The mission of the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center art exhibitions program is to celebrate the diversity and rich culture of our home. It is our goal to create thought-provoking exhibitions that encourage a new perspective of Johnson County’s place within the global community.
Many of the works in the exhibit are available for purchase directly through the artist, and all proceeds are retained by the artist. All art exhibitions are free to view by the public. See calendar below for this year's exhibition schedule.
This show is the second chapter in the KC beaded Quilt. In 2019 GK Callahan and Laura White embarked on an important community art project, working with the blind and deaf-blind communities of the greater Kansas City area to craft the KC Beaded Quilt. The quilt, made with over 1200 squares and 330,000 fuse beads, was put together with the help of more than 10 KC area non-profits and their patrons. This art project brought the blind and deaf-blind communities together. Added benefits were aiding its creators in finger dexterity, color & shape recognition, and, most importantly, socialization.
Finding newfound confidence and a sense of self in the beading process, Laura White took the lead for this second chapter. Laura has created 14 unique designs from memory. Her visual concept for each quilt came from the past inspiration of quilts she loved before she began to lose her sight. Although Laura is showcasing her designs, she is still working with fellow artists GK Callahan and community organizations such as The Kansas State School for the Blind and The Whole Person as a way to use art to help bring people together and improve lives.
In 2019, recognizing the growing role that art and culture plays in their mission, as well in as the way people experience parks, the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District (JCPRD) launched a Public Art Program to serve their many parks, trails, facilities, green spaces, and recreational spaces. Images of, and the stories behind, each of JCPRD's Public Art Installations is showcased indoors at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center as a way to connect our many facilities and art endeavors across the district.