Our Core Objectives
To offer a place where artists and creative industries can make and support art in a stable and affordable environment.
To fully integrate arts activities within the community by creating an open atmosphere through engagement, inclusivity and diversity.
To promote and facilitate the successful entrepreneurism of the creative industries by sharing resources, building connections and supporting collaborations.
To support growth and sustainability of the arts through education and professional and artistic development.
InterUrban ArtHouse is a designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
InterUrban ArtHouse was founded and developed by local community artist, Nicole Emanuel. We began in 2011 as a series of conversations with artists, arts organizations and civic and business leaders. It was clear there was a void in arts resources and studio facilities for Northeast Kansas.
The release of several reports including The Status of Artists in Kansas City, the Suburban Arts Business Plan, Arts & Economic Prosperity Study IV and Local Arts Index reports provided the hard evidence that points to a need for a cultural and creative hub at the Southwestern end of the Metro Arts Corridor, a region that stretches across the state line from Downtown KC.
Kansas City’s creative renaissance is anchored in these downtown locations. Combined with the new Art & Heritage Center, Nerman Museum and Johnson County Community College, a unique arts ecology is created with Historic Downtown Overland Park at its center.