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Art Programs

Crowd of people watching a musical performance outside.Under the guidance of the Lenexa Arts Council, we offer a variety of art-related programs throughout the year. These programs span different types of art, including visual, performing, music and literary arts.


Art scholarships

Each year, the Arts Council sponsors approximately $3,500 in arts scholarships for Lenexa graduating seniors who are interested in the arts. Outside judges select scholarship winners, and we award scholarships in visual arts, performing arts and literary arts.

Tips for submitting a successful application

Applications are now being accepted for 2018.


Art trolley tour

Join the Lenexa Arts Council and Lenexa Chamber of Commerce for this unique event that combines an enjoyable trolley ride throughout Lenexa and several opportunities to see art. We’ll start at the new City Hall located at City Center, 17101 W. 87th Street Parkway and then visit two other sites to view art and enjoy light refreshments. The 2017 event was held Sept.14. Check back in mid-2018 for details about the next event.


Community Orchestra

The Lenexa Arts Council has created a new Community Orchestra to enrich the artistic, musical and cultural climate of our city by providing family friendly musical entertainment. The first season was held during the summer of 2017. We will be looking for community volunteers again in 2018 to play in the orchestra and serve in other volunteer positions. 


HeART of Lenexa Contest

Create a piece of artwork inspired by something you love about Lenexa and you could win one of several great prizes. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 31 of each year.


Lenexa Outdoor Concert Series

Enjoy free outdoor concerts featuring a variety of music types on Sunday evenings in May, June and September.


Live music at festivals & events

We promote the arts through live musical entertainment at special events including Lenexa Art Fair, Enchanted Forest and the Lenexa Spinach Festival.


Poetry slam and open mic nights

Join us for the next Sunflower Poetry Slam and open mic night on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at the City Hall Community Forum, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy. Doors open at 6 p.m. (signup lists for both open mic and slam drop at 6 p.m. sharp; first come, first served). The open mic runs approximately 6:15–7 p.m., and the slam will follow. Admission and participation as a poet is $5 per person.

Open Mic: Bring your own poetry or read works by your favorite poets (maximum of 5 minutes on stage).

Poetry Slam: 10 poets compete for a $50 prize. Round 1: 10 poets; Round 2: 5 poets; Round 3: 3 poets. One winner will be selected.

  • Poets should come with three original pieces of their own writing. No props or costumes allowed – just you and your poetry.

  • For each round, your poem must be 3 minutes, 10 seconds – or less (participants will lose points for going over time).

  • Participants will be judged on a scale of 1-10 by five randomly chosen members of the audience. An official time and scorekeeper will be on site.

Both the open mic and slam will be hosted by Caroline Ewing. Not PSi-certified. All are welcome; parents may want to use discretion, as some content may include adult subject matter or strong language and not be family friendly.


Theater camp for children 

Sign your child up to participate in our week-long theater camp held during the summer. 


Theatre Hikes

Combine a leisurely walk with a live performance, and the result is a great family outing. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your lawn chairs or blankets and snacks. You can expect to walk approximately 2 miles. Check back for future dates.


Contact Information

Susanne Neely, 913.477.7131, sneely@lenexa.com