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Peace Poles Community Art Project

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Photo by Marshall Rimann

Photo by Marshall Rimann

The Peace Poles Community Art Project — a series of poles designed by community members and adorned with original art and messages of peace — was displayed in Lenexa's Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park during the summer and fall of 2021. The purpose was to inspire peace, hope, creativity and community involvement.

The Peace Poles Community Art Project was organized as a partnership between the Lenexa Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Western Johnson County, the Lenexa Arts Council and the City of Lenexa.

Thirty artists or groups — including fine artists, multi-generational families, friends and two Girl Scout troops — were selected to create 39 poles for the display. Following the six-month-long exhibit, the Rotary clubs hosted an auction to sell the poles, raising $10,444 to benefit Project 1020, Johnson County’s only cold-weather homeless shelter.

International Day of Peace in Lenexa proclamation (PDF)

Judging & Awards

A panel including art professionals judged the entries in May, and awards were announced at a ceremony in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.

Best of Show:
Andy Handwork

First Place:
Geheb & MacDonald Family

Second Place:
Cindy Heller

Honorable Mention:
Marci Blank
Patty Jaksa Brundage
Girl Scout Troop 1790
Janet Hall
Michelle Herman
Laurie Hess
Jennifer & Darlene Lindsey
Abbie Peters
Jill Ragar
Lory Rodak

Peace Poles Exhibit Sponsors

  • Kiewit 
  • Commerce Bank

Peace Poles Auction Sponsors

  • Kiewit 
  • Gill Studios
  • GBA Builders
  • Park University

Contact Information

Susanne Neely, 913.477.7131, sneely@lenexa.com