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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 Open Mic

Join us on Third Thursdays for an evening of creative wordplay at our Sunflower Poetry Open Mic nights, hosted by Poet Jen Harris at the Lenexa Community Forum at City Hall, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy. Open mic events will take place each month in 2020 except March. 

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.) Admission and participation are free.

To help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, this event is currently held online via Zoom.

Register for the event online

City Center Art Walk

Join us for a walking tour to explore a variety of art in Lenexa. Guided tour provided by members of the Lenexa Arts Council. Check back this summer for details.

Theater on the Trail

Enjoy a play and get some exercise out in the fresh air at this unique event, which combines live theater with a leisurely paced walk through the beautiful Black Hoof Park.  

Free admission. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and be prepared to walk about 2 miles.

Check back in 2021 for information about our next event.

Peace Poles Community Art Project

This series of creative monuments designed by community members and adorned with original art and messages of peace will be exhibited in public spaces throughout Lenexa during the summer and fall of 2021. Submit a design proposal by Feb. 1, 2021.

Lenexa Artists' Show

We honor the artists in our community each year by hosting the Lenexa Artists’ Show, which features 2D and 3D works by Lenexa residents only. This is a juried show, and our judges give awards in various categories for exceptional artwork. 

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 from August–September.

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.

Contact Information

Susanne Neely, 913.477.7131,