Heritage Park Public Art Project

This Call for Artists is now OPEN! Apply before April 2, 2024.

Project Overview

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.

Project Goals:

  • 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.

Artist Eligibility: 

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].

Artist Stipend:

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.

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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.

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!

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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