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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 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 2018 was Feb. 15. Check back in October for applications for the 2019 scholarship applications.

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. The 2018 event will take place on Thursday, Sept.13.

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. 

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, Enchanted Forest and the Lenexa Spinach Festival.

Sunflower Poetry Slam and Open Mic

Join us for the next Sunflower Poetry Slam and Open Mic with our new host, Sheri Hall, on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the City Hall Community Forum, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy. Signup list drops at 6 p.m. (first come, first served). Admission and participation as a poet is $5 per person.

Open Mic

  • Open mic begins at 6:15 p.m. 
  • If you read poetry by another poet during the open mic, please be sure to credit the author

One Round Slam!

  • The slam will begin at 7 p.m.
  • Bring your own poetry (original works only in the slam)
  • You get a maximum of 5 minutes on stage
  • Participants will be judged on a scale of 1–10 by randomly chosen members of the audience

  • An official time and scorekeeper will be on site

  • The best performance in the slam wins a prize of $50

Hosted by Sheri Hall. 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. 

Theatre Hikes

Combine a leisurely walk with a live performance, and the result is a great family outing. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your lawn chairs or blankets and snacks. You can expect to walk approximately 2 miles. Check back for future dates.

Contact Information

Susanne Neely, 913.477.7131,