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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 more than $3,000 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.

Applications are typically available in the fall, and we honor the winners the following April.


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. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, Sept. 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

Add the tour to your calendar

Register with the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce


Community Orchestra

The Lenexa Arts Council is creating a new Community Orchestra to enrich the artistic, musical and cultural climate of our city by providing family friendly musical entertainment. We will be looking for community volunteers 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, Movies in the Park, Enchanted Forest and the Lenexa Spinach Festival.


Poetry reading open mic nights

Join us Saturday, Sept. 9 at the City Hall Community Forum, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., for the Poetry Open Mic and Slam. Doors open at 6 p.m. (sign-up 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 are free.

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 Poet Jen Harris and Samantha Slupski. 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. Register online.


Theatre Hikes

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Lenexa City Center
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m., Black Hoof Park, Stone Wall Shelter

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and watch a live-theater play, "The Complete History of America, (abridged)". Admission is free.


Contact Information

Susanne Neely, 913.477.7131, sneely@lenexa.com