Art and Natural Resources Residency

The Call for Artists is Now Open

Are you an artist residing in the Kansas City metro area? 
View the call details below and apply to be considered for this project!

Application deadline: February 3, 2022

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Questions and Virtual Open House Available for Artists

A virtual open house was held on January 12 at 12:30 pm 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 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.

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The goals for the Art and Natural Resources Residency are to:

  • Create interactive, artistic experiences that allow park visitors to learn about the land restoration and the ecology and natural systems that make up the JCPRD parks. Specifically, this ANRR will focus on the health of forests and the effect of the invasive species at Shawnee Mission Park.
  • Provide a platform for artists to create new, engaging art projects that grow out of an exploration of the work of the Natural Resources team, the process of land restoration, and the ecology and natural systems of JCPRD parks.
  • Increase community engagement, awareness, and appreciation related to the JCPRD Natural Resource Plan and the efforts and impact our staff have on the health of our natural ecosystem.
  • Support the growth and development of Kansas City regional artists.

Tentative timeline for the project:

December 2021

Approve Project Plan and Issue Call for Artists

February 2022

Artist Qualifications Due
Application Review by Art Selection Committee
Interviews Conducted for Finalists

March 2022

Winning Artist Selected
JCPRD Board Approval

April 2022

Final Schedule Outlined for Artist Residency

August 2022

Artist Residency with JCPRD Staff On-Location at Shawnee Mission Park

September 2022

Design Approved, Fabrication, Workshop Planning 

October 2022

Installation, Workshop, Community Day (dates TBD)


The Art and Natural Resources Residency Art Selection Committee includes:

Ryan Bell
JCPRD Fine Arts Coordinator

Matt Garrett
JCPRD Biologist

Megan Garrett
JCPRD Planning & Development

Linda Lehrbahm
Kansas City Wildlands

Susan Mong
JCPRD Superintendent of Culture

This project is made possible by the generous support of:

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JCPRD's Public Art Vision Statement

Public art in JCPRD parks, trails and facilities will inspire a deeper connection to place through interactive, immersive, and inclusive experiences.

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