The Parade of Hearts Chooses 123 Artists of Note

The past two years have been even more challenging than usual for the artistic community. An upcoming public art installation series is supporting 123 artists through commissions for visual art displayed around the region. 

Parade of Hearts says that it aims to show unification in a divided time. The organization received more than 700 submissions from artists around the region. Each selected artist will receive a stipend of $2,000 to create original work in the shape of the KC heart to represent the heart of America and will be displayed around the region.

Funds will also support Altcap, fund grants for minority-owned businesses, the Visit KC Foundation, the University of Kansas Health System, and the Mid-America Regional Council

Meet three of the artists chosen and keep an eye out for their art in the early spring of 2022. 


Parade of Hearts artwork submitted by Anthony High.

Anthony High
High has been creating since childhood, and art has become not just his passion but a profession. High teaches classes at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City School District, UMKC, and the Metropolitan Community Colleges of Kansas City. His work celebrates the African American experience through drawing, painting, and printmaking.

Parade of Hearts artwork submitted by Trey Morgan.

Trey Morgan
Morgan is a multi-disciplinary artist working in motion graphics, sculpture, and visual art. Find his work at

Parade of Hearts artwork submitted by Claudia Cira.

Claudia Cira
Cira recently moved to Kansas City from Mexico and brought her native land’s influence to her design. Her presentation evokes Mexican pottery design, blended with Kansas City’s local flavor. This is her first art presentation in Kansas City. 

Click here to see the full list of artists.