Art and Natural Resources Residency

Are you an artist residing in the Kansas City metro area with a special interest in prairie restoration efforts within the JCPRD regional parks? View the project details below and apply to be considered for this project today!

Qualifications are due by Thursday, December 15 at 11:59 PM.
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JCPRD will host an optional virtual open house / informational session for all prospective applicants to provide an overview of the park, the goals for the project, a review of the application process, and field any questions. This session will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, December 6 from 12:00 – 12:30pm. Although the session will not be recorded, questions and answers will be compiled and shared on this page.

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The Art and Natural Resources Residency is a short-term residency program to engage a local artist and allow them to embed with the JCPRD Natural Resource team to learn, respond artistically, and amplify the important work of land restoration -- specifically, prairie restoration efforts throughout JCPRD.

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 prairie restoration efforts within JCPRD and specifically at Kill Creek Park.
  • Provide a platform for artists to create new, engaging art projects that grow out of an exploration of the work of the JCPRD 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 that staff have on the health of the natural ecosystem.
  • Support the growth and development of Kansas City regional artists.

Educational Resources

Kill Creek Prairie Burning 1 Opens in new windowThe Art and Natural Resources Residency Art Selection Committee includes:

  • Kaitlyn Ammerlaan, Grassland Heritage Foundation
  • Ryan Bell, JCPRD Fine Arts Coordinator
  • Monte Fiegel, JCPRD NW Region Park Manager
  • Matt Garrett, JCPRD Natural Resource Manager
  • Brett Hager, JCPRD Planning and Development Project Manager II
  • Susan Mong, JCPRD Superintendent of Culture

Tentative Timeline

November 16, 2022

Issue Call for Artists

December 6, 2022

Virtual Open House / Informational Session

December 15, 2022

Artist Qualifications Due

December 20, 2022

ASC Selects Finalists

December 27 – January 6, 2023

Finalist Interviews with ASC / Select Artist for Residency

February 27 – March 24, 2023

On-Site Residency with JCPRD Staff
 * Mid-March: Proposal Presentation

Late March / Early April 2023

Fabrication of Temporary Art Piece
 Content Gathering for Educational Exhibit

Week of May 1, 2023

Installation of Temporary Art Piece

Week of May 8, 2023

Printing/Installation of Educational Exhibit (by JCPRD)

May / June 2023

Community Engagement Activity

TBD - Late 2023


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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.Button_Public Art Master Plan Opens in new window

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. The foundation 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].

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