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Cultural Arts Division

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The Cultural Arts Division was established in 2018 to advance public arts and cultural opportunities for Lee’s Summit residents and visitors. The mission of the Cultural Arts Division is to build community with a drive towards economic vitality and cultural vibrancy. The Division ensures that the arts and creative industries have a voice in making our community a great place to live, work and play.

The Cultural Arts Division was created in response to the Cultural Arts Plan which called for the City of Lee’s Summit to be an active partner in promoting the success of local cultural organizations, programs and events. The Division provides support to the Lee’s Summit Arts Council which serves as the local arts agency for the Lee's Summit community.

Guiding Cultural Arts

Lee's Summit has a rich tradition of supporting the arts. The Cultural Arts Plan was developed in 2007 to provide guidance as City leadership and the Lee's Summit Arts Council work to enhance cultural offerings for the community that leverage partnerships, create economic impact and strengthen the overall quality of life.  

The Cultural Arts Plan establishes three primary focus areas: 

  • Participation - Include more people, more often, in a wide range of arts, culture and heritage experiences.

  • Creativity -  Strengthen and promote ways in which citizens can be creative through interactive exploration as well as through educational and enrichment offerings.
  • Placemaking - Provide formal and informal gathering spaces for the creation, presentation and enjoyment of cultural activities.