Public Art Program

CALL FOR ARTISTSDownload full RFQ project specifications and apply to Public Art Calls.

ARTIST INFORMATION SESSIONS – REGISTER HERE  – Virtual Artist Information Sessions will be held to educate artists, art teams and art fabricators about opportunities for upcoming public art commissions for the future New Single Terminal and Parking at Kansas City International Airport. This event is the first of two identical virtual sessions and will be recorded for posting and viewing reference later.

TIMELINE – View the progress of the public art program for the new terminal project


Where can I find general information?
For information regarding the KCMO 1% Public Art Program, you can visit To learn about the Municipal Art Commission, click here. You can also subscribe to project notifications by signing up here. General information about Public Art can be found here, courtesy of the Public Art Network.

How should I prepare for the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process?
Create an account on the Call For Entry “CaFE” website. Choose “Artist Signup” and follow the directions to get started.
STEP 1: My Portfolio. Upload work samples.
STEP 2: Apply to Calls. Search calls and apply.
STEP 3: Checkout. Complete and checkout.

What will the new airport look like and where is the art?
Visit the BuildKCI gallery for terminal and parking garage renderings. Download the art location heat map here.

I’m an artist, can I submit my work to the airport for consideration?
Yes. Once the RFQ is live, the application process will begin, following the City of Kansas City, MO One Percent for Art procedures.

I’m an artist and want to be involved with the airport art process, but I don’t have large-scale public art experience.
There will be multiple opportunities available to submit artworks for consideration in many other areas including still to be determined rotating gallery space and exhibits. Partnerships with multiple artists and/or fabrication studios with experience are eligible to enter.

Where can I find details about this project and process if I have ideas and comments?
An online “Arts and Culture at KCI” community presentation and survey was held through April 20 to share information, describe the process, discuss options and brainstorm ideas from arts organizations and the local community. Although the survey is closed, you can still click here to access the virtual presentation.

What is the timeline for airport art to be placed? Have I missed the deadline?
The New KCI Terminal will be open in April 2023. The chosen artworks will be installed prior to that date in various timelines based on the location and complexity of the installation. The RFQs will be issued in a staggered rollout beginning fall 2020.

Will music, dance, audio, video and other forms of art be showcased at the new airport?
Yes, there will be areas specifically designated for a variety of arts offerings. Scheduled arts programming will be coordinated and funded through the airport operating budget, rather than the One Percent for Art program.

Will the artwork in the new KCI feature all local Kansas City artists?
The new KCI Terminal RFQ will be open to international, regional and local artists. Specifics about local and regional opportunities will be included in the RFQ.

Who are the arts consultants on this project and what do they do?
The owner’s rep and design build team have contracted arts consultants, both local and internationally known, to work closely with the City and stakeholders to help guide the arts program with best practices and efficiency through the process. These consultants are contracted separately from the One Percent for Art budget.

What is the One Percent for Art budget for KCI artwork and what does it fund?
The One Percent for Art budget for The New Terminal and Parking Garage at KCI is 5.6 million dollars. It will fund permanent works of art commissioned for the New Single Terminal and Parking Garage at KCI.

What does “design-build” mean?
Design–build refers to design and construction services that are contracted by a single entity and used to minimize risks for the project owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project.

Who are the “stakeholders” and what is an “owner’s rep”?
A stakeholder is a person, group or organization that has a vested interest, concern in an organization, can affect and be affected by the organization action, objectives and policies. They are parties with most direct interest of stake in business decisions. The owner’s representative is a company (in this case, Paslay Management Group) or individual hired by the owner (Kansas City Aviation Department) to manage and execute a design and construction project on their behalf.

What is the difference between an RFQ and an RFP?
An RFQ is a “Request for Qualifications”: an application process that asks artists interested in a commission to submit information about their training, previous work, and other forms of evidence of their ability to create a public artwork. An RFP is a “Request for Proposals”: a detailed application that ask artists to develop and submit their ideas for a commission in order to contract work for a project. Both requests try to strike a balance between giving the artist a common starting point, room for creativity and also ensuring that the artwork produced is desirable and appropriate to the public and commissioning agency.

I have questions about the process, who do I contact?
Please send questions and inquiries to