The Arts Council of Johnson County enhances the quality of life in the community by strengthening the Arts.
More than just an advocate for the Arts, The Arts Council of Johnson County is dedicated to the enrichment of our community through the Arts. Building a creative culture. Transforming the region into a vibrant, thriving area desirable to new businesses, new visitors, more tourists. Helping to bring the right people together to effect change.
Focus Areas and Key Programs
The Arts Council of Johnson County focuses on:
- Advocating for policies that strengthen the Arts in Johnson County and the metropolitan area
- Championing Arts learning opportunities for all ages
- Amplifying Johnson County’s voice in the broader metropolitan area Arts discussions
- Contributing to the growth of the Arts within the 21 municipalities of Johnson County
Arts JoCo is a cooperative of arts and cultural organizations that serve Johnson County. Representatives of the organizations meet every other month over lunch for networking, advocacy, cooperative marketing and peer led professional development.
Shooting Stars Scholarship and Awards Program annually recognizes and awards scholarships to Johnson County high school seniors who excel in the arts. Students are nominated by their high school arts teachers. More than 1,000 student artists (and their teachers) have been recognized through Shooting Stars since the program began in 1997.
smART Exchange is a program that brings together a diverse audience of people interested in the Arts to discuss a different topic related to the Arts at each gathering. The Arts Council hosts three to four of these engaging discussions each year.
For more information, including an overview, management and governance structures, and the organization’s financials, find ACJC’s profile on the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s website.
Originally called the Arts and Humanities Association of Johnson County, in 1992 the organization was officially established as a non-profit agency serving the Johnson County, KS area.
Key initiatives in the early years centered around building partnerships within the Johnson County cultural community and underwriting community programs such as the early childhood arts education program.
With the development of a county arts business plan in 2003 the organization became The Arts Council of Johnson County. The Suburban Arts Business Plan was launched in 2004.
In 2010, ACJC met with artists, arts organizations and educators to learn about how to better support their work in the community. Those sessions also sparked a partnership with what would become the InterUrban ArtHouse: a gathering place for artists and a catalyst for small business development.
Today, the Arts Council of Johnson County not only advocates for the arts but the agency also works on behalf of the Johnson County cultural community and is a vital regional partner in Kansas City creative sector.