Theatre in the Park Temporary Art Installation

This call for artists is now closed.

The artwork will be officially revealed at the opening of the 2023 Theatre in the Park Season on Friday, June 2. Interested in seeing the show that night too? Purchase Freaky Friday tickets here!

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Project Overview

Theatre in the Park (TIP) 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 welcomes over 26,000 attendees over the course of a summer, culminating with Evening in the Park, a free summertime party featuring live music and a movie. As an added feature to Theatre in the Park, a temporary public art project will be installed to create a fun, interactive, and magical component to this much-loved community tradition.

The goals for the temporary public art at Theatre in the Park are to:

  • Engage visitors of Shawnee Mission Park and attendees of Theatre in the Park with an artwork 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. Artists are encouraged to incorporate lighting as part of their design.
  • Create a piece that is site specific and inspired by the usage and visitation.
  • Provide opportunities for local and regional artists.

Additional Resources

The Theatre in the Park Art Selection Committee includes:

  • Tim Bair, Producing Artistic Director of Theatre in the Park
  • Kelby Hellwig, JCPRD Central Region Park Manager
  • Susan Mong, Superintendent of Culture
  • Rodney Riffle, Public Art Committee Representative / JCPRD Planning & Development
  • Jonathan Thomas, Theatre Advisory Council member
  • Catherine Kirkland, Community Artist
  • DeAnn Gould-Lancaster, Community Art Advocate

TIP 2023 Art Selection CommitteePictured, left to right: DeAnne Gould-Lancaster, Catherine Kirkland, Jonathan Thomas, Tim Bair, Susan Mong, Kelby Hellwig. Not pictured: Rodney Riffle.

Tentative Timeline

November 17, 2022

Artist Call Opens on CaFE

December 6, 2022

Virtual Open House / Informational Session

December 29, 2022

Artists Qualifications Due (by 11:59 PM) 

January 12, 2023 

ASC Selects Finalists

February 3, 2023

Pre-Proposal Site Visit with Finalists

February 24, 2023

Finalists Present Concept Proposals to ASC

February 28, 2023

ASC Selects Final Artist / Design

March 15, 2023

JCPRD Board Approval of Selected Artist / Design  

March & April 2023

Finalize Design and Fabrication 

May 2023

Installation (with completion by May 31)

June 2, 2023

Artwork “Unveiled” at Theatre in the Park Season Opening

July 2023

Community Engagement Activity

Fall 2023 with possibility of extending into 2024

Artwork Deinstallation (details will be coordinated in contract)

Looking for information about the 2022 Theatre in the Park Temporary Public Art Project? Click here!

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Symbiosis by Matthew Dehaemers


JCPRD's Public Art Vision Statement

Public art in JCPRD parks, trails and facilities will inspire a deeper connection to place through interactive, immersive, and inclusive experiences.Button_Public Art Master Plan Opens in new window

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. The foundation 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].

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