Public Art Program


Summer/Fall 2020:  RFQ for Public Art at KCI
At this time, the RFQ and RFP submission dates and deadlines have not been finalized, nor the quantity or specific pieces selected. Please check back for updates.

Through April 20, 2020 (CLOSED):  “Arts & Culture at KCI” Public Presentation and Community Input
The public was invited to watch, learn and participate in the “Arts & Culture at KCI” online presentation and survey. It was one way to get informed, comment and discuss the public’s vision for art at the new single terminal and parking garage at KCI. The online presentation is still viewable by clicking here. By viewing the presentation, the public can learn about the biggest “One Percent for Art” project in KCMO history. The public also had the opportunity to submit comments and feedback via an online survey link at the end of the presentation. The survey was available online for most of April, ending on April 20, 2020.

February 2020 (CLOSED):  Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Project Advisory Artists
This role is an advisory one and selected artists will not be eligible to apply for One Percent for Art projects at KCI. For eligibility and requirements visit our online contracting system. In the AD CATEGORY pull-down menu, go to “Art RFQ/Ps,” then download the attachment for “Project No. 62180498 -RFQ/P – New Single Terminal Airport – Consulting Individuals with Artistic Background.” Submissions are due by 5:00pm CST February 21, 2020.


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

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.

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 RFQ will be issued in summer/fall 2020 with art install to take place 2021-2023.

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. The RFQ will describe the process for submitting applications for consideration.

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.

What will the new airport look like and where is the art?
Visit the BuildKCI gallery for terminal and parking garage renderings. Details about specific art locations are still being determined.

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