Local city halls open art galleries, boost culture

The Prairie Village gallery is better known to most residents as City Hall. …

Both mini-art galleries are part of a growing scene that partners extremely hard-working volunteers dedicated to the idea that art makes living better with governments in small municipalities that understand that art also makes economic sense.

The galleries in Prairie Village and Liberty city halls are two of many throughout suburban Kansas City, in Johnson County especially.

The city hall galleries that are so prevalent in the suburbs grew out of local public arts commissions run by dedicated volunteers who were committed to displaying art in their cities. In many cases, the galleries first sprung up at the local city hall because there was nowhere else to display art, especially for local artists.

Many of the city halls in Johnson County have some kind of mini-art gallery and arts commission pushing for public art. Roeland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, Prairie Village, Shawnee, Olathe and Overland Park all have public arts programs or some kind of arts council or commission working to put up art in city hall.

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