a public art project. A new committee is established uniquely for each project. If you are interested in applying to become a part of a committee, please submit your application here!

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Generous Support

The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County plays a crucial role in the fulfillment of JCPRD’s Public Art Program through the procurement of grants and donations. We are incredibly grateful for the following funders for their support.

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JCPRD's  was supported in part by The AT&T Foundation.

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JCPRD's Art and Natural Resources Residency was supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Carol and Fred Logan

The Parks & Recreation Foundation of Johnson County would like to acknowledge Carol and Fred Logan of Leawood for their 2022 pledge of $30,000 over three years in support of the JCPRD Public Art Program.

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Supporting the JCPRD Public Art Program

The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County continues to seek support for future projects through corporate and private funders. Those interested in becoming involved with public art initiatives are encouraged to contact Susan Mong, Superintendent of Culture, at 913-715-2573 or [email protected]. If you would like to make an online donation in support of the JCPRD Public Art Program, please visit the The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County website. Thank you in advance for your generosity! 

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Past Projects

JPCRD was fortunate to work with a local artist in 2018 to conduct a temporary public art project as a way for the staff and board to understand the best way to move forward and gain public input. Artist, Ann-Marie Yang, created the piece, “Ephemeral Peace,” which was installed at Lexington Lake Park in De Soto for a 6-month period. This project allowed JCPRD to build a framework, gather community feedback, and determine the best funding mechanism to sustain the program. Learn More About This Artist: Ann-Marie Yang.

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