A grand opening celebration is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the recently completed Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park.
The celebration caps more than 18 months of renovations to the former King Louie West building, which opened in 1959, into the new multifunctional Arts & Heritage Center. The building was purchased by Johnson County six years ago to meet the needs of several county-funded operations, including the new location of Johnson County Museum along with programs by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.
The June 10th event will feature a free day of activities; tours of the venue; museum exhibits and experiences including an expanded KidScape program for children at the Johnson County Museum; dance and art classes; entertainment; and more. The site includes a permanent exhibit called “Becoming Johnson County,” highlighting the history of Johnson County with more than 400 objects and 500 photographs and featuring the 1950s All-Electric House as its centerpiece.
As part of the community celebration, The Theatre in the Park will present “Grease” on the indoor “black box” theater stage at the Arts & Heritage Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, with additional performances through June 25.
The Arts & Heritage Center will be home to the Arts Council of Johnson County and Johnson County Developmental Supports’ Emerging Artists Program. The Overland Park Historical Society will also have a room and exhibits in the facility.
The regular operating hours of the Arts & Heritage Center are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.