In accordance with Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Public Art Master Plan, three artist calls have been opened for the intention of execution and installation in 2022. The three projects include an artist residency program with JCPRD’s Natural Resources team at Shawnee Mission Park, a mural on the south façade of Okun Fieldhouse at Mid-America West Sports Complex, and a temporary art installation at Theatre in the Park. While the residency program focuses on local Kansas City artists, the Okun Fieldhouse and Theatre in the Park calls are open to regional artists within 500 miles of Kansas City.
Interested artists may find the project descriptions and requests for qualifications at JCPRD.com/1308/Public-Art-Program. There is no entry fee associated with these calls and the application deadline is between late January and early February, respective to each project. The Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Public Art Master Plan can be found here: JCPRD.com/DocumentCenter/View/23775/JCPRD-Public-Art-Plan_2021.
The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County will play 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 Development Director Erika Seward at 913-826-3448 or Erika.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnson County Park and Recreation District has been enhancing the lives of the citizens of Johnson County for the past 60+ years through its parks, quality of programs, professionalism, and response to developing trends. The district's contributions to the personal lives of Johnson County's citizens have earned the district local appreciation and national acclaim. Each year, the district records more than 10 million park visitors and participants across its 10,000 acres of parkland, 136 miles of trails, and over 4,000 programs.
Project Summaries and Tentative Timelines
Art and Natural Resources Residency
More information: https://bit.ly/JCPRD-ANRR
The natural resources staff at JCPRD does a tremendous amount of work in JCPRD parks on land restoration - restoring prairies, woodlands, and other habitats that have been disturbed through agriculture and other previous land use, as well as by invasive species. Much of this work happens quietly through the hard work of staff and volunteers and is not widely known or understood by the public. In 2022, an artist, working closely with the natural resources staff, will be engaged to develop a public-facing project to raise awareness of this work and help people connect to it in new ways.
Okun Fieldhouse Mural Project
More information: https://bit.ly/JCPRD-Okun
The Okun Fieldhouse, located within the Mid-America West Sports Complex, hosts a wide variety of adult and youth basketball and volleyball leagues, tournaments, camps, and special events. The south façade of the fieldhouse is also the backdrop for the adjacent baseball/softball fields and is highly visible from the Gary L. Haller Trail in the Mill Creek Streamway Park as well as from arriving vehicles. In 2022, a mural will be added on the south façade of the Okun Fieldhouse that tells Johnson County’s “water stories” by highlighting and celebrating the natural setting of the nearby Mill Creek and the presence of the streamway trail.
Theatre in the Park Temporary Art Installation
More information: https://bit.ly/JCPRD-TIP
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.