Okun Fieldhouse Mural Project
A virtual open house was held on January 12 at 11:30 am to field any questions from prospective artists about this project. The Q&A and presentation from the virtual open house can be found below.
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.
The goals for the Okun Fieldhouse public art project are to:
- Bring visual interest and beauty to the blank façade.
- Tell one of Johnson County’s “water stories” by highlighting and celebrating the natural setting of the nearby Mill Creek and the presence of the Streamway Trail.
- Inspire a sense of curiosity and interconnection with nature that is within steps of this site.
- Feature visually the native flora, fauna, birds, animals, water ways, and native trees from the area to inspire visitors to appreciate, discover, and protect these vital natural resources.
- Build capacity and invest in the local arts community of Kansas City by providing educational opportunities/shadowing for local artists aspiring to this work.
Late December 2021
Issue Call for Artists
Artist Qualifications Due
Application Review by Art Selection Committee
Finalists Present Concept Proposals
Winning Design Selected
JCPRD Board Approval
June - September 2022
Site Preparation & Mural Installation
September - October 2022
Mural Dedication and Community Engagement Event (dates TBD)
The Okun Fieldhouse Art Selection Committee includes:
JCPRD Planning & Development
JCPRD Sports & Facilities North Manager
City of Shawnee
JCPRD Superintendent of Culture
JCPRD Assistant Superintendent of Recreation
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art