Announcement of a major gift for the public art program of the JCPRD

By David Markham

Johnson County Parks & Recreation Foundation recently announced a major pledge from Carol and Fred Logan of Leawood. The Logans have agreed to donate $30,000 over three years to support JCPRD’s public art program.

“The importance of charitable giving means something different to every donor,” the couple shared in a statement. “In this specific case, we are very pleased to support the JCPRD as it creates exciting new opportunities to make art accessible and part of everyday life for all visitors to its parks and programs. For many years we have had great fun at Johnson County Parks and love the idea of ​​supporting the JCPRD Public Art Program which is sure to engage visitors of all ages and add to the excellence of our already incredible parks system, programs and facilities! »

JCPRD launched the Public Art Program in 2019 to activate its park spaces in a new way, and with input from the public, community partners and local artists, completed a Public Art Master Plan in 2021 to serve as a roadmap for the next five years.

Inspired by the Kansas sunflower, “Gateway” by local artist Amie Jacobsen will be the first public art installation under JCPRD’s public art program. The piece will be installed in Meadowbrook Park later this year.

“The JCPRD Public Art Program will add a new dimension to Johnson County’s parks, programs and facilities – an easily accessible opportunity for visitors of all ages to experience and interact with works of art in environments that could be unexpected,” added Carol Logan. “The arts offer something for everyone. Our family has had many wonderful experiences through the arts organizations in this community.

Their monetary contribution is not the Logans’ first involvement with JCPRD, as Fred Logan and his son Andy serve as the district’s legal advisers. Fred also chaired the successful 1998 campaign in which Johnson County voters overwhelmingly approved funding for the creation of Big Bull Creek Park, which opened to the public in 2018.

“We have been pleased for many years to be actively involved in our church, our children’s schools and activities, and organizations that support the arts, libraries, higher education and health care,” said the Logans.

Their donation is the major major gift for the foundation’s public art fundraising efforts that began in earnest last fall. Since then, the program has received $10,000 from the AT&T Foundation and $7,500 from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for the Art and Natural Resources residency.

To learn more about JCPRD’s public art program, visit JCPRD.com. https://jcprd.com/1308/Programme-d-art-public.

To make a donation, go to jcprdfoundation.org.

Kayleen C. Rice