Prairie Village’s first-ever art walk will tell stories behind the city’s sculptures, including the new piece ‘Fifties Freedom’
A summer of art and activities is on its way to Prairie Village.
The first-ever Prairie Village Art Walk will kick off on Friday June 11 with a ribbon cutting for the sculpture “Fifties Freedom In The Village” at 71st Street and Mission Road.
Jessie Cartwright, resident of Prairie Village and daughter of Anna belle campbell, who created the city’s iconic sculpture “Homesteaders”, launched the idea for the art walk last winter.
Cartwright and the Prairie Village Arts Council collected data on the city’s existing public art, created an art walking team, and selected a geo-mapping app for the event.
Now Cartwright has said she is ready to see the event come to fruition.
“I hope people develop an appreciation for public art in Prairie Village, represented by artists of local and international renown, and also gain a sense of well-being in their participation,” Cartwright said in an e- mail to Shawnee Mission Post.
Details of the artistic walk
Those wishing to participate in the inaugural art walk are to meet at the ‘Homesteaders’ sculpture on 69th Street and Mission Road at 5:30 pm on Friday, June 11.
From there, Mayor Eric Mikkelson and members of the city’s arts council will lead participants through village shops to the second stop on the second art walk, “Fluid Form”.
The third stop will be the ribbon cutting at “Fifties Freedom In The Village” at 6 pm.
Sculptor E. Spencer Schubert and donor Brad Johnson – a Shawnee Mission East graduate who has worked with the city for years to donate the piece – will be in attendance to officially unveil the city’s new sculpture.
The artwork was unveiled last summer amid the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to evoke the “uplifting sense of freedom” the children of Prairie Village felt in the post-World War II era by riding their bikes.
Mikkelson said that with the help of the arts council, the city has worked for several years and through several setbacks to bring “Fifties Freedom in the Village” to life.
A generous donation of land easement from First Washington Realty and a small amount of city and labor funding for the place where it is located ultimately enabled us to make Brad’s generous vision a reality for the sake of all of them, ”Mikkelson said.
After the ribbon cutting at the Statue of “Liberty”, participants will continue south on Mission Road to see four more public sculptures and a mural.
The June 11 event will end at Corinth Square. The total trip is 3.6 miles.
If you can’t come on Friday evening, there is a way to take a self-guided version of the tour.
Download OtoCast on your smartphone and search for “Prairie Village”, or it may appear automatically if you allow the app to track your location.
The self-guided audio tour of the Art Walk will be available on Otocast until August.