The Mayor of Olathe appoints Committee members, subject to confirmation by the Olathe City Council.
The purpose of the Olathe Public Art Committee is to support the mission of the Olathe Public Art Program, which is to:
- Foster the commissioning, acquisition, presentation, and preservation of permanent and temporary public art.
- Act as a steward of the City’s public art collection.
- Engage the public in the collection.
The Committee’s purpose also includes execution of the vision of the Olathe Public Art Program: “Public art in Olathe is an amenity that helps build the overall identity of the city, activates public spaces, and connects people to the community.” This vision builds upon three fundamental ideas:
- Identity. Public art will make Olathe a more memorable place, distinct from anywhere else in the region. Public art will signal that Olathe is a place where culture is appreciated and enjoyed.
- Activate. As the City is developing and, in some cases, re-envisioning Olathe’s main gathering places, public art can be a tool to make these distinctive environments that people want to inhabit.
- Connect. Public art can help tell Olathe’s stories, engage people in meaningful ways, and provide valuable, interactive experiences.
The Committee is composed of between 7 and 15 members serving three-year, staggered terms.
- Ronald Hicks
- Larry Thomas
- Ruthie Osa
- Doug Osa
- Rashawn Griffin
- Whitney Williamson
- Margaret Morris
- Carisa McMullen
- Chelsy Walker
- Cristina Walker
- John Andrade
- Melissa Jobe
- Martha Gabel
Meetings will be held quarterly, and more often as needed.
The staff liaison is the Parks & Recreation program analyst, 913-971-8658.