Theatre in the Park Temporary Art Installation

The Call for Artists is Now Open

Are you an artist located within 500 miles of Kansas City? 
Click below to view the full project details and apply to be considered for this project!

Application deadline: January 27, 2022

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Questions and Virtual Open House Available for Artists

A virtual open house was held on January 12 at 12:00 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 Theatre in the Park is located on 10 acres in the northeast corner of Shawnee Mission Park. Each summer, Theatre in the Park presents five popular Broadway-style musicals, with casts featuring actors from the surrounding community. The season culminates with Evening in the Park, an annual, free summertime party in Shawnee Mission Park featuring live music and a movie. 

In 2022, as an added feature to Theatre in the Park, the Public Art Program will commission a temporary public art project to add a fun, interactive, and magical component to this much-loved community tradition.

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The goals for the Theatre in the Park temporary art installation are to:

  • Engage visitors in Shawnee Mission Park and attendees of Theatre in the Park with work that is fun, interactive and/or participatory.
  • Create a sense of magic in the park and around Theatre in the Park that can be enjoyed during daylight and evening hours.
  • Provide opportunities for local and regional artists.

Tentative timeline for the project:

December 2021 / January 2022

Issue Call for Artists

February 2022

Artist Qualifications Due
Application Review by Art Selection Committee

March 2022

Finalists Present Concept Proposals

April 2022 

Winning Design Selected, JCPRD Board Approval

April / May 2022

Finalize Design and Fabrication

June 2022

Installation / Artist Led Program (dates TBD)

August / September 2022


Photos of the front entrance of Theatre in the Park, where the piece will be located:

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The Theatre in the Park Art Selection Committee includes:

Mark Allen
JCPRD Planning & Development

Tim Bair
JCPRD Culture Division / Theatre in the Park

Kelby Hellwig
JCPRD Parks & Golf Courses

Susan Mong
JCPRD Superintendent of Culture

Jen Rivas
City of Shawnee

Darcy Stewart
JE Dunn

Jonathan Thomas
Theatre Advisory Council Member & Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Shelly Trewolla
Public Art Committee

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