Heritage Park Public Art Project
This Call for Artists is now OPEN! Apply before April 2, 2024.
The JCPRD Public Art Program is interested in commissioning a site-specific, permanent sculpture at Heritage Park to commemorate the Trail of Death and celebrate the resiliency of the Potawatomi tribe. The Trail of Death, a forced removal journey of the Potawatomi tribe, occurred in 1838. This 660-mile grueling trek passed through the land that is now Heritage Park in Olathe, KS.
- Commemorate the 1838 Potawatomi Trail of Death which travelled through Heritage Park.
- Use art to celebrate the resiliency of the Potawatomi tribe and reflect their culture, incorporating culturally significant colors, symbols, or imagery, as appropriate.
- Use art to highlight and celebrate the natural environment within Heritage Park including native flora, fauna, and unique features of the park.
- Celebrate the role that art and artists play in our community and in our economy.
The public art opportunity is open to professional artists residing within the United States with a tribal affiliation that is recognized. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact us at [email protected].
The artist stipend for this project is $100,000. This stipend, payable to the artist, is to include artist design fee, labor, fabrication, materials, transportation costs, a community engagement activity, and any mounting or hardware costs associated with the installation.
Learn More Before You Apply!
JCPRD hosted an optional virtual open house / informational session for prospective applicants via Zoom on Thursday, February 22nd to provide an overview of Heritage Park, the goals for the project, a review of the application process, and field any questions. The presentation and a copy of the Q&A can be found below.
Submittal of Qualifications
Interested artists should submit their qualifications as outlined below by Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 11:59 PM MT through the CaFÉ (Call for Entry) website.
Technical support regarding the online submission platform can be found here .
- Submission of a tribal membership card or letter from the respective tribal enrollment office.
- A letter of interest that indicates your interest in the project and how you might approach the commission of creating a site-specific piece at Heritage Park (no more than 2 pages).
- A CV/resume with current contact information (no more than 3 pages).
- Names and contact information for 3 professional references.
- Up to 10 sample images of previous artwork relevant to this project.
- A corresponding image list with artwork title, medium, dimensions, brief description, location, date of work, commissioning entity and budget/price.
Note: there is no cost to submit your qualifications and be considered for this project!
Email us at [email protected] or call 913-715-2574. We are happy to help!
The Heritage Park Public Art Project Art Selection Committee includes:
- Angela Montgomery, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
- Blake Norton, Director of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center
- Eddie Coffey, JCPRD Southwest Region Park Manager
- George Godfrey, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
- Jon Boursaw, Legislator, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
- Kathryn McClure, Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Museum professional
- Susan Mong, JCPRD Superintendent of Culture
- T.J. Harvey, Assistant JCPRD Southwest Region Park Manager
- Tammy Mikinski, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
- Whitney Williamson, Public Art Committee
- Yolonda Guyton, JCPRD Planning & Development Department
- Jen Newell, administrative support, non-voting