JCPRD recently brought home some awards and honors we’d love to tell you about!
The honors include an Award of Excellence from the Kansas Museum Association for the Johnson County Museum, enshrinement in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for the Kansas City Corporate Challenge and recognition of JCPRD as Corporate Business of the Year by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce.
During KMA’s “Virtual Luncheon” on Nov. 6, The Johnson County Museum was recently recognized with an Award of Excellence from the Kansas Museum Association for its efforts in three areas during the pandemic it is calling “Collect, Curate, Partner, Serve: Johnson County Museum’s Response to COVID-19.” This award is given to an institution whose project or achievements are worthy of special recognition.
The three projects included: launching the Collecting COVID-19 Initiative
in March to document the local community’s experience with COVID-19; producing a temporary exhibit called “Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times,”
which opened June and takes visitors through eras of difficulty in the county’s history - from economic crises to war and from natural disasters to personal tragedies; and producing a second temporary exhibit called “Resilience, Reflection, Rebuilding: Artists Respond to COVID-19,”
which opened Aug. 1 and features works from local artists in response to the pandemic.
“The goal of all three of the projects was to serve the community in the best way that we are able - through educational, historical exhibits; through collecting initiatives to record the present for the future; and by collaborating with other organizations to engage with the community,” said Johnson County Museum Director Mary McMurray, who started at the museum in early April. “The museum adapted quickly to the new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a temporary exhibit in a matter of weeks when we typically schedule exhibits up to three years in advance. To help engage the public, the museum launched a complementary social media campaign highlighting objects and stories from the “Rising to the Challenge” exhibit, while the Arts & Heritage Center and the Arts Council of Johnson County have done something similar to highlight pieces and artists in the “Resilience, Reflection, Rebuilding” exhibit.”
Both located at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, “Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times”
will be on display through spring, while “Resilience, Reflection, Rebuilding: Artists Respond to COVID-19”
will be on display until Jan. 22.
Kansas City Corporate Challenge
was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, which is located in Springfield, Mo., during a ceremony on Nov. 15 which took place at the Hy-Vee Arena in Kansas City.
“We are very excited, and of course we were very honored,” said KCCC Executive Director Lacey Fisher. “Our induction class had some great athletes and coaches and other programs. Just being at this event, we were sitting beside (former KC Royal) Alex Gordon, (former Kansas City Chief) Curlie Culp, (President & CEO of Win for KC) Kathy Nelson, and (Kansas City Chiefs KC Wolf Mascot) Dan Meers. Those are some powerhouses, and so it was pretty humbling to be amongst them.”
KCCC originally applied for enshrinement as part of its 40th anniversary celebration in 2019, but because the Springfield, Mo.,- based organization rotates its annual enshrinement ceremony between Columbia, Mo., St. Louis, and Kansas City, the decision was made to postpone KCCC’s induction until 2020, when the event was scheduled back in Kansas City.
KCCC is the oldest and largest corporate challenge event in the United States. More than 30,000 participants and 250 companies take part in this program each year, which is far more than the Winter and Summer Olympics combined. Since it began in 1980 as a one-weekend event with 18 companies, officials estimate more than 500,000 individuals and approximately 7000 different companies have taken part in KCCC.
JCPRD was recognized as Corporate Business of the Year by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce during the organization’s business awards event, which took place virtually on Nov. 19.
Community outreach, and offering opportunities to the entire metro area to improve mental health through active, clean, and safe parks during this year’s pandemic are among JCPRD’s meaningful contributions cited by chamber officials.
“Our purpose is the serve the Johnson County community by providing recreation, park, culture, and educational opportunities for citizens and visitors,” said JCPRD Executive Director Jeff Stewart. “JCPRD manages over 10,000 acres of park property throughout all of Johnson County, and we offer over 4,000 programs and events each and every year. During this year, in the midst of a pandemic, we are experiencing record-breaking visitation in our parks and trails. Our team has been incredibly creative in finding new ways to provide our recreation programs, our classes, and our services to the community - some of it virtually - and keep everyone safe. We are incredibly honored and excited about this recognition.”
Other nominees in the Corporate Business category for the 2020 NEJC award included AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, IKEA, and Evergy. View a recording
of the award presentations.