Seeking an artist in residence for the 2020 Champions for Health Youth Summit



KC Healthy Kids seeks an artist in residence for the 2020 Champions for Health Youth Summit, set for March 10, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The artist will act as emcee for a brief program, will deliver a 5-minute keynote address, and will engage the audience in creating a community-based work  that lifts up the kids’ voices and captures the energy of the day.

  • Submissions Due January 6
  • Stipend: $1,500 for artist’s appearance, planning time, supplies and suitable display materials such as framing, stand, etc. KC Healthy Kids will provide a space to work, lunch, publicity and volunteers.
  • The work will become property of KC Healthy Kids.
  • To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, examples of relative works to Heather Winslow Gibbons.

Past Champions for Health artists include Michael Vance Toombs, Enrique Chi and Beautiful Minds, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s poetry slam team.

Champions for Health provides a framework for student-led, community-based projects that make schools and neighborhoods healthier for generations to come.

The youth summit brings together about 200 kids from urban, suburban and rural areas around Kansas City. They are invited because they have won or received honorable mention recognition for their proposed healthy school project. Winners are awarded $1,000 for their project idea and have an opportunity to win the grand prize, for a total of $2,500. Honorable mention recipients are awarded $100.

They will spend the day learning to speak out for change, and meeting with their elected officials. Six classrooms will take the stage to make a pitch for their project.

Learn more about Champions for Health

Questions? Contact Heather Winslow Gibbons or call 816-523-5353


Hallway Activities

  • Instagram Booth
  • Thank You Note Station
  • Registration

Breakout Sessions 

  1. Kansas City Room: Group Photos
  2. Brush Creek Room: Inner Knowledge
  3. Troost Room: 12345 Fit-Tastic
  4. Paseo Room: American Lung Association
  5. Brookside Room: Farm to School Academy

Past Residencies

2019 Youth Summit – Built for Greater Things

At the 2019 youth summit, Enrique Chi and Beautiful Minds, the poetry slam team from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy shared the stage.

The poetry slam team gave a quick workshop on how to present with confidence. They asked the crowd for prompts, then spent the morning writing a piece they performed at the Lunch & Listen. The Lincoln Poets are India Walker, Abby Espino Salazar, Mylin McDaniel, Hilary Pham, America Fontenot, Marjai Neal, Aisha Arij and sponsor Joyce Nguyen Hernandez.

Enrique Chi is leader and songwriter for Making Movies, a Kansas City-based band with an international following. He was born in Panama and moved to Kansas City when he was six, and he’s making a big difference for kids in his community. He talked to students about social justice, and what it means to use your voice with intention.


2018 Youth Summit – Hopeful Future

“Hopeful Future” is a modern mosaic created by kids from Kansas City’s urban, suburban and rural communities at KC Healthy Kids’ Champions for Health youth summit on March 6, 2018. It serves as a reminder  that kids’ voices count!

Artist Michael Vance Toombs developed the concept and sketch. He had it enlarged and printed, then cut it into pieces so everyone could add color and messages. Kids worked on their pieces throughout the morning, and in the afternoon, Michael and volunteers glued the pieces onto a backing in time to unveil it at the end of the day.





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