Public Art Program

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Open Artist Calls - Apply Today!

Arthur & Betty Verhaeghe Park Mural

Applications Due: Tuesday, February 27

Location: Arthur & Betty Verhaeghe Park in Overland Park, KS
This project is generously sponsored by the Verhaeghe Family.
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2024 JCPRD Poster Project

Applications Due: Tuesday, March 26

We are proud to bring back this project for its 2nd year, featuring four new parks!
This project is generously sponsored by AT&T.
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Heritage Park Public Art Project (Potawatomi Trail of Death)

Applications Due: Tuesday, April 2

Location: Heritage Park in Olathe, KS
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2023 Completed Projects - On Display Now!

2023 JCPRD Poster Collection

Parks Featured: Big Bull Creek, Cedar Niles, Lexington Lake, Shawnee Mission Park
Artists Featured: Tad Carpenter, Daniel Bartle, Luke Wittman, Michael Perry
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"Cloud Cover" by Chris Dahlquist

as part of the 2023-2024 Theatre in the Park Temporary Art Installation

Location: Theatre in the Park at Shawnee Mission Park
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"Restoring Refuge" by Cydney Ross and Alix Daniel

Location: Kill Creek Park
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Projects in Process

"Art Nine" Disc Golf Course

Location: Shawnee Mission Park
Course completion and art installation is anticipated for Spring 2024.
Learn more about this project!

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Explore Public Art - Permanent Installations

“Gateway” by Amie Jacobsen

Location: Meadowbrook Park
Installed: October 2022
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“Rebirth” by ITRAicons

Location: Okun Fieldhouse at Mid-America West Sports Complex
Installed: August 2022
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Past Projects - Temporary Installations

“Symbiosis” by Matthew Dehaemers

as part of the 2022 Theatre in the Park Temporary Art Installation

Display Dates: Summer 2022 only
Location: Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park
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"A Seat at the Table" Temporary Installation by Kirsten Taylor

as part of the 2022 Art and Natural Resources Residency

Display Dates: Fall 2022 only
Location: Orange Trail at Shawnee Mission Park
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About the Public Art Program

 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. As a first step in launching this new program, JCPRD recognized the need to have a plan that charts a course for how the Public Art Program can best serve this unique organization’s mission and the residents of Johnson County.

The JCPRD Public Art Plan was developed through a six-month process that engaged community members, the Public Art Committee (PAC), a Public Art Plan Core Team comprised of community stakeholders, and an Internal Committee comprised of JCPRD staff from divisions across the agency that will have a role in the successful implementation of the plan.

This plan is meant to be a valuable and often-consulted tool for the JCPRD staff, JCPRD Board, and the Public Art Committee. It establishes a vision, goals, and strategies to guide this new program. The plan also provides a roadmap to guide the program’s work, including a set of recommended public art opportunities and administrative tools and processes to help get the work done.

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Generous Support

The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County plays a crucial role in the fulfillment of JCPRD’s Public Art Program through the procurement of grants and donations. We are incredibly grateful for the following funders for their support.

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The was supported in part by AT&T.
The 2024 JCPRD Poster Project was supported in full by AT&T.


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The 2022 Art and Natural Resources Residency was supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.



Carol and Fred Logan

The Parks & Recreation Foundation of Johnson County would like to acknowledge Carol and Fred Logan of Leawood for their 2022 pledge of $30,000 over three years in support of the JCPRD Public Art Program.


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Supporting the JCPRD Public Art Program

The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County 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 Susan Mong, Superintendent of Culture, at 913-715-2573 or [email protected]. If you would like to make an online donation in support of the JCPRD Public Art Program, please visit the The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County website. Thank you in advance for your generosity!