In fall 2021, the JCPRD Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners approved a Public Art Master Plan to guide the vision for public art in JCPRD parks, greenways and facilities for the next five years.
JCPRD worked with Via Partnership and SWT Design to guide the planning process, as well as a 15-member Core Team, comprised of residents of Johnson County and local stakeholders, including members the JRPRD Public Art Committee, local artists, arts administrators, and community leaders. Via Partnership is a public art consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience working with communities across North America to develop innovative and successful public art plans and strategies. SWT Design is an integrated landscape architecture based and recently worked with JCPRD to develop its forward-looking Legacy Plan. Additionally, the planning process relied on broad community input, which was gained through county-wide questionnaires, roundtable discussions, community events, and more.
The Meadowbrook Car Show and the Cocktail Event was a benefit in support of the Kansas City Auto Museum and the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County. This event included a cocktail event and an inaugural car show at Meadowbrook Park which featured 100 cars. Over $11,700 was raised to support the new Public Art Program of Johnson County Park and Recreation District. We also enjoyed hearing from the community about public art and what they would like to see in the future. A big thank you to Marcianne Wagner-Heaton, our chalk artist who engaged lots of little ones in this beautiful art!
Mark Allen - JCPRD Planning
Anne Blessing - Leawood Arts Council and Library Foundation
Julie Bilyea – City of Overland Park, Public Art Program
Bob Carlson - JCPRD Board Liaison
Nicole Emanuel - Artist and Founder of InterUrban ArtHouse
Megan Garrett - JCPRD Planning
Angi Hedjuk – InterUrban ArtHouse, CEO
James Martin – KCMO Public Art Commission, Public Art Administrator
Carisa McMullen – Landworks Studio, Principal
Susan Mong – JCPRD Superintendent of Culture
Martin Pyle – Sculptor and member of JoCo Public Art Commission
Hasna Sal - Artist
Shelly Trewolla – Prairie Village Arts Council
Sarah Vanlanduyt – Arts Council of JoCo, Executive Director
Whitney Williamson – Nerman Museum at JCCC