Theatre in the Park Temporary Art Installation
A virtual open house was held on January 12 at 12:00 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.
The Theatre in the Park is located on 10 acres in the northeast corner of Shawnee Mission Park. Each summer, Theatre in the Park presents five popular Broadway-style musicals, with casts featuring actors from the surrounding community. The season culminates with Evening in the Park, an annual, free summertime party in Shawnee Mission Park featuring live music and a movie.
In 2022, as an added feature to Theatre in the Park, the Public Art Program will commission a temporary public art project to add a fun, interactive, and magical component to this much-loved community tradition.
The goals for the Theatre in the Park temporary art installation are to:
- Engage visitors in Shawnee Mission Park and attendees of Theatre in the Park with work that is fun, interactive and/or participatory.
- Create a sense of magic in the park and around Theatre in the Park that can be enjoyed during daylight and evening hours.
- Provide opportunities for local and regional artists.
Tentative timeline for the project:
December 2021 / January 2022
Issue Call for Artists
Artist Qualifications Due
Finalists Present Concept Proposals
Winning Design Selected, JCPRD Board Approval
April / May 2022
Finalize Design and Fabrication
Installation / Artist Led Program (dates TBD)
August / September 2022
Photos of the front entrance of Theatre in the Park, where the piece will be located:
The Theatre in the Park Art Selection Committee includes:
JCPRD Culture Division / Theatre in the Park
JCPRD Parks & Golf Courses
JCPRD Superintendent of Culture
City of Shawnee
JCPRD Planning & Development
Theatre Advisory Council Member & Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Public Art Committee