Art Nine Disc Golf Course

Apply Now! The Call for Artists is Open.Disc Golf 4

Are you an artist residing within a 250-mile radius of the Kansas City metro area with a special interest in permanent public art installations... and disc golf too? View the project details below and apply to be considered for this project today!

Qualifications are due by Thursday, June 8th.Button_Public Art RFQ and Project Plan Opens in new windowButton_Public Art Submit Your Qualifications Opens in new window

Virtual Open House Resources Available for Artists

A virtual open house was held on May 3 at 11:00 AM to offer an overview of the project, a review of how to apply, and an opportunity to ask questions. The presentation and Q&A from the virtual open house can be found below.Button_Open House Presentation Opens in new windowButton_Open House Presentation Opens in new window

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Project Overview

The Public Art Program is interested in commissioning artists to create site-specific, permanent sculptures at the Art Nine disc golf course located at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219. It is the goal of this project to hire three artists/artist teams to each create a series of three art pieces. With nine total sculptures, placement will occur in proximity to each of the nine tees.

The goals for the Art Nine Disc Golf Course are to:

  • Encourage the discovery of disc golf as a fun, healthy and relatively inexpensive pastime for individuals and families.  
  • Use art to highlight and celebrate the natural environment within Shawnee Mission Park including native flora, fauna, animals, birds, and unique features of the park. The artist may find inspiration for their design by spending time in this park, utilizing resources provided in this document, or visiting with JCPRD staff. 
  • Create whimsical art sculptures that can be enjoyed by disc golfers and park patrons.
  • Celebrate the role that art and artists play in our community and in our economy.

Artist Eligibility:

The public art opportunity is open to professional artists residing within 250 miles of the Kansas City area including Kansas City, St. Louis, Wichita, Omaha, Lincoln, Fayetteville, Bentonville, Hutchinson, Emporia, Topeka, Manhattan, Lawrence, Columbia, and others. 

250-mi radius from KC

Tentative Timeline:

April 13, 2023

Issue call for artists

May 3, 2023

Virtual open house (11 – 11:30 AM @ Zoom)

June 8, 2023

Artist qualifications due

June 14, 2023

ASC meets to determine 6 finalists

June 29, 2023

Optional site visit for 6 finalists

August 3, 2023

Artists present concept proposals to ASC virtually

August 7 - 21, 2023

Community feedback

August 22, 2023

ASC meets to determine 3 winners and assign tee locations

Design proposal / finalization

August 29, 2023

Public Art Committee approval

September 20, 2023

JCPRD Board approval, contract initiated

Oct 2023 - Feb 2024


March - April 2024

Site preparation, art installation

May 2024

Ribbon cutting / community engagement event

Art Selection Committee

The Art Nine Disc Golf Course Art Selection Committee (ASC) will review artist qualifications and design proposals, ultimately selecting 3 artists to complete 9 art sculptures for the "Art Nine" disc golf course.

  • Bill Maasen, JCPRD Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses
  • Clifton Alexander, Artist and Disc Golf Advocate
  • Kelby Hellwig, JCPRD Central Region Park Manager
  • Susan Mong, JCPRD Superintendent of Culture
  • Yolonda Guyton, JCPRD Planning & Development Department + Public Art Committee Liaison
  • Rich Smith, Kansas Flying Disc Association
  • Laura Hayes, Disc Golf Advocate
  • Lenexa Arts Council / Community Art Advocate
  • Jen Newell, administrative support, non-voting