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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.


Sunflower Poetry Slam and Open Mic

Join us on Third Thursdays for an evening of creative wordplay at our Sunflower Poetry Slams and open mic nights, hosted by Poet Jen Harris at the Lenexa Community Forum at City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy. Monthly events will be held October 2018 through April 2019 (no event in December). Admission for the slam and open mic are free.

Open Mic begins at 6 p.m. (open mic is limited to 5 minutes on stage per person. May be reduced to 3 minutes depending on the number of people who sign up.)

Poetry Slam begins at 6:30 p.m. (Sign-up lists drop at 5:45 p.m. 10 slots available first come, first served. Order chosen by random drawing. Participants should have three items prepared. Time penalties are incurred after 3:10 minutes. Poets are disqualified after 4 minutes; no warning is given at the 3-minute mark. 10 slots in round 1; 5 back in round 2; 3 back in round 3. One winner will receive a $50 prize. Judges will be selected randomly from the audience.)

Audience participation is encouraged. Poets should be prepared as audience interruptions will not contribute to the poet's time. (This will be at the slam master's discretion. Fairness is the goal.)

Interested in developing your poetry skills or taking them to the next level? Sign up for monthly workshops held on the Third Thursdays, prior to the open mic. Poet Jen Harris will lead the one-hour sessions. Registration and details.


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.


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

The deadline for applying for a scholarship in 2019 is Feb. 14. Below are links to the applications.


Lenexa Outdoor Concert Series

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


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 in Lenexa to view art and enjoy light refreshments. The 2018 event was held on Sept. 13. Watch this site for future events.


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. We are currently looking for community volunteers to play in the orchestra and serve in other volunteer positions.


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.


Theater camp for children 

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


Contact Information

Susanne Neely, 913.477.7131, sneely@lenexa.com