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Parade of Hearts

 
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Creating community through art, one heart at at time and

focusing on some of industries in our area that suffered most during the pandemic.

As the community navigated its way through the last two years of the pandemic, numerous people and industries felt the brunt of COVID’s blow — healthcare, the arts, tourism, childhood education, small and minority-owned businesses and many more. Understanding that something needed to be done to help support these causes, leaders within the Kansas City community came together and founded the Parade of Hearts with that specific goal in mind.

 

The Parade of Hearts is uniquely representative of and dedicated to Kansas City’s diverse and eclectic community. The canvas is a very recognizable local symbol — the KC Heart. Artists showcased their artistic abilities and passions around the betterment of Kansas City with each installation, embodying a uniquely different viewpoint and perspective, all with the goal of bolstering the city and its people.

 

Hundreds of local artists submitted concepts for how they’d bring their unique vision to life on a five-foot-tall, heart-shaped canvas. The result? 156 designs by 124 artists were selected, and that’s when their incredible work began. Those chosen to showcase their talents across the metro were provided a stipend and a timeline — the public unveiling would occur at the beginning of March, with each heart finding its temporary home in time for Spring.

Then, once the community had a chance to enjoy the art around town, each installation would be auctioned off, with proceeds going to four different local organizations — The University of Kansas Health System, Mid-America Regional Council, AltCap and Visit KC Foundation.

156

Total hearts displayed around the Kansas City metropolitan

124

Artists who contributed artwork for the exhibition

 

The amount of talent and creativity in Kansas City is surreal but what’s more inspiring is its ability to band together, as one community, around a common cause. That’s what the Parade of Hearts is truly about — supporting one another through the toughest of times, sticking up for those who put their health on the line for the greater good, and helping those workers and communities who were affected so deeply.

5' Tall

Height of each fiberglass heart

3 Months

Duration the Parade of Hearts was publicly exhibited in Kansas City

 

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Carole Hollman

Carole Hollman

Practice Director - Culture

With over 13 years of experience in the museum design/build world, Carole has successfully led and facilitated large-scale exhibit and interpretive projects of national importance around the country for over a decade. Carole’s passion... more about Carole Hollman Carole Hollman Carole Hollman Practice Director - Culture

With over 13 years of experience in the museum design/build world, Carole has successfully led and facilitated large-scale exhibit and interpretive projects of national importance around the country for over a decade. Carole’s passion for storytelling and her love of the non-profit, educational world make her a natural and compassionate leader in this field. Her combined skills and professional experience make her a powerful listener, communicator, client liaison, internal and external group facilitator, conceptual thinker, visionary, and team leader.

Having spent 20+ years in a number of different creative and educational fields, she brings an added design mentality and the benefits of cross-industry experience to any project. She has an extensive background across a wide range of fields, including: Museum and Exhibit Design and Fabrication; Software Design and Development; Healthcare and Healthcare Education/Certification; Professional and Continuing Education; and K-12 Educational Design.

As the project leader, Carole’s main goal is to assemble the best team for each project, set them up for highest success, and let them do what they do best, while staying personally involved at a high level from beginning to end. Notable past projects include: The Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum; Wonderscope Children’s Museum; UNMC McGoogan Library Wigton Heritage Center; Dane G. Hansen Museum; Zoo Knoxville, KidScape at the Johnson County Museum, and the Kansas Museum of History.

Paul Martin

Paul Martin

Director of Advanced Manufacturing Solutions

Brought onboard to Dimensional Innovations in 2020, Paul has over 20 years of experience developing and executing some of the world’s most challenging architectural cladding projects. He specializes in working directly with design,... more about Paul Martin Paul Martin Paul Martin Director of Advanced Manufacturing Solutions

Brought onboard to Dimensional Innovations in 2020, Paul has over 20 years of experience developing and executing some of the world’s most challenging architectural cladding projects. He specializes in working directly with design, ownership, and contracting  teams to refine and optimize designs for fabrication and installation. Using DI’s advanced CNC equipment, including the largest 3D printer commercially available, Paul is able to assist designers in realizing their most ambitious projects, while working directly with the Operations group to ensure budget and schedule expectations. Paul is also able to leverage the vast capabilities with DI’s design and technology departments to further enhance the projects under development. 

 

Paul earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. He often presents his work at industry conferences and guest lectures at various university programs.

 
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