If you’ve ever wanted Kansas City covered in 154 fiberglass hearts designed by local artists, consider your wish granted. The Parade of Hearts is finally here — with workers beginning to place the pieces + new rollouts this week.
This metro-wide art display combines the collective talents of artists ranging from professional adults to creative kids in a physical display of unity.
“The mission for the Parade of Hearts is to unite our region through an incredible public art experience.” (POH website)
“The goal is to set a national example of unification, truly showing the country we are the Heartland with a common purpose of making our communities strong.” (POH website)
Organizers plan to release an app where people can get incentives at certain locations with hearts. A new website (coming in a few days) will host artist bios and a merch store. Combined, these platforms will provide interactive maps + allow for donations, providing funding for initiatives including:
- $2,000 for each artist
- Grants for minority-owned businesses
- Grants for businesses in the tourism + hospitality industries
- Kansas Health System for long hauler COVID patients
- Mid-America Regional Council to re-open child care + education centers
Hearts will be rolled out over the next few weeks. Stay updated on Facebook + Instagram.
The Parade of Hearts runs for the next four months. In June, the hearts will be auctioned off.