The Arts Council of Johnson County
Where Connections are Made
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.
We invite you to learn more about who we are and how you can get involved.
- Take a look at the calendar for upcoming events and activities within Johnson County and the Kansas City region.
- Connect with the many artists, art educators and organizations, galleries and more throughout the area.
- And, whether you’re a novice or an Arts enthusiast, you’ll find many resources in the News & Resources section.
The Arts Council of Johnson County enhances the quality of life in the community by strengthening the Arts.
Focusing on the Arts as an effective economic development tool through which to foster a strong regional identity, ACJC:
- Advocates for policies that strengthen the Arts in Johnson County and the metropolitan area
- Champions Arts learning opportunities for all ages
- Amplifies Johnson County’s voice in the broader metropolitan area Arts discussions
- Contributes to the growth of the Arts within the 21 municipalities of Johnson County
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.
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 talented student artists, who are seniors involved in school Arts programs and nominated by their teachers at Johnson County schools. More than 1,000 student artists (and their teachers) have been recognized through Shooting Stars since the program began in 1996.
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.
A Little About the Council’s History
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.
The agency undertook the development of a county arts business plan in 2003 and changed it’s name to 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.