Parks and Recreation Foundation announces donation to Johnson County Museum
The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County recently announced plans to donate up to a quarter of a million dollars in matching funds towards the development of a new Johnson County Museum exhibit for the future Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center expected to open in mid-2017 at the former King Louie building.
The foundation plans to match pledges and contributions up to a total of $250,000 made through the end of 2016. Approval and announcement of the donation was made during a foundation board meeting conducted on July 11 in Shawnee Mission Park.
“JCPRD incorporation of the museum into our operations and our involvement in the JCAHC only strengthens and reinforces our commitment to culture, heritage and the arts,” said Johnson County Park & Recreation District Executive Director Jill Geller, who also serves as secretary of the foundation. “The foundation saw this donation as a way to support that aspect of our offerings, and also contribute to the new facility’s, the museum’s, and JCPRD’s success. The foundation’s approach in offering this as a matching donation is to inspire others to donate, resulting in a museum exhibit that will draw thousands of visitors each year.”
The new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is scheduled to open in May 2017 at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park.
The “Becoming Johnson County” exhibit will tell the story of the area’s history and development through four large humanities themes: land, policy, regionalism and individual impact. The museum’s popular historic house museum, the 1950’s All-Electric House, will be the centerpiece of the new exhibit gallery. In approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of space, more than 400 objects and over 500 photographs from the museum collections will challenge visitors to explore the impact of decisions made in the past and how they affect the future. Tactile, interactive stations will spark and reinforce learning as well as add some fun for visitors of all ages, with the goal of instilling in visitors a stronger sense of place and connecting our visitors with the ideas, people, and events that have influenced how Johnson County has grown over the past 200 years.
In addition to the museum, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center will have space for exhibitions, education programming, collection storage, a workshop, offices, and research functions. The facility will be managed by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, and will have space available for The Theatre in the Park and community theatre productions, fine arts programming, special events, and meetings.
For more information, or to make donations to this project, individuals and organizations can go to http://jocomuseumfoundation.org or contact Johnson County Museum Director Mindi Love at (913) 715-2555 or at Mindi.Love@jocogov.org.