Arthur & Betty Verhaeghe Park Mural Project

We are no longer accepting applications for this project (closed on February 27, 2024).

Finalists will be selected in early March and asked to create design proposals for the mural. These proposals will be shared on this page from April 8 - 21 for a community feedback period. We encourage you to come back and visit this page then!

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Project Overview

The JCPRD Public Art Program is interested in commissioning an artist or artist team to create an agrarian-themed, permanent mural for the Arthur & Betty Verhaeghe Park shelter, located at 11401 West 167th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221, to honor the 100-year history of farming at this site.

This project is generously sponsored by the Verhaeghe Family.

Project Goals:

  • Visually represent the agrarian/farming history of this site by incorporating various forms of agriculture including row crops, bedding plants, cattle grazing, orchards, truck farming, and/or dairy farming.
  • Inspire a sense of curiosity and interconnection with this park and its community garden.
  • Feature the flora, fauna, and waterways that are native to this area to inspire visitors to appreciate, discover, and protect these vital natural resources.
  • 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 or artist teams residing within 100 miles of Overland Park, Kansas, with preference given to artists living in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. This 100-mile radius includes artists residing in the Kansas City region as well as Lawrence, Ottawa, Topeka, Manhattan, Emporia, Chanute, Fort Scott, Sedalia, Warrensburg, St Joseph, Atchison and more. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact us at [email protected].

Artist Stipend:

The artist stipend for this project is $10,000. This stipend, payable to the artist, includes all expenses related to fabrication and installation of the mural, including but not limited to, supplies, equipment rental, installation, UV and graffiti coating, and travel expenses.

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The Arthur & Betty Verhaeghe Park Mural Art Selection Committee includes:

  • Adrienne Newlin, Neighborhood Representative
  • Anne Blessing, Public Art Committee
  • Gordon Verhaeghe, Verhaeghe Family
  • Susan Mong, JCPRD Superintendent of Culture
  • Steve Hines, Community Representative
  • TJ Harvey, JCPRD Verhaeghe Park staff
  • Jen Newell, non-voting, administrative support