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.
2019 Call for Street Mural Artists
The City is looking to employ an artist or artist team, for the Spring of 2019 to paint a mural on the concrete pavement located at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets in downtown Olathe. Please review the call for artists for submission instructions.
Permanent Sculpture Exhibit
Sculptures are purchased and displayed throughout the Olathe community. There are currently 22 permanent sculptures throughout Olathe, including 3 outside of the Olathe Community Center.
Rotating Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Sculptures are selected and displayed throughout the downtown area of Olathe for a period of one to two years. The sculptures are on loan for a stipend amount from artists throughout the country.
The 2018 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is currently on display. This year's exhibit was juried by members of Olathe's Public Art Committee. The 2018 exhibit will close on April 22, 2019. The 2019 exhibit will open on June 3, 2019.
Visit the Sculpture Exhibit Sites to enjoy an interactive self-guided tour illustrating images and locations for each sculpture.
Expression of Data Project
The City utilizes data from “key result indicators” to help provide a snapshot of the overall health and well-being of the City of Olathe. The data is typically visualized through charts and graphs, but through the expression of data project, citizens get the opportunity to visualize and connect with the data in a unique and meaningful way. “Spirit Cycle” by artist Nathan Pierce was chosen for this project, representing the artist’s interpretation of the City’s Mobility Index data from 2016. You can learn more about the City’s Mobility Index on page 15 of the 2017 Annual Performance Report.
Spirit Cycle is on display with the 2018 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. The artist writes: This sculpture represents an abstraction of a satellite or communication device. The wheel in the sculpture represents the new #10 Mobility index data, as it symbolizes the City's efforts to maintain and improve future transportation. This form is symbolic of the overall communication efforts that the City of Olathe and its residents have engaged themselves with in order to make their community a better, safer place. The assessment of the 2016 performance Data indicates that nearly all indicators identified have met or exceeded expectations. Data collection is a form of communication, and this sculpture provides a visual representation of that effort.
Call 913-971-8658 for additional information about Public Art in Olathe