Okun Fieldhouse Mural Project

This Call for Artists is Now Closed.

Application deadline: January 25, 2022

Artists will be contacted in mid-February regarding their application status.

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Questions and Virtual Open House Available for Artists

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.

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Project Overview

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 Mill Creek Streamway Trail 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.

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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.

Tentative timeline for the project:

Late December 2021

Issue Call for Artists

January 2022

Artist Qualifications Due

February 2022

Application Review by Art Selection Committee

March 2022

Finalists Present Concept Proposals

April 2022

Winning Design Selected 

May 2022

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:

Allison Bowman
Local Artist

Jordan Cline
JCPRD Planning & Development

Doug Hite
JCPRD Sports & Facilities North Manager

J.J. Miller
City of Shawnee

Susan Mong
JCPRD Superintendent of Culture

Shannon Sonnier
JCPRD Assistant Superintendent of Recreation

Carol Tinklepaugh
Local Artist

Whitney Williamson
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art


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