Art and Natural Resources Residency
A virtual open house was held on January 12 at 12:30 pm to field any questions from prospective artists about this project. The Q&A and presentation from the virtual open house can be found below.
In 2022, an artist, working closely with the Natural Resources staff, will be engaged to develop a public-facing project to raise awareness of this work and help people connect to it in new ways.
The goals for the Art and Natural Resources Residency are to:
- Create interactive, artistic experiences that allow park visitors to learn about the land restoration and the ecology and natural systems that make up the JCPRD parks. Specifically, this ANRR will focus on the health of forests and the effect of the invasive species at Shawnee Mission Park.
- Provide a platform for artists to create new, engaging art projects that grow out of an exploration of the work of the Natural Resources team, the process of land restoration, and the ecology and natural systems of JCPRD parks.
- Increase community engagement, awareness, and appreciation related to the JCPRD Natural Resource Plan and the efforts and impact our staff have on the health of our natural ecosystem.
- Support the growth and development of Kansas City regional artists.
Tentative timeline for the project:
Approve Project Plan and Issue Call for Artists
Artist Qualifications Due
Winning Artist Selected
Final Schedule Outlined for Artist Residency
Artist Residency with JCPRD Staff On-Location at Shawnee Mission Park
Design Approved, Fabrication, Workshop Planning
Installation, Workshop, Community Day (dates TBD)
The Art and Natural Resources Residency Art Selection Committee includes:
JCPRD Fine Arts Coordinator
JCPRD Planning & Development
Kansas City Wildlands
JCPRD Superintendent of Culture